Common Types of Distracted Driving Behavior That Causes Accidents

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Every day, 8 people die and 1,161 are injured in distracted driving car accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Distracted driving involves operating a vehicle while performing any activity that takes attention away from the task of driving. If this activity takes a driver’s eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or mind off driving, it’s considered driving while distracted and can lead to devastating accidents.

Types of Distracted Driving

There are many types of distracted driving behavior that doesn’t always involve a cell phone or the advanced technology available in vehicles. The CDC cites the following three main types of distracted driving:

  • Visual. This type of distracted driving happens when you take your eyes off the road. You might look down to change the radio station, look out the side window at something that’s caught your attention, or look in the review mirror to check your makeup.
  • Manual. This distracted behavior occurs when you take your hands off the wheel. There are many types of manual distractions, including using your cell phone or texting, using your GPS to input a specific destination, putting on makeup, and eating.     
  • Cognitive. This distracted behavior occurs when you take your mind off driving. This can happen frequently to drivers who may be thinking about work, home, kids, or anything not related to driving.

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If you or a loved one suffered injuries after an accident with a distracted driver and have questions about building your case, we are here to help. Contact the Holton Law Firm at 888-443-4387 to discuss your specific situation.


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