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A cell phone isn’t the only cause of distracted driving accidents

On Behalf of | May 24, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Did you know that cell phones aren’t the only cause of distracted driving accidents? That’s right, many other things can take your attention off the road and lead to accidents. It’s important to take note of these in case you get into an accident with a distracted driver.

In the event that they dispute their distraction, you can refer to these other forms of distractions when establishing fault in your car accident claim.

Different types of distractions

Driving demands our full attention, but it’s easy for a driver to lose focus. Distractions come in many forms, and if drivers aren’t cautious, they can cause accidents that aren’t just limited to cell phone use. In fact, there are three main types of distractions:

  1. Manual distractions: These involve anything that requires a driver to take their hands off the wheel. Actions such as eating, drinking, adjusting a GPS or changing the radio station can all fall under this category.
  2. Visual distractions: These happen when something diverts a driver’s eyes off the road. For instance, looking at an accident scene, reading a billboard or checking on children in the backseat can all be visual distractions.
  3. Cognitive distractions: These occur when a driver’s mind is elsewhere other than driving. For instance, if they’re lost in thought, stressed or engaged in a heated discussion with a passenger, they’re experiencing cognitive distractions.

Understanding these types of distractions can help you recognize and avoid them. Remember, keeping both hands on the wheel, eyes on the road and mind on the task at hand is important. This ensures the safety of all road users. When distractions take over, the risk of a car accident increases, potentially leading to severe injuries.

Establishing fault when seeking compensation

If a distracted driver hits your car, your next steps should include collecting all relevant evidence at the scene of the accident, such as photos, videos and witness testimonies. These pieces of evidence confirm that the other driver caused the accident. If gathering evidence becomes a challenge or the other driver disputes your claim, consider seeking help from a legal professional.

A legal professional can help collect additional evidence and guide you through the legal process after filing the claim.