According to a new study by the Society for Risk Analysis, women are more likely to drive distracted than men. Females are just one of four driver groups that researchers determined are more prone to distractions while behind the wheel. Since those who text and drive are six times more like to be involved in car accidents, West Virginia motorists may be interested in the study.
Not surprisingly, researchers found that inexperienced drivers are more likely to get distracted than more experienced motorists. Those most likely to be distracted drivers are female, drivers who are very connected to their smartphones, those who don’t care about safety and those who are very disinhibited.
Drivers are more prone to talking than texting while behind the wheel. However, any kind of phone usage is unsafe while driving. In fact, about a quarter of all car accidents can be linked to phone distraction. Many states ban phone usage while driving, but people often disregard the law. However, most drivers do give safety some consideration. For example, they may not use their phones in heavy traffic. Ultimately, safety advocates say the best decision is to stop to make a call.
West Virginians injured in car accidents caused by negligent drivers may be eligible for compensation through personal injury claims. They may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney about their eligibility and what a claim entails. Insurance claims can be difficult since liability insurers often try to limit settlement amounts. An attorney may be able to handle the claim for a client.