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Your children are more distracting than your phone

On Behalf of | Aug 1, 2022 | Family Law

Phones are often looked at as the biggest reason for distracted driving. And, in many ways, they are. If you look at the sheer number of distracted driving accidents, your phones are involved in many of them.

But that doesn’t mean that phones are the only reason, or even that they’re the most distracting thing you have to deal with. If you’re a parent, some reports claim that your children could be an even bigger distraction.

Many types of distractions

The issue is simply that children can be distracting in so many different ways. For instance, maybe you have toddlers who are constantly dropping their toys and asking you to pick them up – something 40% of parents admitted to. Perhaps you have older children who want you to give them snacks and drinks in the car. Or maybe you just have a newborn baby who is going to scream and cry when he or she is unhappy, whether or not you have to drive.

Parents often feel hardwired to meet their children’s needs. I don’t want to listen to the crying or whining child. They want to solve the issue and put an end to it. They want the child to be happy.

But it’s difficult to turn off that instinct when you’re in the car. A parent may know that it’s far more dangerous to turn around and interact with the children while the car is in motion, but they will do it anyway.

If you’re injured in an accident

Even if you don’t have children yourself, you have to share the road with parents who are driving their children to school, daycare or on errands. If one of these distracted drivers hits you and you’re injured, you may be able to seek compensation.

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