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The Three Types of Distracted Driving

One of the most extensive problems on the road is distracted driving. Unfortunately, several drivers use their cell phones, eat, and focus on things they shouldn’t focus on when driving. As a result, some of the most significant injuries can arise.

After a crash, you must show causation. Recognizing the types of distracted driving can help you pursue the compensation you need and deserve. The three types of distracted driving to know about are:

  • Cognitive distractions
  • Manual distractions
  • Visual distractions

Cognitive Distractions

Cognitive distractions take the driver’s focus off the road. One of the most common forms of mental distractions is highway hypnosis. It’s almost like daydreaming, and some drivers don’t even remember portions of their drive. Cognitive distractions can also include having conversations with passengers and singing along to loud music.

Manual Distractions

It is a manual distraction when a driver takes at least one hand off the steering wheel to do something else. Manual distractions can include:

  • Changing the radio or turning up the volume
  • Eating or drinking
  • Reaching for an item in the backseat
  • Holding a passenger’s hand

While many drivers only use one hand on the steering wheel, it is very dangerous.

Visual Distractions

Drivers must pay close attention to the road, including what’s in front of them and their mirrors or blind spots. Unfortunately, drivers often look away from what’s important, and it is a visual distraction that can cause a significant collision.

Visual distractions include:

  • Looking at a crash on the side of the road
  • Looking at their cell phone
  • Looking at passengers

At Clawson Fargnoli Utsey, LLC, we work to help you hold negligence accountable. Our Charleston car accident lawyers are relentless when you need us, but we bring compassion to your needs. We are committed to achieving the most favorable outcome on your behalf, and we will work hard to safeguard your rights every step of the way.

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