Types of Driver Distractions and Consequences for Distracted Driving

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There has been much research conducted on the ability and effectiveness of humans when they multitask. Though many people still say they are good at multitasking, the consensus is that humans cannot multitask efficiently. We often make mistakes when we multitask and we have to go back to figure out what other task we were doing. When it comes to driving, we already have a plethora of tasks to do behind the wheel. Make sure you are going at an appropriate speed, periodically check your rearview and side mirrors, constantly scan the road in front of you, pay attention to other drivers -- the list goes on. When we allow other things to distract us while we are driving, that just adds one more thing to the list. Distracted driving is not tolerated in Illinois and you could face serious consequences if you are caught.

Types of Distractions

There are many types of distractions that could take away your attention from driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that they are three main type of distractions:

Visual: A visual distraction occurs when the driver takes their eyes off of the road. Visual distractions can come from objects both inside and outside of the car. Examples of visual distractions can include looking at a GPS, checking your cell phone or looking at something on the side of the road.

Manual: A manual distraction happens when the driver takes one or both hands off of the wheel for any reason. Manual distractions can include checking your cell phone, eating and drinking, adjusting audio controls and smoking.

Cognitive: Cognitive distractions happens when the driver’s mind is not focused on driving. Though it may seem harmless, thinking about things other than driving can pose a danger to yourself and others. Examples of cognitive distractions can include thinking about family issues, worrying about money and daydreaming.

Consequences for Distracted Driving

The most common type of distraction while a person is driving is from an electronic device or cell phone. In the state of Illinois, using a hand-held electronic communication device while driving is illegal. If you are age 19 and older, you are permitted to use a cell phone as long as you are using it with a Bluetooth headset, earpiece or voice activated commands. If you get into an accident as a result of being distracted while driving, you can face criminal charges ranging from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class 4 felony.

Get in Touch With a Will County Traffic Ticket Defense Attorney Today

It may seem harmless when you are sending a quick text or chatting on the phone while you are driving, but it can be extremely dangerous to take your eyes and mind off the road. If you are caught, you could face serious consequences, especially if you cause an accident. The Law Offices of Jack L. Zaremba, P.C. can help you fight a traffic ticket or criminal charges that may stem from distracted driving. Our skilled Joliet traffic ticket defense lawyers will help you determine what your best course of action is. Call our office today at 815-740-4025 to schedule a free consultation.