There are many different examples of distracted driving. A driver who is talking to their passengers could be facing distraction, as could a driver who is talking on the phone. Distraction can also include eating behind the wheel, changing the radio station using a GPS and more.
Most specific examples of distracted driving behavior fit into three main categories. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines distracted driving as behaviors that result in any of the following kinds of challenges.
First off, drivers need to be watching the road and the traffic around them at all times. A visual distraction is something that prevents this, such as when a driver is looking down at their phone or looking at the radio while changing the station.
Next, drivers experience manual distraction if they let go of the controls. An example of this is if a child in the car drops something on the floor and a parent attempts to reach back and pick it up while driving. Another example is when a driver attempts to use their phone to send a text, take a picture, choose a playlist or something of this nature.
Finally, there are mental distractions that may be present even if someone is still holding onto the vehicle’s controls and looking at the road. An example of a mental distraction could be someone who is daydreaming or who is lost in thought. A stressful situation can also create mental distractions, such as a driver who is thinking about an argument they had with their spouse or their boss.
Have you been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver? If so, take the time to look into your legal options, as you may be entitled to compensation for your losses caused by the at-fault party.