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What Constitutes Distracted Driving?

What Constitutes Distracted Driving?

In 2017, distracted driving claimed over 3,000 lives, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Distracted driving continues to cause thousands of preventable accidents every year. The Houston car accident attorneys at Daspit Law Firm have put together what constitutes distracted driving.

What It Means to Drive Distracted

There are three primary forms of distracted driving that occurs on the road: visual distraction, cognitive distraction, and manual distraction.

  • Visual distraction: This occurs when a driver isn't looking at the road or their surroundings. Visual distraction occurs when they are looking at their phones, rubbernecking, or merely looking elsewhere. Reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.
  • Cognitive distraction: This occurs when a driver is mentally distracted and isn't focused on what's ahead. Whether they are talking to a passenger or thinking about a stressful situation, failing to focus on the road can lead to an accident.
  • Manual distraction: This is when a driver fails to keep their hands on the steering wheel. Manual and visual distractions often occur when people text and drive, reach over to pick up an item, or when they eat while driving.

Statistics show that people who drive distracted have a higher chance of being involved in an accident.

Experienced Houston Car Accident Attorneys

If you or your loved one were injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. At Daspit Law Firm, we have a team of experienced and skilled attorneys who are ready to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Our team has the resources needed to gather the evidence and develop a strong case on your behalf. We are ready to guide you through this process from beginning to end.

Give our Houston car accident attorneys today at (888) 273-1045 to schedule an appointment!