When we are driving in a car, there are so many things that have the potential to distract us. So much emphasis is put on the way that cellphones can distract us from the road, and while this is true, it's only one part of the picture. In reality, we can be distracted by our own emotional state and the emotional state of other people in the car.
This is why studies have recently been conducted on how the presence of children in a car impacts safety. Children have heightened emotional states and they are highly dependent, especially when young. When the only adult in the car is driving and there are children in the car, their presence can be extremely distracting.
Monash University recently conducted a study into car accidents, and they have found that having children in the car is 12 times more dangerous than talking on a hands-free cellphone.
What does this mean for assigning fault in car accidents?
It is important that parents and caregivers understand the potential dangers of driving with children. When they are aware of this, they can put measures in place to minimize the distractions present so that driving can be more safe.
When accidents do occur, assigning blame can be difficult to do. However the facts are clear: All drivers have the responsibility to minimize distracted driving for the safety of themselves and others on the road. In addition, investigators of car accident cases are aware of the impact children can have on safe driving, and they may be more likely to conclude that distracted driving as a result of attending to children was to blame for the occurrence of an accident.
How can I prevent distracted driving with children?
If you are driving children in a car, it is important to make sure that their car seat is secured and fastened correctly. In addition, making sure that they are in a good frame of mind and have a safe toy to play with during the journey can prevent you from becoming distracted.
If you have questions about assigning fault after a car accident in the state of Arkansas, it is important that you conduct adequate research.