How Kids Cause Distracted Driving in Virginia Beach
When we think about distracted driving, cell phones come to mind. However, there are many more obscure forms of distraction that impact road safety. Recently, I was reminded how kids cause distracted driving in Virginia Beach.
Recently I was driving my child to a doctor’s appointment at the Landstown CHKD Urgent Care in Virginia Beach. We got onto I-264 just as rush hour was starting. Traffic was stop-and-go near the Witchduck Rd. exit due to an accident. Cars were merging back and forth between lanes trying to get into the fastest lane. Virginia Beach is an intimidating place to drive at rush hour and this was no exception.
The safety cushion I left between the front of my car and the rear of the car in front of me kept disappearing as cars moved between lanes. It took 100 percent of my attention to assess the risks in front of me and react appropriately.
However, it was just as traffic started to slow that my child, sitting in his car seat, wanted my undivided attention. He asked me to turn around to look at something he was doing. He asked me to turn around and pick up a toy he dropped on the floor. He asked me to adjust his seat belt. And when he ran out of requests, he would start the cycle over.
I kept my eyes on the road. However, parents are easily distracted by children and kids cause distracted driving in Virginia Beach more often than many of us imagine.
It’s is not an uncommon occurrence for people with young children to be distracted. One false move in Hampton Roads rush hour traffic could have serious consequences. It is not only important to think about potential distractions before getting into your vehicle, but also to develop a plan as to how you will deal with potential distractions. It is often too late to come up with a plan when a split second decision needs to be made on the road.
In my case, the safe choice was to ignore my child’s requests from the back seat. In the event of a true emergency, I would have pulled off to the side of the road as soon as I could safely do so. This plan ensures that I do my part in keeping my family and other drivers safe.
Distracted driving is not just a problem in the United States. It’s an epidemic. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states distracted driving claimed 3,477 lives on our highways in 2015. A further 391,000 people were injured.
Distracted driving is so dangerous some forms of distracted driving are illegal. You are not permitted to text and drive in Virginia. However, kids cause distracted driving in Virginia beach in a less obvious way. They may be talking or misbehaving in the back seat. They may be using distracting toys.
If you are on a long road trip, consider giving kids a non-distracting game or book which does not make loud noises. If a child needs attention, pull over or get a non-driving passenger to help out.
Taking your eyes off the road for a split second can have very serious consequences. You can veer into another lane or fail to see a vehicle or another obstacle ahead of you.
On our website, we list some of the leading causes of distracted driving. They include grooming at the wheel, talking to a passenger, eating, and adjusting the car radio. These distractions have been around for decades. The increased sophistication of mobile devices is blamed on the massive increase in these kinds of accidents in recent years.
If you have been injured in Virginia Beach by a distracted driver, you may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit. Please call us today at (757) 455-0077.