You're in a hurry, but it's well past lunch time, and you need to grab some food. You don't have time to stop, but that's what the drive-thru is for, right? You can just grab a burger and eat while you go, solving your problem without costing you any time.
You can, but you may end up costing yourself a lot more time if you're in an accident. After all, a study in 2014 found that eating and drinking while you drive makes you 3.6 times as likely to get in a wreck.
Accidents are always a risk when you get on the road, and they're consistently one of the leading causes of injury and death in Florida. If you eat while you drive, you simply make that risk even greater.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration backed up the study noted above, saying that the odds of a crash go up by 80 percent if you're eating behind the wheel. They also said that the majority of near-miss incidents (65 percent) come from drivers who are drinking or eating.
Even so, people do this constantly. One study looked at 1,000 drivers and found that around 700 of them (70 percent) would eat while they drive. Additionally, 830 of them (83 percent) would drink various beverages, like soda and coffee, behind the wheel.
If one of these distracted drivers runs into your vehicles and you are injured in the accident, you may have a right to financial compensation. It's important to know the legal steps needed to get it, as you could be facing lost wages, high medical bills, and more.
Source: Decide to Drive, "Eating While Driving," accessed Nov. 19, 2016