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Types of distracted driving

While most drivers in Montana realize that many car accidents are caused by distracted driving, you may not be aware that there are multiple types of this offense that can be committed. Cell phones receive the most attention because they qualify in all three categories of distraction, but there are several other actions that can lead to an accident. We at the Law Firm of Edmiston and Colton can ensure you get the compensation you deserve if you were injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver.

According to Esurance, manual distractions involve any action that removes one or both hands from the steering wheel. While using a phone is the classic example, this type can also include adjusting the radio, grabbing something from off the ground, handing something to someone in the back seat or eating. Many parents are guilty of this type of distracted driving since they are frequently grabbing things for children or handing them into the back.

Visual distraction is another danger for you and other motorists. When a driver takes his or her eyes off the road for any reason, this is considered distracted driving. Many actions involve manual distraction, but some are solely visual. Some examples include looking in the back seat or staring at an accident on the side of the road.

Cognitive distractions are also dangerous. This can be more difficult to prove, since there is no way to show where a driver's mind was focused. For more information on distracted driving, please visit our web page.

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