Though every woman knows (or should know) that driving in heels is not recommended, they may not know that it could be fatal. Men are also at risk with their footwear choices because not only high heels can cause accidents – flip flop sandals can also be incredibly dangerous.
When women wear heels in a car, their reaction time is severely impacted. The heel of their shoes will not always stay planted on the mats of a car like other shoes will and making sudden movements can be rendered impossible. That becomes a major issue when a driver is forced to quickly change pedals from acceleration to braking.
Flip flop sandals can come off of feet, which crowds the pedal area and could cause feet to get stuck. They can also wedge themselves behind the pedals, which make it impossible to push down. The only way to remove them quickly is to use hands, but that takes the eyes off of the road.
All people want to be comfortable when they drive; or they want to be fashionable. Wearing sandals and heels may be more convenient given your outfit or activity, but it can be very dangerous.
Dr. Robert Lee a podiatrist at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center urges men and women to have an extra pair of appropriate shoes in their cars that they can change into when they are wearing the hazardous styles. Though that seems annoying, it could save your life.
Though some people may feel that they are completely comfortable and able in their driving with inappropriate heels, the risks are still always there. Issues like this do not cause problems often; but when they do it is unfortunate as it could have so easily been avoided.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, whether caused by a problematic shoe or anything else, then contact a Los Angeles car accident lawyer. Our lawyers will assist you with identifying negligence, filing insurance claims; and can ensure that you receive the highest possible compensation for the damages that you have suffered, including punitive damages in the event of serious injury or death.