All the leaves are turning red, there’s a cold snip in the air and every coffee shop is stocked with pumpkin spice lattes – and that latte could be the cause of your injuries.
Many car accidents are caused because a driver wants something to eat or drink on the road. How can a meal on the road lead to your injuries? Here’s what you should know:
Eating and drinking while driving can cause accidents
Anyone who owns a car has likely driven through a fast food restaurant at least once in their life – many drivers buy fast food daily. Fast food is great for people who skip breakfast and need a cup of coffee before work or for people who can’t stop driving for a hot meal, like truck drivers and mail carriers.
A quick, greasy meal or hot beverage could cause drivers to become distracted. Drivers who often eat on the road likely have to take one hand off the wheel and look away from the road, reducing their reaction speed. If a hot drink spills on a driver, they may act erratically and suddenly turn the wheel into traffic, brake in front of another car or rear-end someone.
A person’s choice to eat while driving may put themselves and other drivers in dangerous situations. A car accident by a distracted driver may cause head and spine injuries and even fatalities. If you’ve been the victim of a negligent driver, find out more about your legal options.