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This is how texting and other distractions affect driving ability

Many drivers in San Antonio don't think about the problem of distraction. But the reality is that distracted driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving, and distractions contribute to many car accidents and are a leading cause of traffic fatalities. 

And while it is known to to be the most dangerous form of distracted driving, texting while driving is one among many distractions that cause car accidents. Anything that requires motorists to stop focusing on safely operating their vehicles and to remove their hands from their steering wheels and eyes off the roads is a distraction. Here is a brief overview of some common types of driving distractions. 

Mental distractions 

Any thought that takes a driver's attention off the road or the task of driving can be dangerous. You cannot be thinking of how to avoid an accident if you focus on what you are going to cook for dinner. Because there is no guarantee that the drivers in the vehicles around you are alert and in control, you need to be ready to not only drive safely, but to drive defensively, as well.  

Manual distractions 

Manual distractions are those that require you to use your hands. Eating, grooming and anything else that you would use your hands for behind the wheel besides driving can cause you to crash your vehicle. If you must use your hands for something other than operating the steering wheel, you should consider pulling over to the side of the road first. 

Visual distractions 

Drivers must stay visually focused on the task of driving in order to avoid a collision. Actions that require you to look away from the road and traffic, such as looking at passengers, checking messages on a cellphone and putting on eye makeup can interfere with your ability to see and respond accordingly. 

In many accidents, all three types of distraction -- mental, manual and visual -- play a part. In fact, texting while driving is at once visually, manually and mentally distracting. If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, talk as soon as possible with a personal injury attorney about getting the full and fair compensation you need and deserve.

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