While sitting in traffic or stopped at a red light, drivers usually take this time to check messages, finish getting ready, or have a bite to eat. Although these small tasks may seem harmless, they can lead to major accidents caused by distracted driving. Breakfast may be known as the most important meal of the day, but is it worth risking the lives of others on the road? Traffic will not stop on a distracted driver’s account; the snack can wait.
Dangers of Eating While Driving
There are three common types of distractions that impair a motorist’s ability to safely operate their vehicle and avoid crashes:
- Visual distractions that cause drivers to divert their eyes away from the road.
- Manual distractions that require drivers to take their hands off the wheel.
- Cognitive distractions that prevent drivers to focus on driving and the road.
While each of these distractions is dangerous on its own, they pose an even greater risk and danger to the safety of drivers, pedestrians and passengers when combined. Eating and driving often incorporate a combination of one or more distractions. Eating often requires drivers to unwrap food packages, use napkins, hold food or utensils with at least one hand, and apply compliments while driving. This makes eating while operating a vehicle a particularly dangerous activity that can result in serious accidents and injuries.
Types of Accident Caused by Distracted Driving
According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study, there are certain foods that are more of a culprit in causing motor vehicle accidents when consumed behind the wheel. These include but are not limited to the following:
- Ribs and wings
- Fried chicken
- Jelly doughnuts
The most common types of accidents caused by drivers distracted by eating food while driving include:
- Rear-end collisions
- T-bone collisions
- Sideswipe collisions
- Head-on collisions
What to do if You are Injured in a Distracted Driver Accident
If you are injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, it is important to take certain steps to protect your legal rights, including but not limited to:
- Calling 911
- Seeking immediate medical attention, even if you think you were not seriously injured
- Documenting the scene of the accident.
- Getting complete information for all parties involved in the accident and any eyewitnesses to the accident.
- Contacting an experienced Orange County car accident attorney.
Contact an Experienced Orange County Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved has been injured in an accident caused by the negligence of a distracted driver, you should discuss your legal options with an attorney as you may be entitled to compensation.
The Orange County car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates advocate for their clients’ full financial recovery through hard work and an aggressive approach. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our attorneys, please call 949-727-9300.
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