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Did A Manual Distraction Or A Visual Distraction Cause The Accident?


When it comes to distracted driving, many people think of it as one cause for collisions. Yet there are a few different types of distracted driving. For example, you could be involved in an accident because a driver in Clearwater experienced a cognitive distraction or a Hudson motorcyclist experienced a visual distraction. Additionally, there have been accidents in Tampa because of manual distractions.

The level of compensation you will be eligible for following a Florida collision will depend on the details of the event and the severity of your injuries. When a driver is distracted and you incur high medical fees as a result, you could have the right to a large damage recovery package.

Lost In Thought or Taking Hands Off the Wheel

There are three main categories of driver distractions; cognitive, manual, and visual.

  • Cognitive distractions are when a person is not able to effectively control their vehicle because they are lost in their own thoughts. They could be replaying a recent argument in their head or trying to untangle a work problem.
  • Manual distractions are when the operator of a car or truck uses their hands for something other than the task of driving, such as texting or unwrapping a sandwich. A
  • Visual distractions are when a person looks away from the road and the controls of the vehicle. They may think they recognize a person on the street, for instance.

Naturally, there are times when a person is participating in more than one category of distracted driving. This is often the case when someone is using a digital device. People on a mobile phone could be visually looking at the screen, manually typing, and cognitively thinking of what they should say in their message. Dangerous accidents are possible when a person is participating in any category of distracted driving, let alone all three.

Breaking Bad Habits Is Essential

If you have noticed yourself being cognitively, visually, or manually distracted when behind the wheel, adjust your behavior accordingly. Sometimes it’s an easy change, such as choosing to eat your breakfast sandwich at your desk when you get to work rather than while driving to the office. But even though you can control your own behavior, you can’t control how others drive their vehicles.

If you sustained an injury in a Florida car collision because of a distracted driver, you may be facing bills and fees. To determine what level of financial recovery is available, talk to a Florida personal injury lawyer who works on your claim or lawsuit.

Do you have extensive medical bills because of a distracted driver? Share your story about a manual distraction or a visual distraction with the attorneys at Roman & Roman. Once our attorneys understand the details of your case they will work diligently to secure the compensation you and your family need. With over 100 years of combined experience, our skilled attorneys know how much personal injury claims are worth and will push back on low offers from insurance companies. Book your no-obligation appointment today and learn about your options during the free consultation.

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