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Truck drivers should not eat behind the wheel

Truck drivers have to spend long hours on the road, often without breaks to go home and cook up a nice meal. They have schedules to keep, they sleep in the cabs at truck stops, and they continue on the next day. Wouldn't it make sense for a trucker to swing through a drive-thru to grab some food while he or she is on the road?

Though that may be the easiest way to get a meal, and certainly the tactic that best helps the trucker keep on the schedule, it's actually been shown that eating and driving is very dangerous. Eating is a huge distraction, and studies have concluded that distractions cause up to 80 percent of all wrecks.

The government already has strict rules about other distractions for truck drivers, such as texting and driving. It would be wise for truckers to realize that eating can be just as distracting, if not more so, and to abstain from it while traveling.

Some foods are worse than others. A few of the worst include the following:

-- Hamburgers-- Chocolate-- Fried chicken-- Soft drinks-- Coffee-- Soup-- Tacos-- BBQ

As you can see, that list includes many of the things most often found at fast food joints and other places where it's easy to get a quick meal on the road. The combination can be deadly, though, as a truck driver who is distracted by his or her food for just a second could cause a high-speed crash with a vehicle weighing tens of thousand of pounds.

If you've been injured in such an accident in New Jersey, you may be able to seek compensation.

Source: Virtual Drive, "The Dangers of Eating while Driving," accessed Jan. 08, 2016

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