A new study has revealed a shocking fact: 50 percent of parents are using cell phones while they are driving with their young children in the car. We have all heard about the dangers of distracted drivers, but many think an accident will never happen to them. Unfortunately, car accidents can and do happen, and children can be seriously injured.
In addition to cell phone calls, according to the study, other sources of parental distractions included reading text messages (33.7 percent), sending text messages (26.7 percent), and using social media (13.7 percent) – all while driving young children. There are approximately 421,000 Americans injured every year because of distracted driving. One out of every four accidents in the United States is caused by texting while driving. The simple act of dialing a phone number can more than double a driver’s risk for a car accident.
Children themselves are often the cause of distracted driving – they are 12 times more likely to be the source of distracted driving than a cell phone. Therefore, when cell phone use is added into the mix, it can be a deadly combination. Turning to look at a child in the back seat, talking to a child, and helping a child with food or drink were all top causes of distracted driving, according to a separate study.
It is time for drivers to put down their phones the moment they take the wheel rather than placing others on the road, including children, at such a high risk of an accident. More than 37,000 people are fatally injured in car crashes every year, and many of those deaths can be attributed to distracted driving – which means that many deaths are preventable.
If you have been injured in a car accident, call the New Jersey car accident lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP at 732-777-0100. You can also contact us online. We will provide the knowledgeable guidance you need to recover the compensation you deserve. Our offices are conveniently located in in Edison, Red Bank, and Toms River, and we represent clients throughout the state of New Jersey.