Two of the most commonly reported reasons that car accidents occur throughout the Sacramento area are speed and distracted driving. Often distracted driving is brought up in the context of texting or cellphone use while operating a vehicle. Another type of distracted driving that was most likely usurped when texting became commonplace, is still sometimes the cited reason for car crashes however. This distraction is eating while behind the wheel.
Earlier this month a man, who was apparently in the process of consuming a taco while driving, hit two cars that were parked along a street in Antelope. In addition to engaging in distracted driving, at the time of the crash on Mohican Way, the man was reportedly driving well over the road's 20 mile per hour speed limit. The force of the impact of the collision actually flipped the car the man was driving, upside down so that it landed on its roof.
Miraculously, the man driving the vehicle was not hurt in the early morning incident. He had apparently looked away from the road trying to brush crumbs from his lap when the collision occurred.
This incident illustrates just how quickly an accident can occur when a driver is distracted and driving. The outcome of distracted driving car crashes is not always as benign as this one. Serious injuries can be inflicted upon individuals in the motor vehicles and in the worst cases, the result may be death. Under certain circumstances when either of these occurs, it may be able to recover financial compensation via a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
Source: The Los Angeles Times, "Eating while driving blamed for multicar crash near Sacramento," Sam Cohen, June 14, 2012