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Three Types of Distracted Driving

Posted on in Personal Injury

California accident attorney, California injury lawyerIf you have been hurt in a car accident, there is a one in five chance the driver of the car that hit you was driving distracted. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were about 297,000 distraction-affected car accidents in the United States in 2014. This accounts for 18 percent of all injury crashes.

California has some of the toughest distracted driving laws in the country. California highly regulates what you can and cannot do on your smartphone while driving. The newest regulation requires a driver to only use a smartphone if it is mounted to the dash or windshield, and the driver is limited to one finger tap or swipe.

If the person who hit you was driving distracted, it can help your case by proving that the other driver was at fault. Fault can be a difficult part of a case to prove.

There are three types of distracted driving:

Manual

Manual distracted driving requires a driver to take one or both hands off the wheel. Examples include:

  • Eating and drinking; 
  • Buckling in a child;  and
  • Tuning the radio.

Visual

Visual distracted driving occurs when a driver takes his or her eyes off the road. Examples include:

  • Checking GPS;
  • Looking at vanity mirrors; and
  • Changing a temperature setting.

Cognitive

Cognitive distractions happen when your mind cannot focus on driving. Examples include:

  • Talking on the phone (even when using a hands-free device);
  • Road rage;
  • Drowsy driving; and
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Texting and Driving

Texting and driving is one of the most talked about distractions. This is because it combines all three types of distracted driving: manual, visual and cognitive. According to the NHTSA, 13 percent of all fatal distraction-affected crashes in 2014 involved the use of a cell phone. For distraction-affected crashes where just injury resulted, 8 percent of the time cell phone use while driving was involved.

Contact a San Jose, CA Car Accident Attorney

Hit by a distracted driver? If you have been in a car accident with serious injury, you should contact a skilled personal injury attorney for a review of your case. We find that many of our clients underestimate the value of their case. For car accident cases, we are retained on a contingency fee basis. This means we will not charge a fee unless you get paid. Contact the San Jose auto accident lawyers at Jachimowicz Law Group by calling 408-246-5500 for a free initial consultation.

 

Sources:

https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812260

http://www.dmv.org/distracted-driving/three-types-of-distractions.php

http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1785

 

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