Unfortunately, whether we admit to it or not, we have all done it. Whether rushing to work in the morning or eating a snack while running an errand, at some point we have all eaten while driving. However, just because most people have done it, does not make it safe. Eating while driving is distracted driving, which has led to many auto accidents. Because of the significant impact distracted driving may have on you if you are in an accident it is important to limit all distractions while driving. If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident involving a distracted driver, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced Spokane auto accident attorney so that we can help you strategize about the best possible outcomes for your case.
EWD: Eating While Driving
Studies have shown that approximately 70% of people have admitted to eating while driving. Though it may not seem that eating while driving is dangerous, it very well can be. Eating while driving, like texting while driving, significantly increases your risk of being in an auto accident because it takes your attention away from the road and though it may only take your attention away from the road for a few seconds, a few seconds is all that is needed for an accident to occur. Eating while driving may require you to unwrap packaging, hold the food with one hand while driving with the other, and apply condiments or use napkins.
Being distracted while driving, whether due to eating or texting, is the reason that 80% of drivers are involved in an auto accident. These distractions slows your ability to react to the different dangers that are present on the road and takes your hands away from the wheel. These distractions are dangerous because you are sharing the road with thousands of other people and therefore, being alert and distraction-free can save you time and money, and also save lives.
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Distracted driving is never safe and can be as dangerous as texting while driving. If your distracted driving results in an accident, you can not only injure yourself and your passenger, but others as well. Being distracted for a few seconds can leave you with a lifetime of injuries. If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident involving a distracted driver, contact an experienced auto accident attorney to help you with your case. Contact the West Law Office online or call at 509-993-0748 today.
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