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3 Types of Distracted Driving that Result in Serious Accidents in Florida

Flashy billboards, rowdy passengers, cell phones - the number of driver distractions are vast.

As a result, distracted driving contributes to a shocking number of vehicle accidents each year. According to research from, more than 431,000 people suffered injuries because of distracted driving accidents in 2014, with 3,179 succumbing to the injuries they suffered.

It is important for every driver on the road to make a serious effort to avoid distractions while they are behind the wheel.

According to information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are three basic types of distracted driving:

  • Visual distractions
  • Cognitive distractions
  • Manual distractions

1.Visual Distractions

A visual distraction is one that causes you to take your eyes away from the road. In reference to information from the American Automobile Association, you are two times more likely to crash if you look away from the road for just two seconds.

Some examples of visual distractions include billboards, gawking at crash scenes or texting. The absolute only reasons you should take your eyes away from the road is to check your blind spots or mirrors.

2. Cognitive Distractions

Any activity that makes you take your focus off of driving is considered a cognitive distraction. Some examples of this include using your smartphone or daydreaming.

3. Manual Distractions

A manual distraction is one that makes you take one or both of your hands off of the steering wheel. Some examples of this include using your smartphone, eating, drinking, adjusting the AC or radio, or smoking a cigarette. There are some manual distractions, such as using social media and texting, which also fall into the visual and cognitive distraction areas.

The Deadliest Distractions Fit Into All 3 Categories

The distractions that prove to be the deadliest are those that affect your cognitive, mental and physical abilities at the same time. An extremely common example of this is texting.

When texting and driving, the average person takes their eyes off the road for a period of five seconds. If a motorist is moving at a speed of 55 mph, they will wind up traveling the distance of a football field before they look up, at the road again. Also, the person's hand is not going to be on the wheel, which means they won't be in the position to react properly to the unexpected hazard.

Also Read: Distracted Driving Is a Killer Habit

Get in Touch with an Experienced Florida Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you suffered an injury due to an accident with a distracted driver, you may be entitled to receive monetary compensation. You can receive damages for lost income, pain and suffering, medical expenses and a number of other damages. However, to have a successful injury claim, you need the services of a quality Florida personal injury attorney. Contact the Law Offices of Paul K. Schrier, PLLC to learn more.

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