It is so common for people to be subject to prejudice regarding their driving ability based on their age or demographics. For example, it is common for people to assume that teenagers are likely to be using their phone while driving, and that parents, on the other hand, would be far more responsible. Prejudice of any kind is dangerous for establishing justice, because the facts of any case should be objectively assessed.
If you were involved in a car accident with a parent who had children in the car, you may want to take note of statistics relating to distracted driving. While parents might commonly be stereotyped as some of the most responsible drivers on the road, some studies suggest otherwise.
Parents' propensity to engage in distracted driving with children in the car
In a study of 760 parents with children between 4 and 10 years old, 47 percent admitted to talking on a hand-held phone. In addition, 27 percent said that they send text messages while behind the wheel, and 14 percent admitted to using social media. These statistics are a cause for concern, especially when paired with the fact that distracted driving is a common cause of collisions.
The distraction caused by children in the car
In addition to a parent's propensity to engage in distracted phone use, the presence of children in the car can also lead to additional distractions. Another study conducted by Monash University found that children are 12 times more distracting than talking on the phone while driving. Children under the age of 8 can pose many distractions, since they will often demand attention, insist on asking questions, and they can also get upset, potentially causing distress to the person behind the wheel.
Proving fault after a collision
While every case is different and requires unique analysis, studies have worked to highlight the dangers of any form of distraction while driving. If you were in a collision and with a driver who had children in the car, it is possible to consider whether distractions contributed to the collision.
It is important to establish fault after a car accident in Arkansas, and in order to do so, all possibilities should be evaluated.