Should You Let Your Kids Ride in Their Grandparents Car?Older drivers may have more trouble seeing, they may be more apt to suffer a medical emergency while driving, and they may have slower reflexes than younger drivers. However, your children may be safer driving with your parents than they are in your own car.
According a recent study at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, kids are twice as safe in their grandparents' car as they are in vehicles driven by their own parents. The study's conclusion is exactly the opposite of what researchers predicted it to be. The researchers believed that since older drivers get into more accidents than younger drivers children would have a greater risk of injury in their grandparents' car. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics looked at car accidents involving 217,976 children from 15 states between 2003 - 2007.
Why Are Children Safer Riding With Their Grandparents?
The study did not investigate why children may be safer with their grandparents than with their parents. However, researchers speculate that grandparents may be more careful with their grandkids in the car and that grandparents may be in less of a hurry than parents.
Is the News All Good?
The study did reveal one area of concern for grandparent drivers, however. According to the study, grandparents are less likely to properly restrain children in the required car seats. To learn more about proper restraints, please share our FREE report, Our Most Precious Cargo, with anyone who drives with your child.
When to Contact Atlanta Car Accident lawyers
Experienced auto accident attorneys in Atlanta know that you don't want to sue your parents or your children's grandparents. However, we also know the terrible financial toll that your child's injuries can cause for your family.
Accordingly, we encourage you to contact an Atlanta auto accident attorney as soon as possible after your child is injured in a crash with his or her grandparents. We can discuss your options with you. If the accident was not the fault of your child's grandparents, we can help you recover from the responsible party. If it was the grandparent who caused the crash, then we may be able to help you negotiate a settlement with the insurance company while keeping your relationship unscathed.
For more information, please contact an Atlanta accident lawyer today at 1.770.518.1133.