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After having experienced a car accident in Kentucky, you may often question how was it that the driver that hit you could have lost control of their vehicle in the manner that they did. Minus adverse road conditions and any apparent impairment on the driver’s part, you might be at a loss as to what caused the collision.

Then you notice a fresh stain on the driver’s shirt, as well as smudges of grease on their hands and face. You might not think something as simple as eating could cause a car accident, yet as many of our past clients here at Mark D. Knight Attorney at Law can attest to, such an action can indeed distract drivers.

How dangerous is eating while driving?

Eating and drinking seem like such natural actions that few might consider these actions distracting. One might even argue that drive-through dining and cup holders in vehicles imply that one’s car is a great place to have a quick bite. Yet a joint research effort between the Auto Alliance and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons shows that eating and drinking behind the wheel can increase the chances of experiencing a car accident by as much as 39%.

Common driving distractions

Why can eating and drinking while driving be dangerous? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there are three major types of driving distractions:

  • Visual
  • Manual
  • Cognitive

Eating behind the wheel causes one to engage in all three.

If there are no obvious signs that eating or drinking behind the wheel caused your accident, look for more subtle indicators. These may include open drink containers in one’s vehicle, or open food wrappers. You can find more information on identifying distracted driving throughout our site.