While many Tennessee drivers may hear about the dangers of driving while intoxicated, texting or fatigued, analysts say that eating while driving is one of the most common forms of distracted driving. Studies have shown that drivers who are eating or drinking are far more likely to become involved in a car accident than those who are not.
When a person is busy eating while driving, they may divert their eyes away from the roadways in order to pay attention to their snack. If they need to open a product or reach for something, they could take their hands off the wheel for several seconds, which is plenty of time to become involved in a car accident. Furthermore, the driver could mentally become distracted as they take their focus away from the road in front of them.
If a person gets into a car wreck that was caused by a distracted driver who was eating while driving, a personal injury attorney may help file a lawsuit. Depending on the severity of the injuries and other damages that were sustained, the attorney may seek compensation for medical bills and lost income. In many cases, the lawyer will negotiate with the liable driver’s insurance company in order to reach a settlement.