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What is distracted driving? If you said “texting and driving”, then you are partially correct. That is perhaps the most common form of distracted driving. But what distracted driving really is goes a bit deeper.
Per the experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are three main forms of on-the-road distraction that we see. They are:
- Manual distractions: When the driver’s hands leave the steering wheel.
- Cognitive distractions: When the driver’s mind leaves the task at hand.
- Visual distractions: When the driver’s eyes leave the road.
Driving is a three-part process. You need to think about what you’re doing, control the car from a physical standpoint and keep your eyes on the other traffic around you. When you stop doing any one of those things, even if you’re still doing the other two, you’re distracted.
The reason that you hear so much about distracted driving is simply that it does all of these things at the same time. Any time you’re looking at the phone, you’re not looking at the road. Any time you’re holding the phone, you’re not holding the wheel. Any time you’re thinking about a conversation or a text message, you’re not thinking about driving.
Even with as dangerous as this makes distracted driving out to be, it still happens every single day. If you get into an accident and you suffer serious injuries because another driver got distracted, you need to know what legal rights you have. You may need compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and much more.