In the city of Atlanta, a distracted driver is a person whose attention is diverted from the road for any reason. There are three types of distraction: visual, manual and cognitive. Each can cause an accident that can result in property damage and injury to the driver, their passengers and the occupants of other vehicles on the road.
Visual distractions are those that cause the driver to take their eyes from the road. It could be something the driver notices outside of the vehicle or even inside the vehicle. Common types of visual distractions include wild animals, texting and car accidents.
Manual distractions are those that result in the driver removing their hands from the steering wheel. These may include texting, eating, drinking, grooming or changing the radio station. Drivers are urged to keep their hands on the steering wheel at all times.
Cognitive distractions are thoughts that cause a driver to lose focus, such as texting or making phone calls. A person may be anxious about something or experiencing a high amount of stress. When people report arriving at a destination with no idea how they got there, this is typically due to being cognitively distracted.
No matter the cause, distracted drivers are responsible for accidents on America’s roadways every day. When a person is injured in a car crash that was the result of distracted driving, they may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and more. If you have been injured in an accident, an experienced car accident attorney can help you determine if you are entitled to compensation.