When you’re running late to work and don’t have time to consume
a full breakfast, you may find yourself reaching for your travel mug and
a quick bite to eat during your morning commute. But, did you know eating
and drinking while driving is extremely dangerous? In fact, research shows
eating and drinking while driving is one of the main causes of
According to findings from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
eating while driving is hazardous to all persons on the road because the
“distracted” driver may not be able to react to traffic or
road conditions as effectively or timely as they otherwise would.
A study done by ExxonMobile determined the following foods and drinks to
be the most dangerous to consume while behind the wheel
- Fried chicken
- BBQ ribs and wings
Why Is Eating and Drinking so Distracting?
Eating and drinking while driving fits all three categories of distracted driving:
This type of distraction happens when a driver’s eyes are focused
on other activities or objects instead of on the road and / or traffic
conditions. This can be dangerous because a driver may not have the appropriate
amount of time to react by the time they notice another person’s
maneuvers or other circumstances that may require an immediate response.
This can happen when a driver takes their eyes off the road and focuses
instead on their food or drink.
This type of distraction occurs when a person’s mind is occupied
with matters other than the current driving conditions. The driver’s
hands may be on the wheel; their eyes may be on the road; but their mental
attention is elsewhere. This can occur when a driver is concerned with
eating or drinking rather than driving.
This type of distraction happens when a person is physically involved with
another activity aside from driving. Usually, this type of distracted
driving occurs when one of the driver’s hands is not on the steering
wheel. When a driver handles a food or beverage while driving, they are
participating in a form of physical distraction.
Have You Been Involved in a Distracted Driving Accident? Contact Simeone
At Simeone & Miller, LLP,
our Washington, DC car accident attorneys understand how difficult life can become after facing serious injuries
from a car accident. If you or a family member have been harmed in a car
accident caused by a distracted driver,
contact our Washington, DC car accident lawyers today. We can evaluate your case and help you recover maximum compensation
for any physical harm, emotional distress, and / or lost wages.
Don’t hesitate. Let our team pursue justice on your behalf!