In the United States, distracted driving is a leading cause of vehicle accidents and fatalities. Motorists in all demographics fail to see the hazards of multi-tasking while driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving causes over 8,000 auto accidents each day. These accidents can be the result of alcohol, texting, fatigue, drugs, talking on the phone, reading, putting on makeup, eating, or watching a sunset. Other passengers in the vehicle can also cause accidents.
New parents are at a high risk for distracted driving because of their children in the backseat.
“Turning around to talk to children in the backseat is the number one cause of distracted driving for parents,” Mike Wyatt says, auto accident attorney. “Busy parents who assist their children with food and drinks while driving is also a major safety hazard. It can have serious consequences that result in severe injury and even death.”
The combination of busy schedules and the needs of young children cause many new parents to drive distracted. Multi-tasking behind the wheel becomes even more common as parents must run daily errands with kids in tow. Instead of keeping their eyes on the road, busy parents look for lost toys and Binkys, hand out snacks, put on CDs and DVDs, text, and talk on the phone. Another factor that plays a role in distracted driving is that parents are fatigued from lack of sleep.
“New mothers on average only get 5 hours and 20 minutes of sleep per night. They also drive on average 150 miles per week,” explains Mike. “Studies have shown that new parents who drive distracted are 3 times more likely to be involved in an auto accident. They need to be more organized behind the wheel, take a deep breath, and concentrate on the road for the safety of both themselves and their children.”
If you have been the victim of a distracted driver, please call Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley today for a consultation. Our auto accident attorneys are honored to serve you!