March 29, 2016

Teenagers often get stereotyped as the worst drivers. People assume that they are constantly talking to one another, playing the music too loudly, and texting while they drive.

While all of these things can be true, interviews with some parents have shown that they can be dangerous, as well. Studies have demonstrated that children are incredibly distracting, and driving with them in the car can be as hazardous as texting and driving.

One woman who was interviewed admitted to a whole host of offenses, including the following:

— Driving with her knees– Giving out food and drinks for breakfast in the morning, while driving– Working to break up arguments– Stopping a child who felt carsick from throwing up while in a moving car

The woman admitted that she knew these things were dangerous. In fact, she said that her own cousin had watched a child drop something on the floor and then reached down to try to pick it up. When she did, she was involved in a car accident and was injured so badly that she passed away. The woman admitted that this was eye-opening, but that she still made poor decisions behind the wheel.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety carried out a study and determined that babies were eight times as distracting as passengers who were adults, while children were four times as distracting as adults.

Has a distracted parent caused an accident that injured you or a loved one in Pennsylvania? If so, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries, medical costs, lost wages and more.

Source: Parents, “The Most Dangerous Drivers,” Sarah Mahoney, accessed March 29, 2016