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Types of distracted driving and how they impact driver behavior

| Sep 11, 2020 | Car Accidents

When a driver is operating a vehicle, his or her main concern should be to keep focus on the road and arrive at the destination safely. When a driver loses focuses for even a few seconds, it can have devastating consequences. Distraction is a serious safety concern, and it is one of the leading reasons for car accidents on Kentucky roads. Cell phones are largely to blame, but there are many things that can distract a driver.

Distraction comes in many different forms. There are different types, and some can even happen when a driver has his or her hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. If you or a loved one are suffering injuries from a distraction-related accident, it is possible to hold a driver accountable for his or her negligent actions through a civil claim.

What causes distraction?

The popularity of smart phones has certainly had a role in the increase in distracted driving, but it’s not the only factor. Understanding the different types of distraction can help you understand the problem and how drivers can avoid unsafe behaviors on the road. The types of distraction are:

  • Cognitive distraction — This is anything that causes a driver to lose focus while driving. This includes listening to a passenger talk, daydreaming or talking on the phone.
  • Manual distraction — This is a type of distraction that happens when a driver takes one or both hands off the wheel. It can happen when a driver is eating, holding a phone, adjusting a radio and more.
  • Visual distraction — This includes anything that takes a driver’s eyes off the road. It can include looking at a passenger, reading a billboard or trying to look at a text.

One reason that phones are particularly dangerous in the hands of drivers is because they cause all three types of distraction. When a driver loses focus for any reason, it can lead to accidents that may cause harm to innocent individuals.

Getting the help you need

As a victim of a distracted driving accident, you could have specific legal options available to you. An assessment of your case with an experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand how you can move forward with a claim after your accident. While a lawsuit cannot undo what you experienced, it can help you pick up the pieces and move forward after this traumatic event.


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