Parents may be more distracted than teen drivers

On Behalf of | Dec 27, 2023 | Car Accidents

Young drivers are often maligned for their distracted driving. Often, they get distracted by the phone. They could send or read text messages, listen to music, take pictures, use social media or use a GPS app – all while driving. 

This is indeed dangerous and common, but it’s not just teens who get distracted. Many adults also get distracted, and some studies have found that parents are some of the most distracted drivers on the road. 

The challenge of driving with children 

The issue is that it’s hard to drive with children in the car. When children are newborns or young toddlers, they may cry or fuss. A parent can try to ignore it, but they are still hardwired to respond to their child, and they can’t just turn that off in the car. 

When children get older, they often need help. A parent who is trying to drive the car safely might find themselves handing out snacks and drinks, answering numerous questions or feeling around on the floor for toys and other items that children have dropped. 

Additionally, children often get bored. They may want to listen to music, tell jokes, talk to each other or, inevitably, argue and fight with siblings. Even when parents are not directly involved, it can be very distracting to have all of this happening in the car. 

After an accident 

Parents may find it impossible to avoid these distractions, so they are going to continue causing serious car accidents. Those who have gotten injured need to know how to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and the like.