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Why Is Distracted Driving So Harmful?

Why Is Distracted Driving So Harmful?

As you know, distracted driving is a serious problem and gets worse every day. While the incredible advances in technology make our lives easier in several ways, our digital lives make it more difficult than ever to remain focused on one task at a time.

However, it’s important to do everything you can to avoid getting distracted behind the wheel. Keep reading to learn more about why you should do your best to avoid distracted driving behaviors.

Three Types of Distractions

There are seemingly endless ways to become distracted while driving, but distractions are broken down into three basic categories, including:

  • Physical
  • Visual
  • Cognitive

Physical Distractions

Physical distractions require that you remove at least one hand from the steering wheel. This can be harmful because you maintain the best control over the vehicle when you have both hands on the wheel.

Visual Distractions

Visual distractions require that your eyes leave the road. Since driving relies heavily on your eyesight, it is imperative you do everything to keep your eyes on the road at all times.

Mental Distractions

Mental distractions include anything that takes your mind away from driving. This type of distraction is particularly dangerous because you may not even realize you’ve lost focus on the road.

Cell Phone Use While Driving

Using a phone while driving is among the most harmful distractions drivers face because it is distracting in all three areas: physically, visually, and cognitively.

It is in your best interest not to use your cell phone while driving. If you must, it’s wise to use hands-free functions to minimize distractions.

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If a distracted driver caused you to sustain injuries in a crash, you may be owed compensation to cover your losses. Let our team see if we can help you recover what you deserve.

We offer free consultations and we know how to assist you. Contact our office right away to discuss the details of your case by calling (678) 270-2377 or filling out the online contact form.

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