Cape Coral Injury Lawyers: Are New Moms Risky Drivers?

by Carmen Dellutri on February 12, 2013

Sarasota accident lawyerNew moms have a lot on their plate. Therefore, it is understandable that they may be more tired or distracted, as compared to other drivers on the road.

However, a recent survey suggests that new moms may be putting themselves and others in danger with their risky driving. In fact, a recent survey by Safe Kids Worldwide and American Baby magazine reveals that the driving behavior of new mothers is on par with that of teenage drivers.

As Cape Coral injury attorneys, we certainly do not want to point fingers, as all drivers are capable of distracted driving. However, raising awareness of this trend could help save the lives of a few moms and their children.

As USA Today reports, 63 percent of new moms surveyed stated that they are more cautious driving since giving birth. However, that is often not reflected in their behavior behind the wheel. Below are a few key findings:

  • Of those surveyed, 78 percent of mothers with children under age 2 acknowledge talking on the phone while driving with their babies.
  • In addition, 26 percent say they text or check their e-mail.
  • Nearly two-thirds of mom surveyed report that they've turned around to deal with their baby in the back seat while driving.
  • Almost ten percent of the moms had been in a crash with their children in the vehicle.

“Everyone wants to think they're a good driver, especially when they're a mom," says Laura Kalehoff, executive editor of American Baby. "You pick out the safest car seat, the safest crib, and you want to feel like you're making the right choices. They thought they were being better drivers, while their behavior showed otherwise."

With this in mind, parents are advised to leave their phones in the back seat while driving and pull over and stop if they need to deal with a child.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Cape Coral accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Cape Coral injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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