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New mothers' driving not as safe as they report

Being a mother to a baby is difficult. There are late nights, early mornings, dirty diapers, laundry and many more exhausting aspects of parenting. Traveling with a baby is one of those feats since getting the baby in the car, packing all of her necessary items and driving while she might be screaming in the backseat is no joyride.

According to a study, not only is driving with a baby in the car not a joyride for all, but the ride also might not be as safe as it should be. Researchers surveyed a group of new mothers about their driving habits and found some disturbing news: new mothers engage in risky driving behaviors with their babies in the car.

The study indicates that though most of the surveyed moms claim that they have become more careful drivers since having their babies, their actions don't reflect that claim. More than three-quarters of the moms admit to talking on the phone while driving with their babies in the car. More than one-quarter of the subjects admit to texting and driving.

A particularly telling statistic regarding this traffic safety matter is that about 10 percent of the moms surveyed had been in a car accident with their babies in the car. That is a significantly higher rate of crashes compared to the general population of drivers.

This research provides food for thought. Some moms will buy the most expensive car seats and check meticulously that it is buckled in correctly, but who are they protecting their babies from? Accident prevention starts behind the wheel of each individual's vehicle. As important as buckling a child in properly is putting down the cell phone.

Our Alabama law firm helps those who have been injured because someone has been texting while driving and caused an accident. Distracted drivers, whether they are teenagers, new moms or new dads, need to learn that nothing is more important while driving than public safety.

Source: Sheboygan Press, "New moms confess to distracted driving," Larry Copeland, Jan. 22, 2013

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