How Non-Alcoholic Beverages Can Cause Serious Car Accidents
While drinking alcohol and driving is very illegal, drinking other beverages is not as long as the driver's BAC is not above the legal limit. However, drinking while driving can cause other problems such as serving as a distraction and causing a car accident. If a driver was distracted while drinking, they might be considered negligent and may be held responsible for an accident.
Drinking Can Lead to Distracted Driving
Drinking non-alcoholic beverages while driving is so common that cars usually come with several cup holders. However, beverages can cause several problems:
- Reaching for a drink or unscrewing a cap can take hands off the wheel
- Tilting one's head back while drinking can take one's eyes off the road
- Accidentally spilling a drink can cause a distraction
Even if the driver is simply enjoying their beverage, the act of drinking can reduce the amount of focus that the driver is giving on the road and this can increase the risk of an accident.
Illegal Actions Associated with Distracted Driving
While consuming beverages is allowed while driving, the motorist might engage in other illegal activities while distracted. This can include running a red light, blowing through a stop sign, swerving, or failing to signal while turning.
Drinking and Bad Driving
Distracted driving can especially be a problem during adverse weather conditions. For example, when there is poor visibility or when the roads are very slick, drinking and driving can be especially disastrous because a motorist won't be able to stop their car in time.
How to Prove That the Driver Was Distracted
You might have witnessed the driver consuming a beverage right when the accident occurred. However, you will need to prove that they were distracted before you will be able to receive compensation after you are able to prove that the driver was negligent.
If there are any other witnesses who saw the driver drinking, they can testify on your behalf. However, an expert witness can be more useful because they can analyze the evidence found at the scene of the accident to prove that the driver was reckless.
For example, if the driver was speeding, the lack of skid marks and the way in which the debris was thrown from the vehicle can be used by a personal injury attorney to prove that the other driver was negligent and is responsible for your auto accident. Then, you may be entitled to compensation for any injuries resulting from your accident.
Speak to a personal injury lawyer to learn more.