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What's so dangerous about eating while driving?

Florida readers know that we live in a busy society, and many times, people feel like they have to eat while driving to save time. The simple act of eating a sandwich while operating a vehicle may seem benign, but in reality, it can be quite dangerous. Even though it does not involve the use of a phone, eating while driving is actually a form of distracted driving.

In all of its forms, distracted driving is a serious threat to every person on the road. If you believe that your accident was the result of a distracted driver, you have the right and option to seek financial compensation through a personal injury claim. There is no excuse for any type of distracted driving, and you can take a stand against it.

Eating, driving and trying to stay focused

Texting while driving is likely the most common type of distracted driving. Many people do not think about how dangerous it can be, but eating while driving is actually one of the leading causes of distraction that can increase the chances of an accident. It is dangerous for the following reasons:

  • Eating can take a driver's eyes off the road for seconds at a time. Even a few seconds of distraction can have detrimental consequences.
  • It can lead to cognitive distraction, which can happen when a driver is not entirely mentally focused on the task at hand.
  • Eating will require a driver to take at least one hand off the wheel of the vehicle, which can be dangerous.

A startlingly high number of people eat while driving. Many underestimate the risk associated with this type of behavior. It is simply not safe to eat and attempt to operate a vehicle, and it can greatly increase the chances that a driver will cause a serious accident.

What should you know as a victim of distracted driving?

If you believe that distracted driving is the reason for your accident, you have no time to lose in seeking the full protection of your rights and interests. You can hold liable parties accountable through a personal injury claim, which can help you recover your losses and address other accident-related needs.

One of the most effective ways you can protect your rights after a distracted driving accident is to reach out for help as soon as possible. When your recovery is on the line, you have no time to lose.

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