Distracted Driving: 3 Common Types of Distractions in Georgia

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of auto accidents in Georgia. Unfortunately, this type of negligent driving behavior can have serious, fatal consequences. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2020, over three thousand people sustained fatal injuries in distracted driving accidents. In many cases, these accidents could have been avoided by following the law and focusing on the road. 

The attorneys at Cambre and Associates have created this guide to teach drivers in Georgia about the different types of common dangerous distracted driving behaviors that can result in a serious auto accident. 

By learning more about these dangerous driving activities, you can keep yourself and your family safe and help avoid an accident in the future. 

Three Common Types of Dangerous Distracted Driving Behaviors 

Distracted driving is the act of participating in activities that take a driver’s eyes and focus off the road. To better control your vehicle and prevent a serious collision, you need to learn that distracted driving is more than just answering your phone or reading a text while you’re driving. 

There are three main types of distracted driving:

  • Manual distractions
  • Cognitive distractions
  • Visual distractions

Cognitive Distraction

Cognitive distraction is when your mind isn’t focused on the road while you drive. 

Mental distractions can include:

  • Being lost in thought
  • Speaking with a passenger in the vehicle
  • Listening to music
  • Being tired or stressed while driving

Manual Distraction

Manual distractive is when a motorist takes their hands off the steering wheel.

Manual distraction can include:

  • Smoking
  • Searching for items in the vehicle
  • Using a navigation device or phone
  • Adjusting the radio
  • Drinking and eating while driving

Getting sidetracked when you’re behind the wheel happens. However, taking your eyes off the road even for a few seconds can significantly increase your risk of being involved in an injury crash.

Visual Distractions

Visual distractions can cause a driver to take their eyes off the road. 

Types of visual distractions can include activities such as:

  • Checking a navigation system or GPS device
  • Searching for temperature controls or a lost item on the floor of a vehicle
  • Playing with the radio
  • Searching for a mirror
  • Reading a billboard

Unfortunately, most motorists fail to realize how fast an accident can occur the second they take their eyes off the road.

What to Do if You Were Involved in an Auto Accident Caused By a Distracted Driver 

If you have been involved in an accident caused by a distracted driver, the attorneys at Cambre and Associates are here to help.  

After you have received medical attention, your next step should be to contact an experienced attorney to protect your rights and your claim. 

At Cambre and Associates, our attorneys understand the gravity of distracted driving accidents and are dedicated to helping victims recover compensation for:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Past and future medical treatment costs 
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Mental anguish 

And other related expenses.

Our legal team will fight hard to get you the most favorable outcome possible.

Contact a Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer at Cambre & Associates Today to Schedule a Free Consultation

No matter what type of distracted driving accident you were involved in – whether it was caused by texting while driving, talking on a cell phone, or any other form of distracted driving – the personal injury lawyers at Cambre and Associates can help. We provide a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case and answer any questions you may have. We can help you file a distracted driving accident claim to recover the financial compensation you deserve for a motor vehicle accident that was not your fault. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn more.