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Understanding the Triple Threat of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is a huge problem in today's world, and far too often, driver distraction leads to serious injuries on California roads. A combination of driver education, increased law enforcement and recognition of individual responsibilities is needed to combat this growing problem.

Put simply, there are three main types of distracted driving, and understanding how drivers become distracted is one step toward preventing crashes. Keep in mind, too, that the three types of distraction can occur simultaneously, posing an even higher risk of a collision.

Visual distraction

Anything that causes you to take your eyes off the road, even for a few seconds, is a visual distraction. You may be looking for something in your purse or on the floor of the car, changing the radio, adjusting the GPS or just taking in the view. No matter how innocent the action seems, it is still important to always keep your eyes on the road.

As many studies have shown, use of handheld devices, including texting while driving, is a major visual distraction that leads to life-altering accidents.

Cognitive distraction

This occurs when something takes your mind off the road even for a minute. This can be an argument with someone on your phone, road rage or even daydreaming. In terms of cognitive distractions, it is important to understand that even hands-free use of a cellphone can be dangerous behind the wheel.

Manual distraction

Eating, smoking, handing things to your children and even turning knobs on the temperature control can be manual distractions, as one or both hands are off the wheel. Always adjust seats and controls before starting your drive to avoid manual distraction.

Again, texting while driving is also a manual distraction.

When an accident occurs

If you have been involved in an accident with a distracted driver, it is important to be aware of your options for obtaining full and fair compensation compensation for your injuries and property damage. Even when it is clear that other driver was distracted prior to the crash, the insurance company may try to minimize the amount you receive or even try to shift the blame onto you. An experienced personal injury attorney can advise and represent you in these matters -- and help you get the compensation you need and deserve.

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