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What are the different types of distracted driving?

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2024 | Personal Injury |

Many drivers believe that unless they are using their cellphone when they operate a vehicle, they are not distracted. However, distracted driving comes in many forms and encompasses many different types of activities.

Distracted driving poses a serious risk on the roads, leading to accidents and injuries. Understanding the various types of distractions while driving can help with promoting safety.

Visual distractions

In the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nine people die every day in car accidents related to driver distraction, including accidents involving visual distraction. These distractions occur when drivers take their eyes off the road. This can include looking at a cellphone to read or send messages, checking GPS navigation systems or maps or watching digital screens in the vehicle, such as infotainment systems.

Manual distractions

Manual distractions happen when drivers take their hands off the wheel. This can involve holding and using a cellphone for calls or texts, eating or drinking while driving, adjusting radio controls or changing music or performing grooming tasks like applying makeup.

Cognitive distractions

Cognitive distractions divert the driver’s attention from driving tasks. Examples include having conversations with passengers, daydreaming or getting lost in thought, dealing with stressful situations that occupy the mind or planning and thinking about non-driving-related tasks.

Combination of distractions

Many instances of distracted driving involve a combination of visual, manual and cognitive distractions. For example, texting while driving combines visual distraction (looking at the phone), manual distraction (using the phone) and cognitive distraction (thinking about the conversation).

Drivers involved in distracted driving accidents may incur serious injuries that impact their ability to function normally on a daily basis. Those harmed in one of these collisions should take steps to protect their legal rights.