“Dining” drivers are distracted drivers

On Behalf of | Jan 29, 2021 | Car Accidents |

After having experienced a car accident in Mississippi, you likely want to give the driver that caused your collision the benefit of the doubt. After car accidents are typically just that: accidents. However, one’s negligent actions (intentional or not) could leave you facing inordinate expenses (which may be beyond what insurance coverage offers).

Many often come to us here at Bailey, Womble & Yelton confused over what exactly constitutes “negligent actions” in this context. You may think it to mean blatant disregard for the safety of others. In reality, however, it may be something as simple as choosing to get in a quick bite to eat while behind the wheel.

The dangers of eating while driving

Indeed, eating while driving may be as dangerous an action as texting or talking on a cell phone while driving. Some might argue it may be even more so, given that so many people eat at the wheel. Some safety experts even believe that eating while driving may be the cause for as many as 80% of all car accidents.

Why can it be so dangerous? According to a joint research effort between the Auto Alliance and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, there are three major forms of driving distractions:

  • Visual
  • Cognitive
  • Manual

Eating at wheel causes one to engage in all three simultaneously.

Was eating while driving the cause of your accident?

Signs such as fresh food stains on one’s clothing or opened food wrappers or containers strewn throughout their vehicle may be indicators that the driver eating while driving caused your accident. Spotting these signs may be beneficial when determining one’s degree of liability for your collision.

You can learn more about assigning liability for a car accident by continuing to explore our site.


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