This may be hotly contested fact but who do you think is more likely to be distracted while they are driving – women or men? Or do you believe that the rates are likely basically the same? One study may surprise you – it found that women are more likely to be distracted while driving. What does this mean for drivers across the country? Read on to learn more and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you have been injured in a car accident and need legal assistance.
An overview of the study
The study was published as part of an analysis of international driving risks. The results, as mentioned above, found that women are more likely to be distracted while driving compared to men. The study found that not only are they more likely to be distracted, but they are more likely to use their phone while driving.
This can be surprising when car insurance rates are considered. After all, men historically pay more for car insurance than women do, on the grounds that they are more likely to get into a car accident. If this is not the case, then why are they paying more?
A closer look at the study
Before we can draw conclusions from it, it is important to understand how the study was done. In it, researchers looked at how a driver who has negative views of safety laws drives compared to the way a person who feels positively about safety laws drives. It may not be surprising to learn that the more positively a person feels about safety laws, the more likely they are to follow them.
One of the biggest findings from this portion of the study was that nearly 70% of people in the study said that they need more evidence to be convinced that using a cellphone while driving – specifically texting while driving – really increases the chances of being involved in a fatal car accident. This is not even in question at this point because so many studies have proven that it is fact. In fact, talking on the phone while driving – even if a hands-free device is used – makes a person twice as likely to be in an accident and texting makes an accident six times as likely.
There are two situations that are more dangerous than others
Respondents had two situations in which they were less likely to use their phones while driving. First, if they were in busy traffic they said they would be less likely to use a phone. Second, if they saw a member of law enforcement then they were less likely to use their phone.
If you have been in a car accident and want the legal opinion of a personal injury attorney then we suggest you contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000. We can begin with a free legal consultation.