Arizona residents may like to multitask whenever possible. However, doing so in the car could increase their risk of getting into an distracted driving accident. The three types of distracted driving are manual, cognitive and visual. Texting while driving is considered especially dangerous because it incorporates elements of all three types of distractions. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, there were approximately 424,000 injuries attributed to distracted driving in 2013. However, as the information comes solely from police reports, there may be many more injuries related to distracted drivers.
When a person is not looking at the road, he or she is said to be visually distracted. Visual distractions could include changing a radio station or looking at a passenger while engaged in conversation.
A person may also be guilty of cognitive distracted driving while talking to another person in the car. This is because it takes a driver's mental focus off of the road. Cognitive distractions may also occur because a person is thinking about work or other issues while operating a motor vehicle. Manual distracted driving occurs when a person reaches for a GPS or is eating while driving. Taking a sip of coffee or putting on makeup can also rise to the level of manual distracted driving.
Individuals who are injured in motor vehicle accidents caused by a motorist who was texting while behind the wheel often need extensive and expensive medical treatment. In some cases, they are unable to return to work while they are recovering. They might want to have the assistance of an attorney when seeking compensation for those medical expenses and lost wages as well as for other damages that have been incurred.