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The many faces of distracted driving

If you are like many people in Mississippi, you have likely heard plenty about the dangers of distracted driving from a range of sources. Over the past few years, this topic has garnered more and more attention and with good reason. Drivers who pay more attention to things other than driving put innocent people at risk for no good reason.

However, many of the conversations surrounding distracted driving have focused almost exclusively on cell phone use. While certainly the use of phone while driving is a primary danger it is far and away not the only form of distracted driving that people need to know about. As explained by the AAA Exchange, distracted driving takes many forms. Distractions may be cognitive, visual or manual. They may even be a combination of two or three of those factors.

Cognitive distractions take a person's mind away from driving. Visual and manual distractions take a driver's eyes and hands away from the act of driving, as their names imply. Texting while driving and even making or accepting phone calls without hands-free technology involves all three of these types of distractions. This is why phones and even navigation systems have received so much attention as risks to the public.

If you would like to learn more about the risks associated with distracted driving in its many forms and how to get help if you or a loved one is involved in a crash caused by a distracted driver, please feel free to visit the accident compensation page of our Mississippi personal injury website.

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