Types of Driver Distraction

There are three main types of distraction that can take a driver's focus from the road and can lead to accidents: manual, visual, and cognitive. These accidents are preventable, and if a driver chooses to take their full attention from the road, they can be held liable for any injuries or damages they cause to victims.

Manual Distraction

The driver removes one or both hands from the steering wheel. Manual distraction is often caused by the following actions:

  • Eating or drinking
  • Texting
  • Answering the phone
  • Reaching for something in the car
  • Searching through the console or glove compartment
  • Adjusting the radio
  • Using a handheld device

Visual Distraction

The driver takes their eyes away from the road for a long period of time or only a few seconds. This distraction can result from:

  • Reading or writing a text message
  • Looking at their phone
  • Looking at a passenger
  • Reading a map or GPS device
  • Grooming, such as applying makeup or shaving

Cognitive Distraction

The driver's mind is not focused on the road and the task of driving. This type of distraction often involves:

  • Speaking on the phone or listening to a phone call
  • Composing a text
  • Having a conversation with a passenger
  • Driving while tired
  • Driving while emotional
  • Driving while under extreme stress

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