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Children are one of the biggest driving distractions

On Behalf of | Jun 13, 2024 | Car Accidents

Many driving distractions can be avoided. For instance, texting and driving is one of the most common distractions, but drivers could always avoid it simply by turning off their devices in the car. Numerous drivers also get distracted by becoming lost in thought, so they may just need to devote more mental energy to focusing on the road.

But for parents, avoiding distractions may be impossible. This is because one of the largest distractions they face just comes from their own children. Some studies claim kids are even more distracting than using a cellphone in the car. 

Distraction at different ages

Exactly how this manifests usually depends on the child’s age. For example, when the child is a newborn or a young baby, the distraction could just be that they are crying or fussing in the car. The parent may not be able to stop this from happening, so they have to learn how to ignore it and continue to drive safely.

Once children get older, they may require assistance from their parents. Examples include parents who pass out snacks and drinks in the car. Children may also get into arguments or fights with each other, or they may drop toys and other items on the ground and ask a parent to pick them up. All of these things can be highly distracting, especially on a long road trip.

Seeking compensation

Have you been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver? If you have, be sure you know how to seek compensation. It can help to cover medical bills, lost wages, lost earning capacity and much more, depending on the specifics of your case.