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Children are a distracting hazard in the car

On Behalf of | Oct 18, 2022 | Car Accidents

Parents who are driving their children around probably already know how distracting children can be. These parents must ensure they’re not allowing the distraction to overtake them because a distracted driver can cause catastrophic crashes. 

There are many things parents can do to enhance their safety. Making sure the kids know the ground rules and how to behave in the vehicle is one of the most important. They should be buckled in and remain calm throughout the trip so you can focus on driving. Having another adult with you is also a good idea so they can help with the children.

Always look forward

Drivers must keep their eyes on the road. You can’t allow yourself to be distracted by anything, including your children. Remain focused on driving. Looking in the mirror to see the children instead of trying to turn around may be beneficial. 

Find a safe spot to stop

If you can’t tend to what your child needs while keeping your attention on the road, you need to find a safe place to pull over. Make sure you have somewhere safe to stop so you don’t end up being hit while you’re taking care of your child. 

Other drivers might notice that a driver seems distracted and try to avoid that vehicle, but a crash may still occur. People who are injured in a crash caused by a distracted driver may opt to pursue a compensation claim. This can help them to recover the money they spent on expenses related to the wreck. Virginia law limits how long victims have to get their claims filed, so be sure you don’t waste time.