Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers: Eating as Dangerous as Texting
November 10, 2016
We are all aware that texting while driving is a dangerous activity, but new reports suggest that eating while traveling can be just as dangerous. A recent article in USA Today reports that eating while driving is the newest focus on the war against distracted drivers. In fact, studies suggest that it could soon be illegal to eat while operating your vehicle.
Seventy percent of people polled admitted to eating while driving. With the focus on the importance of keeping our eyes on the road, eating has been determined to distract a motorist’s attention just as much as texting does. Anything that causes you to look away from the road in front of you for as little as three seconds can result in a car accident.
Eating can cause many distractions for a driver. The simple act of trying to remove a wrapper from a piece of candy, looking for a napkin to wipe up a spilled drink, opening a straw, or even looking for the best location to eat can cause you to look away from the road. Spills happen, drinks go down the wrong pipe, a piece of food gets caught in your throat, and you occasionally drop what you are eating.
Avoiding a Distracted Driving Accident in Philadelphia
According to the USA Today report, in 80 percent of all distracted driving car accidents, the driver reported looking away from the road in front of them for three seconds before the crash.
The advice for now is to get into the habit of pulling over and enjoying your meal on the go. Prepare your drinks or snacks to be readily available before you step on the gas, or better yet, eat before you get behind the wheel. If your trip is long enough to warrant a meal, pull over and take five minutes to eat safely and protect yourself and all others on the roads.
Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers at Galfand Berger LLP Represent Victims of Distracted Driving Car Accidents
If you or someone you know has been injured by a distracted driver in Philadelphia, you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced team of Philadelphia car accident lawyers at Galfand Berger LLP has helped countless clients claim the maximum amount of compensation available for their injuries.
Call us at 1-800-222-USWA (8792), or contact us online to schedule a consultation today. Our offices are conveniently located in Philadelphia and we serve clients throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.