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Crying children are a distraction in the car

Distracted driving conversations often focus on things like talking to friends, texting and driving, browsing social media, taking pictures while driving and listening to the radio. These are all major areas of distraction, especially as more and more drivers have smartphones with access to thousands of functions.

However, it's important to remember that distraction takes different forms for different drivers, and some of it is very hard to avoid. For instance, for parents, one of the greatest distractions they face is just having their kids in the car.

If you've ever tried to drive with a crying baby, you know how difficult it is to pay attention to the road. Your hearing becomes impaired. Your mind is evolutionarily developed to want to respond to the baby, so it's hard to ignore the sound. You may try to drive too fast, hoping to get home sooner. You may look back to talk to the child or reach back to soothe him or her -- or to pass over snacks, drinks, toys or anything else you can think of to get them to calm down.

That's a natural reaction, but it's risky. One woman said that her husband reached into the back seat, where their son was, and caused a rear-end accident as he did it. It would be all too easy for drivers to drift out the lane, not see traffic signals, drive off of the shoulder or make all sorts of other mistakes.

Unfortunately, parents must drive with their children and this risk will continue. If you get injured in an accident with one of these drivers, you may deserve financial compensation.

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