When people talk about driving distractions, they often start with smartphones. They may also talk about GPS devices or people who are trying to choose a new radio station. Usually, we think of distraction as some technology-based issue.
But this is certainly not always the case, as there are far more distractions than just those caused by technology. Eating food behind the wheel, for example, can be a major distraction. But there is one thing that is both unavoidable for many drivers and often overlooked: The distraction presented by children in the car.
Are parents some of the most distracted drivers?
The issue is that having kids in the car can be a major distraction for parents who are trying to drive. It could be as simple as taking the kids to the store or picking them up from school or driving them to a friend’s house, but that trip can become very dangerous.
Children often have a lot of demands, asking for food or drinks. They may want toys or other distractions for themselves. They may drop items on the floor and then yell or even cry when they can’t get them back.
Parents know that they shouldn’t turn around to talk to their kids, pick up toys or hand out snacks, but it’s hard when the child is clearly distressed. The parent has to choose to either be distracted by the crying or to be distracted by trying to solve the problem, and neither one is a good solution.
What if one of these parents hits you?
Now, you may not be a parent yourself, or you may resolve to drive safely even if you are. Still, another parent who is distracted could hit and injure you, so you need to know how to seek financial compensation for your injuries and losses.