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Eating while driving: it's more dangerous than you think

Distracted driving is a problem that affects all California motorists. When a driver makes the choice to look at his or her phone or do anything else while driving, it can significantly increase the chance of an accident. Distraction is a major safety concern, and it is up to each driver to make smart choices.

Texting and other forms of phone use are the most common reasons for distracted driving, but they are not the only ones. Eating while driving can be just as dangerous as texting, but many people do not see how risky this type of distraction can be. As you know, many people eat while operating a vehicle, and they may have no idea they are putting themselves and others at risk.

Why is eating so risky for drivers?

Many people underestimate the dangers of eating while driving. In fact, most people have probably picked up a fast food meal to eat on the way home or grabbed a coffee and scone on their way into the office in the morning. In order to fully understand how eating can be so dangerous, it may be helpful to consider three main types of distraction: 

  • Cognitive distraction is anything that takes a driver's attention from the road. When eating, a driver could be looking at the road but still thinking about his or her food.
  • Manual distraction is something that requires a driver to remove his or her hand from the steering wheel, such as holding a burger or a drink while operating a vehicle.
  • Visual distraction is something that causes a driver to remove his or her eyes from the road. While eating, a driver may look away from the road to unwrap a sandwich, reach for a fast food bag and more.

Any of these types of distraction are dangerous, but they can be especially so when a driver is distracted in multiple ways at the same time. Eating while driving can lead to all of these types of distraction, and it can make it more likely a serious accident will occur.

If you believe a distracted driver is to blame for your accident, you have the right to seek appropriate compensation for your losses. You are entitled to a full and fair recovery, and you do not have to fight for it alone. A complete assessment of your case can help you understand the options available to you, which may include moving forward with a personal injury claim.

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