Breaking Down Manual Distractions
As we discussed in our previous blog, a manual distraction is anything that causes a driver to remove his or her hand (or hands) from the steering wheel. While most people think they can drive safely with just one hand, there are some issues that may arise when they do.
- Driving with one hand often means drivers feel they can multitask with the other hand (e.g. texting and driving)
- Driving with one hand can make it difficult to regain control of a vehicle should a road hazard cause an issue.
- Driving with one hand makes it more difficult to make sharp turns, which could cause a crash should the driver drift into other lanes or off the road.
Grabbing at a Cellphone
Reaching to grab a cellphone is probably the top manual distraction because many people think they can safely text and drive. However, reaching for a cellphone may also lead to additional problems, including visual and cognitive distractions. It’s best to use a hands-free device or, even better, pull over if you believe the text or call can’t wait.
Eating or Drinking
Many drivers eat or drink while operating a vehicle, thinking they can do so safely because they still have their eyes on the road. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and putting just one hand on a food or drink item impacts your reaction abilities; even if only slightly.
Grabbing an Item from Around the Vehicle
How many times have you seen a driver reach around their vehicle for something that has fallen or is rolling around the floor in the back seat? Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence and is considered a manual distraction. However, this can also pose a cognitive distraction as the driver is focused on finding the item rather than driving safely.
Our Michigan car accident attorneys at Fieger Law are here to help you throughout the process and pursue the outcome you need when you suffer an injury due to a distracted driver. We’ll be your guide to the success and outcome you need to move forward.