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The different forms of driving distractions

When reviewing car accident cases to determine liability, one of the first questions that we here at La Sorsa & Beneventano Attorneys at Law ask is whether or not distracted driving might have been involved. A common response is that the responsible driver was not using their cell phone when the collision occurred. Like most in White Plains, you might automatically equate distracted driving to cell phone use while behind the wheel. While it is true that texting or talking on a cell phone while driving can be a serious distraction, there are many other forms of distracted driving that can present just as many risks. 

To spot them, you need to understand the different types of driving distractions. Information compiled through a joint effort between The Auto Alliance and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons revealed there to be three major types of driving distractions: 

  • Visual distractions: Any activities that pull a driver's eyes away from the road
  • Manual distractions: Any activities that require a driver to take one (or both) hands off the steering wheel
  • Cognitive distractions: Any activities that pull a driver's attention off the road

Viewed from this perspective, you can almost immediately envision a number of activities that can be distracting while driving. One of the more common is eating, which may create all three forms of distraction at once. Another is doing makeup while driving or viewing oneself in the mirror. Look for subtle cues that indicate that a distraction may have been present in your accident case, such as comments indicating what one was doing when they hit you or whether another matter was keeping them from staying focused on the road. 

More information on identifying cases of distracted driving can be found throughout our site. 

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