3 types of distraction that can lead to crashes

Driving is something most of us do just about every day. Because of how routine it can feel, we may find ourselves less and less vigilant about safe driving habits, whether we are on long road trips or running a few quick errands.

In many cases, brief lapses in judgment or attention don’t result in anything catastrophic. However, it only takes one time and one second for a distraction to lead to a crash. There are three types of distraction that can and do lead to accidents.

  1. Visual distractions are those take a person’s eyes of the road. Drivers who are more focused on the people in the backseat, those who are texting and people who are reading something like directions or emails are all visually distracted because they are not looking at the road.
  2. Cognitive distractions include anything that take a person’s mind off the task of driving. If, for example, you are engaged in a stressful conversation on the phone or trying to control a voice-activated device in your car, you may be looking at the road, but you aren’t paying attention to it. 
  3. Manual distractions involve actions that make you take your hands off the wheel. Reaching for your phone, eating, grooming, writing something down and trying to find something a child dropped in the backseat can all be manual distractions.

When your eyes, attention or hands are on something besides the task of driving, you cannot see, interpret or adjust to changing conditions in the road as quickly and accurately as you can when you are focused on driving. This is why distraction is so dangerous and should be avoided.

If you have been injured in a crash, it can be crucial to determine if the other driver involved was at fault due to distraction. This can prove to be difficult without legal experience and resources, so it can be wise to have an attorney by your side who is familiar with the signs of distraction and dealing with insurance companies to get you the compensation you deserve.