Driving while distracted may significantly increase your risk of getting into an accident while traveling in Georgia and around the country. Eating while driving is generally considered to be a form of distracted driving, which means that it may be best to eat before you leave home, work or the rest area on the highway.
Eating may cause multiple distractions
Eating while driving may be especially dangerous because it can cause you to take your hands off of the steering wheel and your eyes off of the road. Furthermore, while consuming food, you may be more worried about how it tastes or avoiding getting a stain on your shirt instead of what is going on around you. You may also have an unpredictable reaction to food that is too hot, spicy or otherwise not what you are expecting.
Give yourself more time
In many cases, drivers consume food while traveling because they don’t have time to eat and then proceed to their destinations. This may be problematic because you may be at risk of making other poor decisions in the interests of getting to work or school in a timely manner. For instance, you may drive too fast for road conditions, follow too closely or take other actions that might increase your risk of getting into a motor vehicle accident. Giving yourself more time to get ready before leaving may reduce your risk of engaging in distracted driving.
If you are involved in a crash caused by a distracted driver, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. It may be possible to obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages through a settlement or after a jury trial.