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Different types of distracted driving and their consequences

On Behalf of | Aug 17, 2020 | Car Accidents |

You know that distracted driving is a problem in San Antonio and throughout Texas. Perhaps you’ve shared the road with a distracted driver, maybe even seeing another driver texting, eating or putting on makeup while behind the wheel. Regardless of what a person is doing, any type of distracted driving is dangerous and leads to an increased chance of an accident.

There are different types of distracted driving. Different types of behaviors affect different things, such as cognitive function, visual recognition of risk and physical reaction. When a driver does not have full focus on what is happening, he or she is more likely to cause an accident that leaves innocent people with serious or fatal injuries. Even a moment of distraction can have devastating consequences.

Visual distraction

Visual distraction happens when something takes a driver’s eyes off the road, even for a moment. This can include reading a text, looking at an email, looking at a billboard in passing and more. A driver can have a visual distraction even with two hands on the wheel and while driving at a reasonable speed.

Manual distraction

Manual distraction occurs when a driver removes one or both hands from the wheel for any reason. This may be to hold a phone, adjust the radio, input an address into a GPS and more. Manual distraction is dangerous, even if the driver is watching the road. In many cases, manual distraction also means a driver is mentally unfocused as well.

Cognitive distraction

Cognitive distraction happens when a driver is mentally unfocused on the task at hand. This may include daydreaming, having a hands-free phone conversation, listening to the radio and much more. A child crying in the backseat or a passenger talking can also cause cognitive distraction.

Who pays the price?

Distracted driving is reckless, negligent and inexcusable. It is often innocent individuals who pay the price for this type of behavior. If you or a loved one have suffered because of distracted driving, it is possible you have the option to pursue damages and recompense through a civil claim.

An assessment of your case can help you understand how to move forward. A serious accident can be traumatic and the aftermath overwhelming, but a personal injury legal professional can be an invaluable ally to you during this difficult time. With guidance and support, it is possible to make choices that will allow you to pick up the pieces and look to the future with confidence.