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What Are the Three Types of Distracted Driving?

Negligence runs rampant on the roads, and few things are more dangerous than distracted driving. There are three ways that distractions occur when someone is driving: cognitive, manual, and visual. Each of these creates dangers on the road. In any case, distracted driving can result in some of the most devastating crashes and subsequent injuries.

Here are the three types of distracted driving and common actions that cause them to occur:

Cognitive Distractions

Cognitive distractions occur when a driver loses focus on the road. They pay attention to something other than driving. For instance, a driver may encounter a cognitive distraction when having a deep conversation with a passenger or responding to a text.

Cognitive distractions can also occur when a driver is listening to loud music and singing along.

Manual Distractions

Manual distractions occur when a driver takes at least one hand away from their steering wheel. The most common manual distractions include:

  • Reaching for a cell phone
  • Messing with the radio
  • Eating and drinking
  • Reaching for an item in the backseat

Many drivers feel comfortable only using one hand while driving, but it is much more difficult to maintain control of a vehicle with just one hand.

Visual Distractions

Visual distractions occur when a driver looks away from the road in front of them. For instance, a driver is visually distracted when they look at an accident on the side of the road or when they look at a text message on their phone. A driver may also be visually distracted when they look at a passenger in their vehicle.

Texting and driving is the worst action of all as it combines all three types of distractions.

If you suffer injuries because of a distracted driver, our Cleveland car accident attorneys can help. At Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP, we prioritize your rights and work to obtain the compensation you deserve. We will give you a voice and a partner, allowing you to focus on your recovery while we handle complex legal matters.

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