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
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.