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The risks associated with eating behind the wheel

When a Colorado driver is doing anything other than just driving, it can increase the chance of an accident. Distracted driving comes in many forms, and sometimes, it's because of things that may not seem necessarily that dangerous. This includes eating while driving or drinking a beverage while driving. In fact, these things can be quite dangerous.

Many people underestimate the serious nature of eating while driving. After all, most drivers have probably gone through a drive-thru at some point and had their meal on the go. This is quite common, especially in a culture that is fast paced. Eating is actually a form of distracted driving, and like other forms of distraction, it can increase the chance of an accident.

More dangerous than you think 

When you think about distracted driving, you may think about someone using a phone while driving, texting, reading an email or checking social media. These are all dangerous habits to have while behind the wheel, but eating can be just as risky. In fact, eating a burger or drinking a coffee can be just as dangerous. Consider the following facts about this type of distracted driving and the potential risks it causes:

  • A person who is eating or drinking while also operating a motor vehicle is over 3.5 times more likely to get in a crash.
  • A person who is eating or drinking will have to take a hand off the wheel and his or her attention off the road, which is the definition of distracted driving.
  • Estimates suggest that 65% of near-miss accidents happen because a driver is eating or drinking on the road. 

When a driver underestimates the potential dangers associated with eating and driving, it could needlessly endanger every person on the road. Each individual is responsible for each decision made while behind the wheel, especially if those choices result in an accident and cause another person harm 

Moving forward

If you are the victim of a distracted driving accident, you know how devastating these types of accidents can be. You do not have to suffer through the aftermath of your accident alone, but you may find it helpful to speak with an experienced attorney regarding your options.

Through a personal injury claim, you may be able to recoup your losses, pick up the pieces and move forward after a distracted driving accident. Starting with an assessment of your case can help you understand if this is an option for you.

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