As busy Americans, most of us are used to multitasking throughout the day. Whether we’re talking on the phone while cooking a meal, eating and working simultaneously, or just letting our minds wander while completing other daily tasks, we’re masters of multitasking, and we do it without a second thought.
There’s one place, however, where you should think twice about multitasking: in the car, especially if you’re the driver. That’s because hundreds of thousands of people are injured each year in accidents caused by distracted drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 3,400 people were killed in crashes caused by distracted driving in 2016.
At Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm, we’ve seen the devastating effects of car accidents, and it’s our mission to help injury victims pursue the full amount of compensation they deserve. We also want to do everything we can to prevent accidents from happening in the first place, too, so we’ve created this article to educate you on the different types of distracted driving.
Types of Distracted Driving
There are many behaviors that are considered driving distractions, but they all fall under three main categories:
- Visual Distractions – A visual distraction is anything that takes your eyes off the road. This can include reading a text message, looking at directions, or turning to face other people in the car.
- Cognitive Distractions – Cognitive distractions take your focus off the road. This type of distraction can be as simple as daydreaming or talking with other passengers in the car.
- Manual Distractions – A manual distraction is any activity that takes your hands off the wheel. Texting, talking on a handheld phone, eating or drinking, changing the radio station, or reaching for other objects all fall under this category.
People often associate distracted driving with texting and driving—and while this isn’t the only method of distraction, it’s especially dangerous because it encompasses visual, cognitive, and manual distractions.
Don’t drive distracted.
While the tasks above may seem simple, they’ve proven devastating for countless drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. Next time you’re in the car, think twice about reading that text message, changing the radio station, or even daydreaming. Do your part to help make Nevada roads safer!
Car accidents can leave victims facing medical expenses, lost wages, and severe pain and suffering. And while we hope you never need our services, the car accident attorneys at Richard Harris Personal Injury Law firm will do everything we can to help you after an accident caused by another driver’s negligence. Contact us for a free initial consultation at (702) 444-4444, and let us get to work for you today.