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Driving Safely with Kids, by Atlanta Accident Lawyers, Montlick & Assoc.

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Avoid Dangerous Distractions When Driving with Children!

Monday, August 12, 2013

As seen on ABC News, the Atlanta Accident Lawyers at Montlick & Associates warn drivers on the dangers of distracted driving, and share helpful tips on how to prevent distractions from kids riding in cars. Watch the video and click on the links below for additional driver safety tips, and to learn more about the Georgia Personal Injury law firm's extensive Child Passenger Safety program.


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Atlanta Accident Lawyers, Montlick & Associates Reviews Important Safeguards; Steps to Prevent Dangerous Distractions from Kids in Cars

According to a newly released study on the dangers of distracted driving, distractions from kids riding in the backseat pose an even greater threat than distractions from cell phones and text messages. These startling findings prompted the Atlanta Accident Lawyers at Montlick & Associates to produce the video posted at the top of this page; to review important safeguards and educate the public on the dangers of driving when children are present.

According to the study, kids are twelve times more distracting to drivers than talking on a cell phone. The study also found that when kids are present, parents take their eyes off the road an average of 3½ minutes every 16-minute car ride – or almost 20% of the trip.

Some of the distractions include:

  • Disciplining children
  • Trying to break up a fight or argument
  • Comforting crying babies
  • Adjusting an entertainment system like a DVD player
  • Assisting kids with food or beverages

According to the Georgia Personal Injury Law firm, it’s important for parents to be aware of the dangers, and to take immediate steps to minimize these distractions. One step recommended by safety experts is for parents to set up car rules in advance, so children know what behavior is expected of them during the ride. For example, parents should explain to kids that if they drop something during the ride, they must wait until the car comes to a full stop to get it back. Another safety recommendation is for parents is to feed kids before leaving, because giving them snacks in the car encourages them to make demands that cannot be safely accommodated.

The types of distractions caused by kids are widespread and varied. But no matter what the child’s age or situation, the safest practice, according to the Atlanta Accident Lawyers at Montlick & Associates, is to pull over and stop the car – as soon as it is safe to do so - before tending to your child’s needs.

For 30 years, the Atlanta Accident Lawyers at Montlick & Associates have made it their goal to be the best personal injury law firm in the United States. The firm represents families and individuals who suffer from catastrophic injuries, in all types of cases involving wrongful conduct and wrongful death. The firm also has a long history of public service, with the primary focuses being helping families prevent injuries, and supporting our troops. The firm was named the "Most Patriotic Business of 2011" by the Association of the United States Army in Atlanta for its efforts to support the troops, and its CEO David R. Montlick received a Patriotism Award in 2012 for the Southeast. No matter where you live in Georgia, if you have been seriously injured in an accident involving negligence, drunk driving, or any other reckless behavior, our caring and compassionate team of lawyers is here to assist you. Please call us 24 hours, 7 days a week including weekends and holidays at 1-800-LAW-NEED for your free consultation, or visit www.montlick.com and fill out our Free Case Evaluation form or use our 24 Hour Live Online Chat.

Kids Distracting Driving

In this week's segment on ABC News, the Atlanta Accident Lawyers at Montlick & Associates review important safety precautions; and steps parents should take to avoid dangerous distractions when driving with children.

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