In recent years, a lot of attention has been brought to the dangers of distracted driving. Thanks to this attention, there has been a decrease in many forms of distracted driving. For instance, many drivers now think twice before sending a text or making a phone call while on the road.
Unfortunately, one of the most prevalent forms of distracted driving remains a problem. A large percentage of drivers continue to eat and drink while driving. Eating and drinking while driving, or distracted driving, puts Austin, TX drivers and passengers at an increased risk of a car accident. These car accidents can cause personal injury, property damage, and financial hardship.
Car accident lawyer Luke Dow can offer legal assistance to anyone who has been injured in a car accident caused by eating and drinking while driving.
The Dangers of Eating and Drinking While Driving
Most people would never consider drinking while driving; that is, as long as alcohol is involved. But many people have no problem drinking and eating while driving.
In a study conducted by Exxon Mobil, 70 percent of the 1,000 drivers surveyed admitted to eating while driving, and 83 percent reported that they drink beverages while driving. Such an overwhelming number of drivers willing to admit these practices is a clear indicator that most people don’t consider eating and drinking while driving to be a dangerous habit.
Unfortunately, eating and drinking while driving does distract drivers, which increases the risk of a car accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that eating and drinking while driving can increase the risk of an accident by up to 80 percent.
Eating and drinking while driving is such a dangerous practice because it can be a visual distraction, a manual distraction, and a cognitive distraction.
When people are eating or drinking, they often take their eyes off the road. Statistics show that, even with their eyes off the road for just a few seconds, drivers put themselves at an increased risk of a car accident.
Second, eating and drinking requires at least one hand to be off the wheel. Between opening packaging, holding food, applying condiments, and grabbing a drink, a driver’s physical control of the vehicle is compromised.
Finally, when a person’s attention is on eating or drinking, rather than driving, cognitive awareness is compromised and reaction times can be dramatically slowed. All of these factors combine to make eating and drinking while driving a dangerous practice.
Know Your Rights
Although it doesn’t get the same type of attention as texting or talking on a cell phone, eating and drinking while driving is a form of distracted driving. If an accident results due to this form of distracted driving, the responsible party should be held liable for the accident and any resulting damages.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident involving eating and drinking while driving, you may be due financial compensation for losses such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Experienced attorney Luke Dow can fight to protect your legal rights, and help you receive the financial compensation you are due.
To learn more about your legal rights following a car accident, contact us to set up a meeting with experienced car accident lawyer Luke Dow. Luke Dow will listen to the details of your case and advise you on your best course of legal action.