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There are many types of distracted driving

Many people are unaware of the fact that there is more than one type of distracted driving. Furthermore, some people have a hard time realizing that a single distraction, no matter what it may be, can cause a serious accident that leads to injury or even death.

The three primary types of distracted driving include:

  • Visual distraction. This is when you are looking at anything other than the road and the cars around you. An example of this would be turning your head to see what a child is doing in the backseat.
  • Cognitive distraction. A mental distraction is one that can cause a motor vehicle accident. There are many types of cognitive distractions, such as thinking about work or talking to a passenger.
  • Manual distraction. This is when a driver neglects to keep both hands on the steering wheel. There are many reasons why this may happen, such as to adjust the radio volume or answer a text message.

All of these types of distracted driving are dangerous, but there's one last thing you should know: Texting and driving involves all three forms of distractions. This is why it's essential to avoid this behavior at all costs.

Even if you understand the types of distracted driving and why you need to pay attention to the road, you can't expect every other driver to take the same level of caution when they are behind the wheel.

If you are part of an accident with a distracted driver the best thing you can do is move to safety and wait for the police and an ambulance to arrive. From there, let the police do their job with regard to creating a report.

Once you receive treatment and are looking toward the future you should learn more about your legal rights. There may be ways for you to receive compensation for your injuries and other damages.

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