A truck driver's morning cup of coffee caused a horrifying accident on Pennsylvania's Route 30 in Manchester Township.
The driver of a box truck choked on her coffee while driving east of I-83. She blacked out while choking, and her truck rammed into the rear of a small, compact car with such force that it went completely underneath the sport utility vehicle in front of it, lifting the SUV into the air.
Amazingly, everyone survived the accident. The driver of the smaller vehicle was even able to exit his car, walk around and talk to bystanders before leaving with the paramedics who arrived on the scene.
While this accident produced some startling images in the news, it isn't actually unusual. Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of roadway accidents -- and that's partially because many people don't clearly define what sort of behaviors equal a "distraction." Here are some common activities that are actually part of the distracted driving problem:
- Setting the geo-location services on your phone or GPS device while in motion
- Chatting with friends and occasionally glancing their way as you drive
- Adjusting the radio to get a station to come in clearer or switching radio stations
- Singing along to a favorite tune and letting your attention wander
- Eating lunch or dinner from a drive-thru while the car is in motion
- Checking on unruly passengers (usually children) in the back seat
- Reaching for a phone, pair of sunglasses, lip balm or some other object that has rolled away or is hidden inside a purse
- Smoking or vaping while behind the wheel
If any of these things sound familiar, you may actually be a distracted driver from time to time yourself.
Unfortunately, while you can take precautions and change your own behavior, there's no way to anticipate the actions of other drivers on the road. If you're injured in an accident with a distracted driver, take the time to find out more about your legal right to compensation for your losses.