Distracted driving is more than just texting and driving, although that remains one of the most dangerous forms of distraction. This is because it involves different levels of engagement, making it difficult if not impossible to drive safely. Here are the four different types of distractions that can take place behind the wheel, how to mitigate them, and when to reach out for legal help.
Visual distractions engage the eyes and can be either inside or outside the vehicle. Examples include eye-catching signage, people walking on the side of the road, your phone screen lighting up with a notification, and more. This type of distraction is critically dangerous because it takes your eyes off the road. It takes only a split second for an accident to occur when you’re visually distracted.
Auditory distractions are ones you hear. While typically less dangerous than being visually distracted, not being able to hear the sounds of traffic around you can lead to an accident. This includes very loud music, kids talking loudly or arguing in the backseat, or the sound of a DVD playing through the entertainment system. Auditory distractions outside the car might include someone else’s loud music or the sound of heavy construction nearby.
Manual distractions are ones that require you to take your hands off the wheel. Eating while driving, changing the radio controls, texting, and putting on makeup are all examples of manual distractions. These are particularly dangerous because reaction times are much higher when your hands are occupied with anything other than the steering wheel.
Daydreaming is common when driving, and most of the time it’s just for a few seconds. However, a few seconds is all it takes to cause a catastrophic motor vehicle accident. If you catch yourself daydreaming, do what you can to bring your focus back on the road, like change the temperature in the car or turn off the music.
Hurt in a Distracted Driving Car Accident? We Can Help
Distracted driving accidents can have many different causes, and often, there’s more than one. However, drivers on the road have a responsibility to keep distractions that prevent them from driving safely at a minimum. When they don’t, and an accident occurs, they should be held accountable.
Zink & Lenzi Personal Injury Lawyers are dedicated to providing comprehensive legal representation to families affected by distracted driving accidents. If you or a loved one were hurt in such an accident, don’t wait to reach out. Call today for a consultation at 530-895-1234.