Too often, Michigan car accidents are caused by distracted drivers who are not paying attention to the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 80% of all car accidents involve some type of driver distraction, including cell phone use, adjusting the radio, and having pets, children, or objects move around in the car.
One of the most common causes of driver distraction is eating and driving. According to the NHTSA and insurance companies, the problem is not so much eating, it is the combination of several distractions which are more likely to occur while eating. For example, many people can drive while drinking coffee, but when the coffee spills on their clothes, drivers tend to become anxious and try to clean up the spill while still driving. At this point, they often fail to notice a car stopped in front of them or a sharp bend in the road.
The top 10 food offenders in a car are:
- Hot soup
- Barbecued food
- Fried chicken
- Jelly or cream-filled donuts
- Soft drinks
Many accidents can be avoided by paying close attention to the road and to drivers around you that might not be as observant as you are. However, if you are injured in a car accident, you can file a claim for Michigan No Fault insurance benefits and you may be entitled to file a lawsuit. A qualified and experienced Michigan car accident lawyer can help you evaluate your rights.