When are children a cause of distracted driving?

Distracted driving is a serious problem that is becoming increasingly worse with our dependence on hand-held technology such as smartphones. However, one commonly overlooked cause of distracted driving is having children in the car with you.

Parents of children are naturally inclined to address the wants and needs of their children immediately. But when parents are behind the wheel, the most important thing for all involved is that they concentrate on driving safely. If you were recently involved in an accident with another driver who had children in the car, you may be wondering whether this caused the other driver to engage in distracted driving. The following are some of the most common ways that children can cause a driver to become distracted that you should consider.

Conversations

Young children like to practice their conversation skills at all times, and they also like to engage with their parents whenever they can, no matter what they are doing. They may ask questions and demand answers from their parents, even when their parents are navigating a difficult traffic situation. This can cause the driver to lose focus and become stressed in dangerous situations.

Arguments and misbehavior

If two or more children are in the back of the car, they may begin fighting or misbehaving. If a non-driving adult is not accompanying them, this can become an extremely stressful situation, especially on a highway or when navigating complex traffic situations. If the children unstrap themselves from their seats, the driver will need to pull over at the next possible opportunity.

Screaming and crying

If a child becomes distressed, they may begin to cry or scream. For a driver, this can be extremely distracting and it could prevent them from being able to make rational decisions. They may feel compelled to turn around while driving to attend to or soothe their child, but this is an extremely dangerous thing to do and can lead to a collision. It is important that drivers always prioritize safe driving, and that they pull over when it is safe to do so.

If you suspect that the other driver caused the accident you were involved in because they were distracted, you must take action to prove this and hold them liable.

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