Accidents happen on the roads, freeways and highways in Florida every single day. Often, one driver is at fault and the other driver or passengers involved suffer injuries that were caused by a poor decision made by someone else. One of the main causes of car accidents is distracted driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,000 people are injured each year in accidents involving a distracted driver and 9 are killed. 

Identifying the issue is a big part of keeping the roads safer. Esurance.com provides three types of distracted driving that put drivers and passengers in danger every single day. 

The first type of distracted driving is cognitive. This is anything that takes the driver’s mind off the road or driving. They may be distracted by work, family or personal relationships. Even listening to music or a podcast can create a cognitive distraction as the driver loses focus on their surroundings. 

The second type of distracted driving is visual. This occurs when the driver has their eyes on anything but the road in front of them. Electronic devices like phones and digital entertainment systems are a huge cause of visual distraction.  

The third type of distracted driving is manual distraction. Helping children in the backseat, applying make-up and eating and drinking are three common examples of manual distraction.  

It is possible for all three types of distraction to overlap and a driver ends up with their mind, eyes and hands somewhere other than on the road in front of them. Situations like this highlight the importance of reducing distractions while driving. This can significantly reduce the injuries and fatalities that occur every day.