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Study: half of parents talk on phone with their kids in the car

There is nothing and no one more important to a parent than their child - unless, perhaps, it's their phone. According to new research, about half of parents of children ages 4 to 10 talked on their phone while driving with their children in the vehicle. The study also found that about one in three parents reads text messages with kids in the car and approximately one in seven uses social media.

It should go without saying that these activities are dangerous and far too often result in motor vehicle wrecks and injuries.

The study's lead author is Catherine McDonald, assistant professor of nursing and senior fellow with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Injury Research and Prevention. She says, "The results from this research reinforce that risky driving behaviors rarely occur in isolation, and lay the groundwork for interventions and education specifically aimed at parents who drive with young children in their cars."

The study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that parents who use their phones to text or talk often engage in other risky driving behaviors, including not wearing a seat belt and driving under the influence of alcohol whether or not kids were passengers in the vehicle.

Previous research has established beyond any doubt that people who use their phones while behind the wheel significantly increase the risks to themselves, their passengers and other motorists.

For those who have been injured by a distracted or impaired driver, a conversation with an attorney experienced in personal injury litigation can help make clear the available legal options.


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