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Kids are 12 times as distracting as cellphones

Cellphones are very distracting to drivers, and even talking on a phone—never mind texting and driving—can increase the odds of an accident. However, according to some studies, children are 12 times as distracting as a conversation on a mobile phone.

The study was done at the Monash University Accident Research Center. It was fairly simple; they just put cameras in cars and then reviewed the footage.

What they found was that phones, while distracting, where a mere one percent of the total distractions that drivers faced. Kids came in at 12 percent.

If looking at it that way makes it hard to put into real-world terms, consider this: If a trip was an average length of 16 minutes, parents who had kids in the car with them were looking at something that was not the road for around three minutes and 22 seconds.

Experts warn that almost everything a driver does requires him or her to observe what traffic is doing around the vehicle. Even simple actions like merging onto a highway or turning through a stoplight can become deadly if a driver does not know where other vehicles are and what they're doing. Any time spent interacting with children and not looking at the road increases the chances that an accident will occur.

Have you been injured in an accident with a driver who was distracted at the time of the crash, perhaps by children who were in the vehicle? If so, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries and costs in Illinois, and it's wise to look into all of your options.

Source: Medical Daily, "Kids In Cars 12 Times More Distracting For Drivers Than Talking On Cell Phones," Chris Weller, accessed Dec. 31, 2015

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