What Is Distracted Driving?

driver texting on a cellphoneMany dangers exist on the road, and they put countless drivers in danger each year. One of the most significant dangers is distracted driving. There are three types of distractions that can impact a driver’s abilities on the road. We’ll detail these in this blog, so you understand where negligence exists if you suffer an injury because of a distracted driving accident.

Manual Distractions

Whenever someone is manually distracted, they are taking at least one of their hands off the steering wheel. Some of the most common examples of manual distractions include the following:

  • Reaching for the stereo
  • Reaching into the back seat for an item
  • Grabbing a phone
  • Holding food

Just one hand is not enough to control a vehicle, especially in treacherous conditions. It’s easy for someone who has one hand off his or her steering wheel to swerve between lanes.

Visual Distractions

Visual distractions are those that force your eyes off the road. If someone looks to the side of the road or at a passenger in the back seat, he or she is taking his or her eyes off the road. Even looking away for a few seconds leaves plenty of room for error.

One of the biggest visual distractions is the cell phone. Looking at texts, calls, or GPS directions can cause a significant distraction.

Cognitive Distractions

A driver can be distracted even if he or she is looking at the road and has both his or her hands on the steering wheel. Cognitive distractions are those that force a driver’s attention off the road. Daydreaming, singing loudly, and stress can cause cognitive distractions.

If someone causes you to sustain an injury in a distracted driving accident, they are negligent and thus liable for your damages. A distracted driver can be held accountable for any physical injuries and property damage you experience.

At Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP, our Cleveland car accident lawyers are committed to helping you through the complex matters that lie ahead. We’ll investigate your claim to determine what options you have to seek the compensation and justice you deserve.

Call us at (216) 600-0114 today for a free consultation.


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