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What is distracted driving and does it really cause as many Washington car accidents as the media implies?

A: Generally speaking, a distracted driver is someone who has lost focus of the road. Distractions can include cell phone use, GPS navigation, eating, applying cosmetics, and fiddling with the radio. Our Bellevue car accident lawyers have helped many victims of distracted drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) actually has several categories of distracted driving:

  • Cognitive- Cognitive distraction is letting your mind wander and losing focus on the road. You do not need to be playing with a device or looking away from the road. Losing mental attentiveness can be just as dangerous as looking away.
  • Manual- Manual distraction is the act of taking your hands off the wheel. It goes without saying that any activity that removes your hands from the wheel is dangerous.
  • Visual- Visual distraction is the taking of your eyes off the road. Drivers should make a conscious effort to not examine visual distractions like storefronts, billboards, or scenic views.

If you believe you were injured by a distracted driver, consider contacting a Bellevue car accident lawyer toll free at 1-800-318-0502 to find out more about your legal rights. Don't forget to order a copy of our free book online or over the phone,  The Biggest Mistakes Washington Drivers Make in an Auto Accident.