Eating ranks as one of the top driving distractions and has led to countless Washington auto accidents. According to recent studies, eating can be as dangerous as using a cell phone because it causes you to take your eyes off the road and your hands off the steering wheel. Even as a Seattle auto accident attorney, I understand the temptation to eat behind the wheel. However, indulging can have devastating consequences.
Just this Monday, a 42-year-old man crashed the FedEx tractor-trailer he was driving after choking on pork rinds.
According to the State Patrol, Edward Sutherland was driving in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 when he began choking on his food. As a result, he lost control of his vehicle and veered into northbound lanes, eventually crashing in a muddy side ditch.
Fortunately, no vehicles were hit during the incident.
Sutherland suffered minor injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, at least 80 percent of all crashes and 65 percent of near crashes are caused by distracted drivers. So whether it’s talking on a cell phone or eating pork rinds, we ask that you avoid all distractions while driving.