It’s not uncommon to drive along the road or freeway and see someone engage an activity that takes their attention off the road, such as texting while behind the wheel. Though many people do it on a regular basis, distracted driving can lead to a serious Santa Monica car accident. The result can lead to a lifetime of pain and suffering and even death for you or a loved one.

Understanding driving distractions

When operating a vehicle, your primary task should be driving and focusing on the road ahead of you. Distracted driving occurs when you engage in an activity that distracts you from this task. Distracted driving can be categorized into three types of distinctions:
  • Visual: This is an activity that requires you to avert your eyes from the road to perform another activity
  • Manual: A manual distraction is something that requires you to take one or both hands off the steering wheel
  • Cognitive: This is a type of distraction that takes your mind and focus off of what you are doing as a driver

Visual distractions

Visual distractions are the most common. When driving, you should avoid:
  • Sending and receiving phone calls
  • Texting
  • Adjusting your radio dial
  • Adjusting your GPS

Manual distractions

Manual distractions can be some of the most dangerous. Activities that may require you to take your hands off the wheel include:
  • Changing or finish getting dressed
  • Putting on makeup, doing your hair, or shaving
  • Putting in contact lenses
  • Eating or drinking
  • Picking something up from off the floor

Cognitive distractions

Cognitive distractions are generally less talked about. However, having your music too loud or having a deep conversation with another person in the car can be just as dangerous, since this can lead to a lack of focus.

The bad habits of other drivers

Unfortunately, no matter how safe of a driver you are, you can’t stop those you share the Southern California roadways with engaging in distracted driving behaviors. Their lack of courtesy can result in you or someone you know being seriously injured in a Santa Monica car accident.
You might be able to hold the other driver liable for your damages, especially if their actions have led to your injury. To learn more about your accident case, call us to order your free copy of our book, 7 Biggest Mistakes That Can Ruin Your California Injury Case.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, contact one of our experienced Santa Monica car accident attorneys at Steinberg Injury Lawyers at (800) 989-6385.
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