New Study Reveals Most Parents Operate Vehicles While Distracted When Transporting Kids


October 21, 2013

Although many view distracted driving as an issue that primarily affects teen drivers, a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan reveals that inattentive driving is a problem among a category of drivers who many assume are less likely to multi-task behind the wheel. According to the new study, nine out of ten parents admit to engaging in at least one technology based distraction while driving during the previous one month period. Because our Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys are committed to making the roadways safer for kids, we urge parents to avoid distractions while driving.

The new study surveyed 600 parents concerning their history of engaging in a list of ten common forms of distracted driving. Of those who participated in the study, only 46 parents indicated that they did not engage in any of the distracted driving practices when they were driving with their children in the car. More than seventy percent of the parents admitted using their cell phone to talk or text while traveling with their kids in the vehicle. Examples of the ten common distractions that drivers were asked about include:

  • Web surfing on an electronic device
  • Text messaging
  • Engaging in a conversation on a cell phone
  • Dealing with children (i.e. disciplining, feeding, handing toys)
  • Studying a map or GPS device
  • Grooming or putting on makeup
  • Adjusting a multi-media device

While the results suggest that most parents engage in distracted driving at least occasionally, the correlation between drivers who engage in distracted driving while failing to use proper child safety restraints is even more concerning. Those parents who admitted not securing their kids in age appropriate child safety restraints were 2.5 times more likely to be distracted by kids in the car. Moreover, parents who reported engaging in distracted driving practices were far more likely to indicate that they had been involved in prior collisions.

When a child suffers permanent or fatal injuries, the impact on the child's future and the family of the kids can be devastating. Our experienced Atlanta child passenger car accident attorneys see the tragic results when children are not properly secured in child safety restraints, and motorists transport kids while using a cell phone. We urge parents to turn their cell phone off or safely stow it in the glove compartment so that there is no temptation to use the phone while driving.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a collision involving an unsafe driver, our Georgia personal injury attorneys at Montlick and Associates are available to provide effective legal representation to those throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

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