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What Is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving defined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) is “any activity that diverts attention from driving” (our emphasis). That means distracted driving is not just the result of texting and driving.

Types of Distracted Driving

CDC identifies three different types of distracted driving:

  1. Visual: distractions that take your eyes off the road
  2. Manual: distractions that take your hands off the wheel
  3. Cognitive: distractions that make you lose focus on the act of driving

While activities like texting and driving combine all three types of distracted driving, any one type of distraction can cause an accident.

Common Driving Distractors

Road safety organizations recognize a wide range of activities that may result in distracted driving. Besides texting and driving, the most commonly cited distractions include:

  • Talking—on the phone or with a passenger
  • Eating
  • Adjusting the radio or other controls on the dash or console
  • Fixing hair and/or makeup

While it may be difficult to recognize, daydreaming and sight-seeing also contribute to a significant percentage of car accidents.

Risk Factors for Distracted Driving

The most notable risk factor for distracted driving, specifically texting and driving, is age. Drivers younger than 20 years old are significantly more likely to use hand-held cell phones while driving. This behavior frequently co-occurs with other risky behaviors, such as:

  • Not wearing a seat belt
  • Riding with someone who is intoxicated
  • Driving while intoxicated

Although alcohol is not a prerequisite for a distracted driving case, distracted driving and drunk driving accidents are often one and the same.

Justice for Distracted Driving-Related Injuries

There is justice for victims of distracted driving accidents through a personal injury claim. You may seek recovery of:

You claim may also include compensation for losses that are hard to calculate, such as pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.

Although you may be entitled to compensation, insurance companies are not just going to hand it out. You may have to fight for the justice you deserve. Let an experienced car accident lawyer fight on your behalf.

The Law Offices of Edward A. Shamis, Jr., J.D., P.C. in Slidell provides aggressive representation. We handle your distracted driving accident with the personal attention you deserve. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation.

Call 985-641-5570 to pursue justice after a distracted driving accident.