The Journal of Pediatrics recently published a new study that looked into
parents driving while distracted with children in the car. The study was
conducted using an online sample of 760 adults from 47 U.S. states. Participants
were required to be at least 18 years old and be a parent or routine caregiver
of a child between the ages of 4 and 10. Researchers looked at data over
a 3 month period, and it showed that the majority of parents involved
in the study either talked on the phone when their children between the
ages of 4 and 10 were in the car. The same study also linked phone use
with children in the car to other dangerous other risky driving tendencies;
this includes: not wearing a seat belt, driving under the influence of
alcohol, and potentially more aggressive driving behaviors.
The results from the study that show such stark parallels between technology
used when driving and driving under the influence are astounding. Using
a cell phone while driving and driving under the influence are not only
ill-advised actions, but are both illegal, too. These forms of distracted
driving are proven to cause more accidents and subsequently more deaths.
While traveling with a child, it is especially important to not use your
cell phone, drive with a clear mind, and maintain the safety of the young
passenger with you.
Although there are road-side signs, public service announcements on television,
and plenty of other warnings, accidents involving distracted driving still
occur. One in four motor vehicle crashes involves at least one form of
distracted driving, meaning there is still an enormous amount of work
to be done with educating drivers about the risks of driving distracted.
In light of this new study, it is important to be aware of whom your child
is being driven around by, and when being driven by you it is important
to stay focused on the road. In the tragic event that you, your child,
or another family member is injured or killed by a distracted driver,
it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. The immediate
investigation of such accidents by a third party is vital. The more time
that passes, the more likely witnesses are to forget details. In addition,
it is important to have an attorney represent the victim during the traffic
hearing, in the event that citations were issued.
Our firm is experienced in the traffic division and we are equipped to
handle complex cases like this one. If you or someone you know has been
injured as a result of a third-party's negligence, contact the attorneys
at Boudreau & Nisivaco, LLC today for a free consultation. (312) 620-1261
Factors Associated with Cell Phone Use While Driving: A Survey of Parents
and Caregivers of Children Ages 4-10 Years
McDonald C.C., Kennedy E., Fleisher L., Zonfrillo M.R.
(2018) Journal of Pediatrics