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Can distracted driving lead to crashes?

Missouri residents like you know about the big dangers on the road. Issues like driving while under the influence or texting while driving are publicized almost everywhere as being huge dangers to every single driver. But what about the dangers that people don't talk about?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that distracted driving comes in three categories. The first are visual distractions, or anything that takes your eyes off the road. The second are cognitive distractions, or anything that takes your mind away from focusing on driving. Third are manual distractions, or anything that takes your hands away from the wheel.

Just by looking at these categories, you can probably start to think of plenty of actions that could fall under them, and even more people who partake in them regardless. Crash risks aren't just about the big dangers like picking up dropped items or turning to look into the back seat while you're driving. Simple things like changing the music in your car, turning up the heat, or even talking to other passengers without looking at them can all potentially be dangerously distracting.

All forms of distraction, no matter how small, increase a driver's chance of getting into a car crash. However, these lesser-known problems may actually be more dangerous simply because so many people do them. They are considered normal, and even safe, when they might not be.

If you have been involved in a crash due to distracted driving, an attorney may be able to help. These cases can be somewhat complex, so having good legal guidance is important.

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