Commuters should understand the 3 types of distracted driving

Do you live in or around the Phoenix area? Do you commute to and from work on a daily basis? If so, you know that sharing the road with many other vehicles is a way of life. From cars to trucks to motorcycles, you always need to know what is going on around you.

It goes without saying that you can control everything that happens inside your vehicle. This means you can take steps to improve your overall level of safety, such as avoiding any type of distraction.

Here's the problem: Other drivers may not take as much care as you. Instead, they care about nothing more than reaching their destination - either their home or office - as quickly as possible.

If you're in close proximity to one of these drivers, you must realize that one mistake could involve you in a serious accident.

Here are the three types of distracted driving. If you realize that another driver is distracted for any reason, keep your distance as to avoid an accident:

  • Manual distraction. This occurs when a driver removes one or both hands from the steering wheel, such as to reach for the radio controls or an object in the vehicle.
  • Visual distraction. As the name suggests, this happens if the driver takes his or her eyes off the road for any reason. An example of this would be reading a text message instead of watching the flow of traffic.
  • Cognitive distraction. There are times when a driver is not focused on driving, but instead worried about something else. This could be anything from talking to passengers to thinking about their day at the office.

If you're involved in an accident with a distracted driver, do these three things:

  • Move your car to safety (if possible) and then contact the police and an ambulance.
  • Receive medical treatment to better understand your injuries and long term prognosis.
  • Learn more about your legal rights, as you want to understand if you can receive compensation for your injuries and other damages.

As a commuter, you have no choice but to drive in close proximity to others. Unfortunately, this could result in an accident if another person makes a mistake, such as taking his or her eyes off the road.

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