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From drunk drivers to faulty parts and poor weather, there are countless factors that can contribute to car accidents. However, driver error causes the vast majority of crashes – and many of these wrecks involve distractions.

Two car crash accident on a road in city


According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are three categories of driver distractions:

  1. Visual;
  2. Manual;
  3. And cognitive.

If you were injured by a distracted or negligent driver in Michigan, contact Christopher Trainor & Associates. A personal-injury attorney in Detroit will evaluate your crash, gather evidence, and help you fight for the maximum compensation.

We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients. Call 1-800-961-8477 to schedule a free case evaluation.

Read on for a brief overview of the three categories of driver distractions:

  1. Visual Distractions

A visual distraction is any occurrence that takes your eyes off the road. Examples include billboards, accident scenes, and text messages. You should only take your eyes off the road ahead to check your blind spots and mirrors.

According to the American Automobile Association, any distraction that causes you to take your eyes off the road for two seconds or longer doubles your risk of crashing. Driving responsibly can help you avoid accidents – not to mention property damage, injuries, and potential lawsuits.

  1. Manual Distractions

A visual distraction is any occurrence that causes you to let go of the steering wheel. Examples include drinking and eating, using a smartphone, fiddling with climate and audio controls, and smoking a cigarette.

You should always keep both hands on the steering wheel. Never eat or drink behind the wheel, and turn your smartphone off before you start the engine. Adjust your climate and audio controls before you hit the road, and ask a passenger the change them if necessary.

  1. Cognitive Distractions

Any occurrence that takes your mind off the task of driving is a cognitive distraction. Examples include daydreaming, talking on the phone, and texting.

If you feel drowsy, ask if someone else can drive. You should never use a smartphone or another electronic device behind the wheel.

The Worst Distractions Inhibit Your Visual, Manual, and Cognitive Abilities Simultaneously

Although every driver distraction falls into one of these three categories, some fit into several of them – or all three. Texting is a prime example because it occupies your eyes, hands, and thoughts.

If you were injured by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation for lost income, health-care bills, and noneconomic damages. However, recovering compensation can be a legally complex process. The at-fault party may deny liability, or the insurance company might offer an unfair settlement.

A Detroit car accident lawyer from Christopher Trainor & Associates can help you navigate the claims process. Our firm has been representing the injured for more than 20 years. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 1-800-961-8477 to schedule a free case evaluation.


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