Why new parents may be the most distracted drivers

On Behalf of | Apr 11, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Driving distractions come from many sources. Without question, a significant portion of distracted drivers are using their cellphones in the car, even when it’s illegal for them to do so. But distractions can also include things like getting lost in thought, listening to music, talking to passengers, reading billboards and much more.

In fact, you’ll find that young parents are some of the most distracted drivers in America. And worse yet, unlike someone who has made a conscious decision to use their cellphone, parents may not be able to avoid this distraction.

Kids in the car

The problem is just that having children in the car is going to be distracting. When they’re very young, they may cry or fuss constantly, and the sound alone can be distracting. Many parents will also try to give the child toys, pacifiers, bottles and other things to get them to calm down. But doing all of this is very distracting when a driver should be looking at the road and focusing on the traffic around them.

Even as children get older, the distractions don’t end. They may constantly ask for toys, video games, snacks, drinks and much more. Children may also want to have music on in the car, and they may sing along, talk to each other, laugh, yell or otherwise just pull the driver’s attention away from the road. Children are not doing this on purpose, of course, but that doesn’t make driving under these conditions any easier for the adult.

Have you been injured in an accident that a distracted driver caused? You may be able to seek financial compensation for medical bills and other costs.