24 Feb. 2017

Is it Dangerous to Drive in Flip Flops?

Posted By Haggerty, Goldberg, Schleifer & Kupersmith, P.C.

The road can be a dangerous place where drivers must navigate a variety of hazards. For example, a motorist may be required to take evasive maneuvers if a car suddenly turns into their lane. The point is that when it comes to safe driving, every little bit counts. However, many drivers may not give a second thought to their footwear. If you are accustomed to wearing flip flops while behind the wheel, there are some safety concerns of which you should be aware.

What Makes Flip Flops Dangerous?

There is no law or statute that bans driving in loose or non-secured footwear like flip flops and high heels. Motorists may even drive barefoot if they please. While it is not illegal, driving in flip flops can be dangerous for several reasons. First, they can physically limit a person’s ability to drive. For example, imagine that you go to press on the break, but the strap of your sandal gets caught on the accelerator, preventing you from stopping. While this may sound like a freak occurrence, this exact situation has led to fatal accidents in the past.

Other times, wearing sandals can lead to distractions which take a driver’s attention off the road. For example, if a sandal gets stuck underneath a pedal, a person may shift his or her focus away from driving while they attempt to retrieve it. According to the CDC, more than 1,000 people are injured each day in car accidents involving a distracted driver. It only takes a moment for an accident to happen. Consider that when traveling at 60 mph, a car can cover a distance greater than a football field in five seconds.

If a driver’s choices (including the choice of footwear) result in an accident, they may be found liable for resulting damages. However, pinpointing the possible distractions which may have led to an accident can require the eye of a skilled attorney. If you have questions about your case, it may be time to secure the help of a knowledgeable legal team.

Have You Been Injured in an Accident? Call 267.419.6422

Avoiding the dangers and hazards that appear on the road can be a constant battle. While you may exhibit safe driving practices, there is no guarantee that the other motorists on the road will follow suit. If you are involved in a car accident with a distracted or negligent driver, you may be able to file a personal injury claim. At Haggerty, Goldberg, Schleifer & Kupersmith, P.C., our Philadelphia car accident attorneys possess more than 100 years of collective legal experience helping accident victims get the money that they deserve.

Don’t wait to get started on your case. Call (267) 419-6422 or contact us online.

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