People are busy, and in their effort to get from place to place on time, many Florida drivers opt to eat their meals on the go. In fact, you may be a person who occasionally hits the drive-thru on your way to work or you may swing by your favorite coffee shop to grab a drink in the afternoon. Eating and drinking while driving is very common, and it is also very dangerous.
If a person is consuming food while also driving down the road, his or her focus is not where it should be. Doing anything other than solely focusing on the road can be quite risky, and it can place others on the road at risk as well. In reality, eating and driving is a form of distracted driving, which makes it reckless and unnecessary.
What’s so bad about it?
There are many different types of distraction. A person may have both hands on the wheel, yet his or her mind may be miles away. This can be just as dangerous as holding a phone or looking at something on the side of the road while driving. Eating can actually involve all three types of distraction, as seen with the following examples:
- When eating, a driver may look at his or her food or take eyes off the road for seconds at a time do get the food unwrapped. This is visual distraction.
- If a person is eating and driving, his or her mind may be on the food instead of thinking about the road and potential hazards. This is cognitive distraction.
- When a driver is operating a vehicle while eating, he or she will have to hold the food or the cup. This takes at least one hand off the wheel. This is manual distraction.
It is not hard to see how even eating a burger or taking a sip of coffee can have detrimental consequences. Things that can potentially distract can always wait, as it is never worth the risk of a person endangering every driver and motorist sharing the road with him or her.
Victims of distracted driving
If you are a victim of a car accident you believe was the result of a distracted driver, you have the right to seek compensation through a personal injury claim. You do not have to walk through this process alone, but you may find significant benefit in working with an attorney who can help you fight for the recovery you deserve.