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How Distracted Driving Can Wreck Your Day

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013

There are three general forms of distracted driving, and each is dangerous in its own right.  These three major categories of distraction are manual distraction, visual distraction, and cognitive distraction.  Manual distraction means that a driver’s hands are not on the wheel, where they should be, when driving.  Visual distraction refers to a situation in which a driver is not looking at the roadway, usually because he or she is looking at something else in the vehicle or near that road.  Cognitive distraction means that a person’s thoughts are on something besides the driving tasks at hand, whether they are lost in thought, talking to another person, or engaging in another task altogether while they are driving, like applying makeup.  Each one of these distracted driving behaviors can cause significant hazards, and they are more commonly seen during the holiday season when people are thinking about a lot of things besides their driving.

Dangers of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving can lead to some very serious car accidents, and can increase the severity of an accident should one occur. Some of the greatest risks posed by distracted driving include the following:

  • Cars veering into other lanes
  • Drivers suddenly slamming on the brakes or the accelerator when distracted visually
  • Drivers failing to slow down for sharp turns
  • Failure to use turn signals to warn others of your actions
  • Drivers disregarding road signs or warning signs

Each of these dangerous actions can result from distractions behind the wheel, and are often seen in holiday season traffic accidents.  Sadly, a fun, exciting day can quickly become painful, frustrating, and costly if you are involved in an accident caused by a distracted driver.  Many who are involved in this type of accident have to talk with a Champaign accident lawyer in order to learn more about their legal rights and options for pursuing compensation.

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