Parents face a lot of potential driving distractions when they get in the car. They may be thinking about where they’re going, trying to make a last-minute phone call, typing an address into the GPS or bringing up a playlist or an audiobook to listen to while they drive.
The good news is that they can avoid all of these distractions if they simply choose to do so. They can program the GPS in advance, for instance, and make that phone call before they get in the car. The bad news is that parents may have one major distraction that they cannot avoid: Their own children.
The many distractions children present to drivers
Some studies have called children one of the worst distractions for any driver, and they cause these distractions in many ways. Examples include:
- A young child may cry during the drive if they’re bored of being in the car, and it’s hard for a parent to ignore the sound and focus on the road.
- Older children may argue and fight with one another, prompting adults to try to solve those disagreements.
- Children may ask for all sorts of items, including snacks, toys, books and things that they dropped on the ground.
- Even when they’re being good, simply having children talking and laughing in the car can be a distraction for a driver.
There is really no way to prevent this, and every parent has to deal with it at some point in their lives. If one of these distracted parents makes a mistake and causes an accident, those who are injured may be able to seek compensation for medical bills and other costs.