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What is a visual distraction?

As a driver, you never want to lose focus on the road. You always need to pay attention to the road ahead as well as other vehicles.

Unfortunately, visual distractions often come into play when you are behind the wheel. While you do your best to avoid these, you know that there may be times when you take your eyes off the road.

A visual distraction is exactly what it sounds like: It's when you take your eyes off the road for any reason.

As you can imagine, there are many types of visual distraction. For example, reading a text message is one of the most common forms. Others include checking to see if your child is behaving in the backseat, changing the radio station, entering information into a GPS system and searching for an item under the seat.

The problem with a visual distraction is that it only takes one second to cause an accident. This is why it's imperative that your eyes are always on the road, and nothing else.

Here's something else to think about: Even if you do whatever you can to avoid visual distractions, there are other drivers who may not take the same approach. These people can cause an accident that leads to injury or even death.

If you are injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you should turn your initial attention to your health and well-being. Once you have that squared away, it's time to learn more about your legal rights, such as whether you can seek compensation from the at-fault driver.

Source: Esurance, "3 types of distracted driving," accessed Sep. 27, 2017

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