While there are many different types of distracted driving, there are three that are most common: visual (taking your eyes off the road), manual (taking your hands off the wheel), and cognitive (not being entirely focused on driving).
Let’s take a closer look at each type of distraction and how they affect drivers:
Visual distraction is one of the most common forms of distracted driving. It occurs when a driver attempts to look away from the road to take up an activity that will take their focus away from driving. These activities include checking messages on your phone, texting, and scrolling through apps or social media while driving.
This type of distraction increases the risk of causing serious injury to self or others because it results in delayed reaction times and decreased situational awareness.
Manual distracted driving refers to activities such as applying makeup, reading a book, eating or drinking, using a handheld device like a mobile phone and playing with gadgets. Though these activities may seem minor, they can quickly become catastrophic when combined with the act of driving simultaneously.
Cognitive distractions occur when a driver is paying attention to something other than the act of driving itself – this could include anything from thinking about other tasks needing to be done outside of driving, daydreaming, or engaging in conversation on the phone. These distractions take away the mental focus necessary to drive and maintain safety on the road.
Distracted driving is a problem that continues to grow despite laws and public service campaigns against it. If a distracted driver has injured you, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Legal guidance can help you fight for the settlement you deserve.