What is Distracted Driving?

driver holding cell phoneDistractions are commonplace when driving. Even if the driver is not directly distracted by something in his or her vehicle, crashes, police stops, and other roadside activity can be enough to pull a driver’s eyes from the road.

Unfortunately, when someone drives without their full focus on the road, they run the risk of causing a significant crash. When it comes to distractions, there are three categories, each being as dangerous as the other. However, when all three are present at one time, the results can be disastrous.

Visual Distractions

Visual distractions can constitute anything that takes your eyes off the road. Some examples can include:

  • When you look to passengers in the vehicle
  • When you look at what’s happening on the side of the road or with other vehicles
  • When you look at your radio to change stations or volume
  • When you look at your GPS or cell phone

If you take your eyes off the road, a crash can occur in a matter of seconds.

Manual Distractions

Manual distractions are anything in which you take at least one hand off your steering wheel. Of course, it’s more dangerous to remove both hands, but even one hand being off the steering wheel increases your chances of losing control. Manual distractions can include texting, eating, or drinking.

Cognitive Distractions

Cognitive distractions are those that involve taking your focus off driving. You may be staring at the road with both hands on the wheel, but if you are singing loudly, daydreaming, or talk on a hands-free device, you still run the risk of encountering a severe crash.

If you suffer an injury resulting from a distracted driver, know that you can hold him or her accountable for the damages you sustain.

When you need help with a legal matter, Fieger Law is here for you. Our Michigan car accident attorneys are ready to help you throughout the process. We’ll pursue the compensation you need to move forward and recover.

Call us at (800) 294-6637 today to discuss your potential case.

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