Drivers are easily distracted. From talking to passengers, to making phone calls to manipulating a GPS unit, drivers often believe they have the skill necessary to both operate a vehicle safely and perform various tasks while behind the wheel. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.
With distracted driving leading to a significant number of serious – or even fatal – accidents each year, drivers must remain wary of any activity that might lead to a manual, cognitive or visual distraction from the road. While texting and talking on a cell phone remain at the top of the list of dangerous activities, eating and drinking is quickly becoming a recognized hazard.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has ranked the 10 most dangerous types of food to eat while driving. The foods that top the list include:
- Soft drinks
- Doughnuts (jelly and cream-filled or powdered)
- Fried chicken
- Barbecued food
Many of the items on this list contain an element of “messy.” Chocolate can melt on a driver’s fingers, causing him or her to attempt to clean it off while operating the vehicle. Drinks can spill, jelly can squirt out of a bitten doughnut and land on a driver’s clothing. Drivers can be both distracted by the act of eating and drinking and then distracted again when the food causes a mess.
Distracted driving can lead to serious collisions resulting in catastrophic injuries. From traumatic brain damage to paralysis, occupants of any vehicle involved can suffer life-changing damage. If you were injured or you lost a loved one in an accident caused by the negligence of another driver, it is crucial that you discuss your situation with a trusted motor vehicle accident attorney as soon as possible.