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distractions in South Florida

Driving distractions
in South Florida

By: Jason Neufeld
Posted in: Miami Car Accident

Driving requires your undivided attention. But there are so many distractions, which may require your attention as well. Even if you are an experienced driver, you can get involved in an accident caused by numerous distractions, which are generally categorized into three groups: manual, visual and cognitive distractions.


Manual distractions are those that keep your hands off the wheel and you can’t perform the required tasks. These distractions are very dangerous since the driver can’t steer the wheel properly. The most common manual distractions include:

  • Smoking
  • Eating
  • Car seat distractions
  • Searching through personal belongings
  • Turning car knobs


This is anything that distracts your vision and makes your eyes wander. These distractions are dangerous as drivers may not be able to check for potential hazards and avoid an accident. Some common visual distractions include:

  • Searching for items in the car
  • Texting and driving
  • Searching on the GPS navigation system or cellphone
  • Billboard advertising
  • Grooming


Although these distractions may not involve drivers taking their hands off the steering wheel, they are also dangerous as the driver’s mind is not focused. Some common cognitive distractions include:

  • Talking to other people in the car
  • Listening to music
  • Daydreaming
  • Road rage
  • When the driver is under the influence

Texting while driving

This has become a common distraction for many drivers in recent years. With the availability of smartphones, tablets and other portable devices, the distractions keep increasing. Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous distractions as it falls in the above-described categories. It can be visually distracting because you are looking at the phone rather than driving. Also, you are typing, which is considered a manual distraction. You will eventually concentrate more on the conversation, which is a cognitive distraction.

How to avoid these distractions

While some distractions are unavoidable, many of them can be prevented by following some simple tips:

  • Stay focused on the road and keep calm.
  • If you feel you need to stop, find a good spot and pull over.
  • Avoid talking on the phone or arguing while driving.
  • Ask someone to change the music or temperature for you or wait until you park.
  • You can make all the adjustments you need before you start driving.
  • Keep your cell phone away.
  • Get plenty of rest and good nutrition.

Don’t wait too long to claim your legal rights

It is common getting distracted in our fast-paced world. More than 3,477 people die every year in an accident caused by distracted driving. Stay safe and call us today if you believe your injuries were caused by a distracted driver. To learn more about how you can seek compensation, please call one of our talented car accident attorneys today and schedule your initial case evaluation. We have the resources you need to win your case.