Avoiding an Accident with Your Children Distracting You
Driving with kids can be as dangerous as drinking and driving. Distracted driving has been shown to be just as dangerous as driving under the influence, and there really isn’t much that’s more distracting than kids. During the course of a short car ride, you might have to referee multiple fights between your kids, to dodge flying objects, to think through sheer screaming, or to answer non-stop questions like “Are we there yet?” or “Can I have a toy?”
Before you get into a serious accident and are dealing with a Mesa personal injury lawsuit, try these tips for dealing with children distracting you so that you can avoid an accident:
Kids are snack holes. They constantly need to eat. But if you can, you should plan to eat when you are not in the car. Give kids snacks before or after your car ride, not during. Otherwise, you are going to have a hard time keeping your eyes on the road and your hand on the wheel while you are handing back snacks.
Even if you hand out the snacks before you get going, you are likely to have a problem. Someone may spill their drink, or someone may need help with a package. Or your kids might fight over the snacks. Just avoid dealing with food in the car at all as much as possible. Doing so can help you avoid a collision, and thus avoiding the need for a car accident attorney in Mesa.
A lot of distractions from kids are about responding to their demands. The baby dropped the pacifier, and now you have to fish around behind your seat to find it. Your toddler dropped his juice box, and now he’s screaming while you’re stretching to reach it.
You can avoid some of these problems by planning ahead. Attach a strap to the baby’s pacifier and clip it to his shirt. Avoid drinks and snacks in the car. Put small toys in a bin ride next to your toddler’s car seat. Use whatever solutions work best for the particular problem or need at hand.
Minimize Other Distractions
Kids are enough to take your attention off any task. You don’t need to add other competition for your attention, such as the text messages that your husband keeps sending or the radio program that is talking about some controversial issue that has your blood boiling.
Minimize other distractions when your kids are in the car. You just don’t have the bandwidth to pay attention to them and the cell phone and the radio and the road. Otherwise, an accident can occur, and you’ll need to speak with a Mesa rear end accident lawyer or another qualified accident attorney to help when you’ve been injured because of the uncontrollable distractions in your vehicle.
Pull Over or Wait
When your kids are arguing and they just won’t stop, yelling at them isn’t going to do anything. Eventually, you have to turn around and deal with the situation. But trying to talk to them or physically intervene while you’re driving is not the solution. You need to pull to the side of the road so you can deal with the situation properly. Ditto for finding the lost juice box, helping with a toy, or any other issue.
Know that you can also make them wait. You don’t have to solve every crisis in the moment (because it’s usually not really a crisis). You can let them know that you will deal with it when you get home or to your destination.
Kids can be relentless in the amount of noise they make and the demands they make, and that can make it very hard for you to focus on the road and to drive safely, thus making you less aware of the other dangers on the road. Even if you follow all of these tips, someone else’s recklessness could cause an accident anyways, giving you the need for a qualified car accident lawyer in Mesa who can help you seek compensation.
If you have been in an accident involving children, it may be that the other driver was distracted. Contact one of our personal injury attorneys in Mesa about your rights and responsibilities. If the accident was due to the other driver’s negligence (or distraction), you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. If you were the driver whose distraction caused the accident, you still need to talk with one of our Mesa auto accident injury attorneys. You will need an attorney to protect you from huge claims. Call Mesa Injury Lawyers today to schedule a consultation with an injury attorney and learn more about your legal options.