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The risks involved with eating and drinking while driving

On Behalf of | Oct 8, 2019 | Car Accidents |

After you have been in a car accident in Jasper caused by the blatant negligence of another driver, your first thoughts may be what might have caused them to drive so recklessly. Could they have been intoxicated? Perhaps they were using their cell phones instead of paying attention to the road ahead. If neither of these scenarios appears to have been the case after an initial conversation with them, yet you can see food stains or spills on their clothing (or notice opened food containers or wrappers in their vehicle), then you may very well have become the victim of a form of distracted driving that many of those that visit us here at The Sapp Law Firm LLC find to be all too common. 

Eating and drinking while driving may not seem to be distracting to many due to the fact that we all have been doing both these activities for most of our lives (and as such, both seem to be such natural acts). Yet according to research data compiled in a joint effort between the Auto Alliance and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, people who eat and drink while driving are 3.6 times more likely to be involved in a car accident than those who do not. 

Why is this? Consider what eating and drinking behind the wheel force one to do: 

  • They must take at least one hand off the steering wheel to grasp their food or drink
  • They have to pull their eyes away from the road to see what they are consuming
  • Their attention is required to avoid spills on their clothing or vehicle upholstery 

It is not easy to recognize signs of distracted driving such as these. More information on doing so can be found throughout our site. 

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