You take to California’s roads every day knowing that the potential for a car accident is ever-present. Still, you accept this risk assuming that most other drivers on the road place as much emphasis on accident avoidance as you do. That may include talking on your cell phone while driving and avoiding other distracting activities.
Yet countless drivers still may engage in distractions without even realizing it. Indeed, statistics show that s many as 70% of motorists eat while driving, which (according to information shared through a joint research effort between the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Auto Alliance) can increase the risk of a car accident by as much a factor of nearly 4.
The risks involved with eating driving
The reason that eating while driving can be so dangerous is the type of distractions it forces a driver to engage in. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are three major types of driving distractions:
Eating behind the wheel forces one to take both their eyes and their attention off the road, all while releasing the steering wheel with at least one hand (to grasp the food item). As you can see, this hits all three of the major distractions.
How can you prove your accident was due to a “dining driver”
The driver that caused your car accident may not readily admit to eating while driving. Thus, you need to look for signs that indicate that may have been the case. Signs such as food wrappers or drink containers strewn throughout a vehicle may be an indication, as are fresh stains on the driver’s hands or clothing.