What Are the Main Types of Distracted Driving?

One of the main causes of serious car and truck accidents on the roads and highways of Washington State is distracted driving. Driving cars and trucks, especially on highways where they can go 65 to 85 mph, can be a dangerous activity. Most vehicles weigh thousands of pounds.

All it takes is one second of distraction to lose control of your vehicle and cause a crash that hurts someone. Anything that takes your attention away from driving can be a distraction.

If you’ve been seriously injured because of another person’s distracted driving, you’re entitled to receive fair and full compensation for your injuries. You do not have to go through this alone.

The car accident lawyers at Harlan Law are here to help you through this difficult time. We’re ready to answer your questions and fight for your rights.

Common Types of Driving Distractions

There are three main types of distractions: visual, manual, and cognitive. Within these three main groups, there are many activities people do while driving that take their attention away from the road. This puts them, their passengers, and everyone else on the road in danger.

Some common types of driving distractions are:

  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating and/or drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming, including hair brushing, looking in the mirror or applying make-up
  • Reading or looking at maps or screens
  • Using a navigation system that takes your eyes off the road
  • Watching videos on your smartphone
  • Taking your eyes off the road to adjust the radio
  • Taking your seat belt on and off and looking away from the road when you do it
  • Reaching in the back seat to grab something or to help a child in a car seat

The safest thing to do when faced with one of these situations is to pull over to the side of the road. Once safely stopped, you can respond to that text or do those other things.

Contact a Washington Car Accident Lawyer Today

If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a car accident, you are entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. The lawyers at Harlan Law have been successfully helping seriously injured clients for almost 20 years. Don’t take our word for it. See the reviews from our clients. If you have questions, we have answers. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.