The Three Factors of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of accidents on the road, and it’s easy to see why. Distractions can impair judgment and reaction time, increasing the possibility of a severe crash occurring. In these situations, it’s vital to recognize what types of distracted driving exist so you can help identify negligence in a crash.

Manual Distractions

Most drivers feel that manual distractions aren’t really distractions. They feel as though they can comfortably drive with at least one hand on the steering wheel. Manual distractions are any that remove at least one of the driver’s hands from the steering wheel, which can be dangerous, especially if the driver loses control.

The biggest problem with manual distractions is that they are not always manual. They combine with another type of distraction that makes them even more dangerous.

Visual Distractions

When a driver takes his or her eyes off the road, it can be severely dangerous to all others on the road. For instance, if a driver takes his or her eyes off the road to look at a phone, they are not looking at what’s coming in front of them. This is particularly dangerous whenever the driver is approaching traffic or an intersection.

Cognitive Distractions

A cognitive distraction is something that takes a driver’s focus off the road. Examples of cognitive distractions can include signing along to loud music, daydreaming, and more. Unfortunately, this is something that goes hand-in-hand with other types of distractions.

Texting and driving is an action that creates all three distractions because the driver has to hold the phone, look at the text, and focus on the response.

If you suffer an injury due to distracted driving, our North Dakota car accident lawyers at Pringle & Herigstad, P.C. are here to help you. We work hard to obtain just compensation for our clients during their times of need.

Call our firm today for a free consultation: (855) 245-5100.

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