What is Considered Distracted Driving?

The Previant Law Firm, S.C.

texting while drivingIn the world of car accident causes, distracted driving sits near the top as one of the most common reasons people are involved in severe crashes. After all, it’s a well-known statistic that a driver can spend five seconds looking at his or her phone while driving 55 miles per hour, and it’s enough to travel the length of a football field. The disaster that can ensue from this situation can be devastating.

For anyone who suffers an injury in this type of accident, it’s important to recognize the three main forms of distractions, how they can cause harm, and how the danger is increased when one action combines all three.

Manual Distractions

Manual distractions occur whenever the driver takes at least one hand off the steering wheel. While many people drive like this, it’s highly recommended for drivers to keep both hands on the steering wheel to not only prevent distractions, but to also sufficiently control their vehicle. Losing control is not nearly as easy to counteract with one hand as it is with two.

When someone drives with one hand, the vehicle becomes more difficult to control, and a significant accident can result.

Visual Distractions

Visual distractions are any that require the driver to take his or her eyes off the road. For instance, a driver is visually distracted whenever he or she does any of the following:

  • Looks to passengers in the backseat
  • Looks to the radio to change a song
  • Looks to his or her phone

Visual distractions are very dangerous as it diminishes the driver’s reaction time should he or she need to act to prevent an accident.

Cognitive Distractions

Cognitive distractions occur far more often than you may think. These types of distractions are any that take your focus away from the road. While one of the most common cognitive distractions is highway hypnosis (or daydreaming), even singing a song out loud can cause a driver to lose focus on the road.

Our Wisconsin car accident lawyers at The Previant Law Firm, S.C. recognize how serious these distractions are and how harmful they can be. Something like texting and driving combines all three types of distractions, and the end result can be catastrophic. We’ll work hard to hold negligent parties accountable and pursue the compensation you need to move forward.

Call our firm at (414) 240-1185 today to discuss your potential legal options.