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The Three Types of Distracted Driving

The Three Types of Distracted DrivingIn the United States, distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of car accidents. According to a study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “nine percent of fatal crashes in 2016 were reported as distraction-affected crashes.” Almost 3.5 thousand people were killed in these fatal crashes, with nearly 600 of them being nonoccupants, such as pedestrians and bicyclists.

There is more than one way to be a distracted driver. In a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers have concluded that there are three main types of driver distractions: 

  • Visual Distraction – Visual distractions occur when drivers take their eyes off the road. A driver could become visually distracted by answering a text message, taking a phone call, talking to another occupant, or even changing a song on the radio station.
  • Manual Distraction – Manual distractions occur when drivers take their hands off the steering wheel. A driver could become manually distracted by answering a text message, eating while driving, or even trying to calm down a fussy child.
  • Cognitive Distraction – Cognitive distractions occur when drivers take their minds off the road. A driver could become visually distracted by answering a text message, by not getting enough rest to remain focused, or by becoming upset.

If you were paying attention, you may have noticed that “answering a text message” appeared under all three types of distracted driving. This is because texting while driving combines all three types of distractions — making it one of the most deadly things a driver can do behind the wheel. In fact, it’s become such an epidemic that policy-makers have developed laws specifically designed to reduce the growing significance of texting-and-driving.

To reduce your risk of being involved in a car accident because of distracted driving, it’s always important to remain focused on the road, and on getting to your destination safely.

Hurt in a Distracted Driving Accident? Contact Hach & Rose, LLP for Help

Distracted driving is negligent driving. If you’ve been hurt in a crash with a driver who was distracted, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries, damage to your property, and expenses associated with the accident. Contact a New York injury attorney to discuss your rights by calling (212) 779-0057 today.


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