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Examining another major cause of distracted driving

Significant resources have been dedicated to raising the awareness of the dangers that result from drunk driving. The same can be said about texting while driving. Yet will an emphasis on stopping such practices ensure your safety from impaired or distracted drivers? Several of the clients that we here at The Calderone Law Group, P.A. have worked with in the past have learned firsthand that there is another subcategory of distracted drivers on Naples' roads that can be equally as dangerous. 

If you have been hit by another vehicle and noticed signs such as food wrappers on the floor of the other car or grease stains on the steering wheel or the driver's clothing, then those might be indicators that he or she had been eating while the accident occurred. What is wrong with eating while driving? Many may tell you "nothing" before reviewing some eye-opening statistics compiled about the practice. Information shared by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that eating while driving could increase the potential of being involved in an accident by as much as 80 percent. That figure becomes even more alarming when you consider that 70 percent of people admit to doing it. 

Why does eating cause such a distraction behind the wheel? It draws the attention of the driver away from the road as he or she unwarps food packaging and attempts to avoid spills. Plus, one must remove his or her hands from the steering wheel while eating. These distractions can easily cause a driver to lose focus and slow his or her reaction time significantly, making it that much more difficult to avoid a collision on the road. 

You can discover more information about identifying potential driving distractions by continuing to browse through our site. 

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