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Risks associated with eating while driving

There are many examples of reckless and careless driving, from someone who uses their phone when they should be paying attention to the road to a driver who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, there are many distractions that can interfere with a person’s ability to safely operate their vehicle, some of which may seem harmless. For example, eating while driving a car can be extremely dangerous for different reasons and many drivers have consumed food or drinks while behind the wheel, putting their lives and the safety of others at risk.

A person might eat food while driving for many reasons. For example, someone may be running late to work and not have enough time to eat breakfast, prompting them to eat in the car. Unfortunately, eating behind the wheel can be dangerous for all sorts of reasons. Not only can a driver become distracted when they grab or prepare food, but their hands may be taken off the wheel to eat and they could lose focus on the road for other reasons, such as spilling food on their clothes or on the floor. Drinks can also be dangerous, especially hot drinks such as coffee that might burn a driver and cause them to veer into oncoming traffic.

People continue to eat and drive all over the U.S. and it is crucial for those whose lives are upended because of a distracted driving accident to consider their legal options. The car crash page on our site has more related to distracted driving.

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