Many people eat while driving. It's fairly common to pull into a drive-thru, order a meal and then proceed to your destination while eating your burger. Most Texas drivers have probably operated a motor vehicle while eating at the same time, and most people probably assume it is perfectly safe.
In reality, eating while driving is dangerous, and it can have serious repercussions for both the driver and other people on the road. In fact, it is a type of distracted driving. Anything that takes a person's attention away from the task at hand is dangerous, even if it is just eating a sandwich. No matter how hungry a person is, distracted driving is always dangerous and always preventable.
An unnecessary risk
Distracted driving includes any type of behavior that takes a driver's attention from the operating the vehicle. In many cases, distracted driving involves texting or other types of phone use, but it can also include eating. Consider the following ways that the simple act of eating can impact a driver's abilities:
- It can cause cognitive distraction. This happens when a driver's mind is focused on anything other than driving with both hands on the wheel.
- It can lead to manual distraction. This occurs when a driver takes one or both hands off the steering wheel for any reason.
- Eating can lead to visual distraction. This happens when a person is looking at something besides the road while driving.
It seems innocent and easy, but in reality, eating while driving is an unnecessary safety risk. It is especially dangerous because eating while driving can cause a driver to experience a combination of different types of distraction at the same time.
A significant number of drivers admit to eating while operating a motor vehicle. Regardless of the reason, distracted driving is always preventable and always inexcusable.
Can you hold someone accountable for eating?
While eating is not against the law, it is against the law for a driver to engage in negligent or reckless behaviors while operating a vehicle. This may include eating while driving if it causes another person harm.
It is possible to hold distracted drivers accountable for their actions. An evaluation of your case may reveal that you have specific options available, including the right to seek compensation from a personal injury claim. It is beneficial to take action to protect yourself as soon as possible after a car accident.