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The three types of distracted driving

Shawn E. McDermott

There are many individual types of distracted driving, such as texting and driving or eating in the car. But there are three main types of distracted driving that are listed by the CDC.

Understanding what these broad categories look like will help you know how to stay safe and why other drivers may pose a serious risk to you. A crash could lead to severe injuries or even short-term and long-term disabilities.

Mental distractions

First off, you have mental or cognitive distractions. You are always supposed to have your mind on what you’re doing while you drive, so the mere act of thinking about something else can be a serious distraction. Many accidents happen when people are daydreaming or zoning out.

Physical distractions

After that, you have physical issues that keep you from driving the car perfectly. For instance, picking up a cup of coffee is a physical distraction because it takes one hand off of the wheel. Most drivers think they can do this safely, but it hinders your ability to react and it does cause accidents.

Visual distractions

Finally, a driver’s eyes are always supposed to be on the road or on the mirrors. Looking away from them for any reason is a visual distraction, even for a driver who is thinking about what they’re doing and holding the steering wheel with both hands. Even something as simple as reading a billboard can be a visual distraction.

If you have been involved in a crash caused by a distracted driver, it is very important for you to understand all the legal options at your disposal. This is especially true if your injuries have led to a disability.

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