We all know that drinking alcohol behind the wheel is extremely dangerous. Likewise, we’ve all heard about the risks associated with texting while driving. But have you ever stopped to think about the hazards of eating on the road? Like other types of distractions, eating can take a driver’s attention away from what is most important.
However, not all foods are created equal when it comes to posing a driving hazard. Here are seven of the riskiest:
- Hot coffee. Although it’s difficult to imagine enduring Columbia’s rush hour commute without a steaming cup of mocha, it’s safer to do without. If hot liquid spills on your lap, it could cause you to swerve and crash.
- Barbeque. The sticky sauce on barbequed ribs or chicken tends to get all over. It’s easy to get distracted while hunting in your glove compartment for napkins to wipe off the sticky residue.
- Tacos. Like other foods filled with an assortment of loose ingredients, tacos can be distractingly messy. It’s hard to eat one behind the wheel without dropping bits of lettuce, chunks of tomato and other tidbits.
- Soup. This one should be self-evident. It’s nearly impossible to drive while eating soup with a spoon. Plus, if the soup is hot, the drips and spills can be painfully distracting.
- Jelly donuts. The outside is sugary and sticky, while the inside is gooey and drippy. If that jelly filling drops on your shirt and you glance down to assess the damage, you could easily cause an accident.
- Chocolate. This one is a particular hazard in the summer. When it melts in the heat, you can count on a gooey – and distracting – mess.
- Fried chicken. All that grease can coat the steering wheel, the gear shift and everything else in the car. In the event you need to hurriedly turn the wheel to avoid another car, for instance, you may not be able to do so.
Of course, if you are ever injured by a careless or reckless driver, you probably won’t care whether the other person was eating barbequed ribs, reading a text or fiddling with the radio. What will really matter to you is recovering full and fair compensation for your injuries and losses.
The good news is that any type of negligence can potentially be grounds for a personal injury claim. You do have rights – whether the accident was food-related or not.