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What are some common distractions that could lead to a car crash?

On Behalf of | Jul 1, 2021 | Car Accidents |

Multi-tasking may be an asset in the workplace or an efficient way to get your home chores done but some people in Montana take multi-tasking too far and will try to do more than one thing while behind the wheel. This is a risky decision as distracted driving can easily lead to a car crash. There are three main types of distractions: visual distractions, manual distractions and cognitive distractions.

Visual distractions

Visual distractions include any activities that take your eyes off the road. For example, reading or sending a text message is a visual distraction. “Rubbernecking” to look at an accident or billboard are also visual distractions. If you are visually distracted you are not paying attention to the road. You could run a red light or stop sign, or you could simply not see the car in front of you slow down until it is too late and you cause a car accident.

Manual distractions

Manual distractions include any activities that take your hands off the steering wheel. For example, sending a text message or holding a cellphone are manual distractions. Eating while driving, putting directions into your GPS combing your hair or putting on makeup are also manual distractions that could cause you to lose control of your vehicle and cause a car crash.

Cognitive distractions

Cognitive distractions include any activities that take your mind off the task of driving. Daydreaming, reading a text message and thinking of how to reply and talking to passengers are all common types of cognitive distractions. When your mind is not on the task of driving you could be unaware of traffic conditions and road signs leading to a car accident.

Learn more about car crashes in Montana

All drivers in Montana have a duty of care to drive reasonably under the circumstances. Distracted driving breaches a motorist’s duty of care, which could lead to a car accident. If you were injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver you may want to learn more about your rights and options. Our firm’s webpage on car accidents may be a useful resource to those who find themselves in such situations.



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