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Is it dangerous to drive with kids in the car?

On Behalf of | Feb 3, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

For parents in Pennsylvania, driving with kids in the car seems like an inevitability. While you might not have any other choice, that doesn’t make it any less dangerous. Studies have shown that driving with children in the car increases your risk of getting into a car accident.

Why are child passengers so dangerous?

Studies have shown that driving with passengers of any age can increase your risk of auto accidents. However, adults are less likely to distract you than children. If you have kids in the car, they could distract you by yelling, arguing, crying, dropping toys or demanding to be fed. Glancing away from the road for even a second could lead to a serious accident.

In 2014, nearly 70% of the parents in a research study admitted to interacting with their child while they were driving. Statistics have shown that drivers can be up to twice as likely to crash their vehicle if they have children in the car. The risk increases with young children although older children are more likely to cause accidents at intersections. Overall, this data reveals that it’s best to avoid driving with your children as much as possible. Otherwise, you might be making a call to a car accident attorney.

What if you’re the victim of a car accident?

A car accident doesn’t have to involve two cars colliding on the highway. It could also involve hit-and-runs, bicyclist accidents, motorcycle wrecks and accidents involving pedestrians. One party might walk away uninjured, but you could end up sustaining severe injuries.

Whether the other driver was speeding, using a cellphone, fighting with their kids, daydreaming or simply not paying attention, they’re responsible for causing your injuries. An attorney may help you hold the other driver accountable for their negligence.