Different types of driving distractions that cause accidents

On Behalf of | Aug 10, 2021 | Uncategorized

More than 400,000 people in California and across the United States were injured in 2018 in accidents caused by distracted drivers. Distracted driving is a widely used term that encompasses a variety of different things that could cause a driver to look away from the road. You should be aware of the different ways you could be distracted while driving.

Manual, cognitive and visual distractions

Cellphones get a bad reputation for distracting drivers, but they aren’t the only culprit. Manual, cognitive and visual distractions can all play a part in motor vehicle accidents in different ways:

  • Manual distractions cause the driver to remove their hands from the wheel while drinking soda, smoking, picking up a dropped item or eating.
  • Cognitive distractions take away a driver’s mental attention by focusing on a problem at work or having a conversation with a passenger.
  • Visual distractions cause a driver to look away from the road by glancing at a billboard, looking at a map on GPS or reading a text.

Staying focused while driving

As a driver, you have the responsibility to prevent yourself from being distracted cognitively, visually or manually in order to avoid car accidents. Some ideas to prevent distraction include:

  • Putting a cellphone in airplane mode
  • Arranging GPS directions before heading out on the road
  • Eating and drinking before entering the vehicle
  • Getting plenty of sleep and reducing anxiety before driving

Getting help after an injury in a car accident

Injuries after a motor vehicle accident can cause medical bills to stack up quickly and lead to lost wages from time off of work during recovery. If your injury was caused by a distracted driver in a car accident, you may be able to receive compensation to help with these bills.