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Child Passengers Cause Dangerous Distractions

Child Passengers Cause Dangerous Distractions

An Indianapolis Car Accident Attorney Can Help You Get The Compensation You Deserve

A 2013 study performed by Monash University discovered that child passengers are 12 times more distracting than talking on a cell phone. Cell phones cause 26 percent of all accidents, according to the National Safety Council, so considering that talking on a cell phone increases the chances of a driver crashing by 1.3 times, the fact that children increase those chances by 12 times is very troubling. If you have been injured in a crash by a distracted driver, you may be able to receive compensation. Contact an experienced car accident attorney today for more information.

Details of the Monash University Study

Researchers conducted their study by outfitting the vehicles of 12 separate families that had children with recording devices. The families unknowingly went about their normal driving habits for the next three weeks while the cameras recorded such behaviors as the amount of time that the parents’ eyes were off the road and in the back seat. What the researchers at Monash found was that on the average 16 minute trip, parents spent 20 percent, or three minutes and 22 seconds, with their eyes off the road and either on their child or looking in the rearview mirror at their child. With such a massive amount of time without looking at the road, this opens up the opportunity for veering off the road, hitting an oncoming car in the opposite lane, hitting a pedestrian or cyclist, or running into the back or side of another vehicle. Other dangerous driving behaviors were taken into account as well, such as assisting the child, engaging in conversation, and playing with the child. One way that distraction can be lessened is to securely and safely restrain child passengers in their seats. In 70 percent of trips taken by the various families, researchers noted that the children were loosely or improperly restrained in their seats, which not only jeopardizes their safety in a collision, but also creates the opportunity for driver distraction.

Have You Been Injured in a Car Accident by a Distracted Driver?

If you have been injured by a careless, distracted, or reckless driver, contact an experienced Indianapolis, Indiana, car accident attorney today at the law offices of Holland & Holland at (317) 581-4400.

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