3 Types of Distracted Driving

a man talking on the phone while driving

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), distracted driving killed approximately 3,000 people in the United States in 2018 alone. While most people think that distracted driving only diverts a driver’s eyes from the road, the activity actually involves two additional forms of distraction.

Why Is Distracted Driving So Dangerous?

Distracted driving is a particularly dangerous activity because it doesn’t just take a driver’s eyes off the road. The three types of distracted driving include the following:

  • Visual: A driver taking their eyes off the road
  • Manual: A driver taking their hands off the wheel
  • Cognitive: A driver taking their mind off the task of driving

In order to drive safely, a driver must have all three forms of attention--visual, manual, and cognitive—focused on the vehicle and the road. The diversion of just one form of attention can cause a serious accident.

This is why texting while driving is so dangerous. It is a unique form of distraction that diverts all three forms of attention from the road at the same time. Other forms of distracted driving include the following:

  • Eating or drinking
  • Applying makeup
  • Managing children or pets in the vehicle
  • Fiddling with the radio
  • Talking to passengers

Injured in a Distracted Driving Accident? Contact Us Today

A distracted driver can cause incalculable suffering to a victim and their family. If you have suffered as a result of such behavior, our Los Angeles trial attorneys are here to help. We have a strong track record of success in auto accident claims, and we can help you recover the compensation you need to move forward.

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