Most Massachusetts residents take driving for granted. Running errands, going to work and heading to the shore or mountains are common reasons that you may get behind the wheel. Once touted for its efficiency in the workplace, multitasking is now a staple everywhere, including while driving. At Connell & Foresta, we often represent clients injured in crashes caused by distracted driving.

Esurance reports that the three forms of distracted driving are mental, visual and manual.

Mental or cognitive distractions occur when your mind is not on the road. It may be due to preoccupation with work or family issues. You also lose focus when talking with passengers, having a phone conversation and listening to the radio or other audio options.

Visual distractions happen when your focus moves from the road ahead to other areas. Looking at passengers in the rearview mirror, passing scenery and electronic devices such as a navigation or entertainment system are common distractions.

Manual distractions result in a driver removing one or both hands from the wheel. This happens when drivers adjust the heat or A/C, eat or drink, search through a wallet, briefcase or purse.

Texting while driving involves all three forms of distracted driving, making it particularly dangerous. In addition to turning off your cell phone while driving, there are several steps you can take that help to reduce driving distractions.

  • Check the safety belts that secure pets and children before leaving home.
  • Eat before or after you drive.
  • Set the GPS destination before leaving your location.

If you must be available via phone at all times, use a hands-free phone option for emergencies only.

Multitasking and driving are a deadly combination. If you have injuries sustained in a car accident with a distracted driver, you might have grounds for a claim. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.