When it comes to distracted driving, many of us think of texting and driving. While this is a huge problem and one of the top causes of accidents, there are many more distracted driving behaviors that account for numerous car accidents every single day.
The 3 Types of Distracted Driving
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that at least 1,000 people in the U.S. are injured each day in car crashes involving distracted drivers. To break it down, the CDC identifies three different types of distracted driving:
Manual distractions - anything that takes your hands off the wheel
Visual distractions - anything that takes your eyes off the road
Cognitive distractions - anything that takes your mind off driving
Common Types of Distracted Driving
Most people behind the wheel do not think of these things as distractions. However, they can cause accidents just like any other factor. Here are some common types of distractions broken down into the three categories of distracted driving:
Manual distractions - changing a CD, texting, using a GPS navigation system, eating or drinking, applying makeup, or combing your hair
Visual distractions - looking at kids or pets in the back seat, using an electronic device, or looking at a song of the radio
Cognitive distractions - talking to passengers, daydreaming, zoning out, or reading a text
Something like texting and driving would hit all three of these categories. This deadly combination is no wonder why texting and driving causes nearly 390,000 accidents per year.
Mississippi’s Push Back at Distracted Driving
Mississippi banned texting and driving back in 2015. While this has attempted to eliminate the issue of using electronic devices while driving, distracted driving itself remains an issue that is difficult to solve using laws.
We believe that raising awareness of the dangers of distracted driving is one of the most effective ways to prevent it. Here are some tips to help prevent yourself from becoming distracted behind the wheel:
Put the phone down
Change the radio or cd before pulling out of your parking spot
Have pets secured in cages
Avoiding eating or drinking while driving
Limit conversations or passengers in the car
If you or a loved one is injured in an accident due to a distracted driver, we can help ensure your rights are protected. Contact Richard Schwartz & Associates at (601) 869-0696 for help pursuing your personal injury case.