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The types of distraction that are compromising your safety

The dangers of distracted driving are widely recognized, yet this dangerous behavior continues to threaten the health and safety of drivers in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and across the country. Statistics indicate that distraction plays a role in an alarming number of accidents, especially among those involving young drivers.

If you suffered injuries in a recent crash, it is quite possible that you could trace the cause of your accident back to some form of distracted driving. While there is more than one type of distraction, all of them are dangerous, irresponsible and completely preventable.

Dangerous behaviors behind the wheel

Distracted driving is often associated with texting and driving, but, while this is the most common form, it is much more than simply reading a text, typing or using the voice-to-text function. There are three types of distracted driving, and not all of them involve a phone. They include:

  • Cognitive distraction: Cognitive distraction involves any activity that takes a driver's mind from his or her task. Even with both hands on the wheel, a driver thinking about something else or talking with a passenger can be dangerously distracted.
  • Manual distraction: Manual distraction is any activity that involves a driver physically removing one or both hands from the wheel. Whether it is texting, adjusting the radio or eating while driving, manual distraction is very dangerous.
  • Visual distraction: Visual distraction involves anything that causes a driver to remove his or her eyes from the road, even if both hands are on the wheel. Looking at a passenger or reading a road sign can be distracting enough to cause a dangerous accident.

While smartphones are partially to blame for many distracted driving car accidents, in reality, a driver might face distractions caused by much more than a handheld device.

Holding liable parties accountable

If you believe that distracted driving played a role in your accident, you may feel unsure of what to do next. While it can be difficult to validate a personal injury claim due to a distracted driving accident, it is possible. By obtaining phone records, gathering physical evidence from the accident scene and talking with witnesses, your lawyer can build a strong claim on your behalf. Distracted driving is a serious issue, but you do not have to bear the consequences of poor choices made by other drivers alone.

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