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The Three Main Kinds of Driver Distractions

According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the modern prevalence of mobile devices has led to an increase in distracted driving. While smartphones and other devices are the perhaps the most high-profile examples of driver distraction, anything that takes a driver’s attention from the road can result in distracted driving. Research indicates that distracted driving can significantly increase the risk of being involved in an accident, and many states have passed laws limiting cell phone use in order to mitigate these risks. Unfortunately, distracted driving accidents continue to occur, sometimes leaving victims with extremely serious injuries.

Fortunately, Georgia law often allows people who have been injured by a distracted driver to recover for their losses through a personal injury lawsuit. These lawsuits are often highly complicated, and many insurance companies will often offer victims an unreasonably low settlement in order to limit their liability. As a result, it is important for anyone injured by a distracted driver to discuss their accident with an experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. today at (404) 869-8600.

A Wide Variety of Potential Distractions

There are three main types of driver distraction:

  • Visual distractions – Anything that takes a driver’s eyes off of the road constitutes a driver distraction. Examples of visual distractions include looking at scenery, reading, looking at passengers, or looking for items in your vehicle.
  • Cognitive distractions – Cognitive distractions involve thinking about something other than driving. Almost anything can be a cognitive distraction, including thinking about work, personal issues, financial matters, or other issues.
  • Manual distractions – Activities that require a driver to remove his or her hands from the wheel are considered manual distractions. Some examples of manual distractions are eating, drinking, writing, feeling around for items in the car, or taking a photograph.

There are myriad activities that could fall into one of these three categories. In some cases, a particular distraction may involve two or even all three kinds of driver distraction. For example, sending a text message requires a person to look at their phone while composing the message, use their hand to manipulate their device to enter the text, and also think about the message they are sending or the conversation in which they are engaged.

Can I Recover after an Accident with a Distracted Driver?

As is usually the case with legal matters, whether you can successfully bring a claim depends on a number of factors. While no one can tell you how your case will turn out, an experienced attorney will be able to tell you whether you have a claim at all, and if so, how much it may be worth. Some of the kinds of losses for which you may be able to recover include medical bills, lost income, property damage, and pain and suffering, among others. You should not have to suffer any losses based on another driver’s negligence.