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New Moms, Are You Putting Your Child at Risk?

Are you a safe driver?

A recent survey of new moms has found that although most mothers believe they are good drivers, they the majority of new moms engage in behaviors that may put their children at risk of serious injury in a Cedar Rapids car accident.

The child-protection advocacy group Safe Kids Worldwide and American Baby magazine surveyed 2,396 mothers with children under the age of two. Although almost two-thirds of mothers said they had become more cautious drivers since giving birth, most of the mothers had engaged in risky driving behaviors.

  • New moms are driving drowsy. The mothers in the study averaged 5 hours and 20 minutes of sleep per night.
  • Seventy-eight percent of the mothers admitted to talking on the phone while driving with their babies.
  • Fifty-five percent of moms admitted to driving above the speed limit with their baby in the car.
  • Twenty-six percent of mothers said they had texted or checked their email while driving with children.
  • Sixty-seven percent of mothers had turned around to deal with a child in the back seat while driving.
  • Ten percent of mothers had been in an accident with their children.

One out of every ten new mothers had been in an accident with her child. This is an accident rate that is three times higher than the rate for the general population and very close to the accident rate for teenagers.

You pick the safest car seat, but your own driving behavior could be putting your child at risk. Distracted driving plays a role in 80 percent of car accidents. These tips from our Cedar Rapids car crash attorneys can help keep you and your children safe.

  • All moms multi-task. Stop multi-tasking when you’re driving and give the road your full attention. You can multi-task when it’s appropriate—and it’s not appropriate when you’re engaged in a high-risk job such as driving.
  • Turn off your phone and put it away when you are in the car. If you put your phone in the back seat, you won’t be tempted to check it.
  • Moms can’t always get enough sleep. Avoid driving when you are having an especially tiring day.
  • Keep your eyes on the road. If your child needs attention, don’t turn around. It’s okay for your child to cry while you look for a safe place to pull over.
  • Always buckle up. Make sure your child is in an age-appropriate car seat.
Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham
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