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Who is most likely to drive while distracted?

California readers know that distracted driving is a serious issue, and it is a direct threat to the health and well-being of every individual on the roads. Even one moment of distraction can lead to serious consequences, yet despite the clear dangers of this behavior, many people continue to drive while distracted.

According to the National Highway Safety Administration, distraction is the cause of approximately 12 percent of all accidents around the world. Interestingly, there are some people who may be more prone to distraction than others. If you were hurt in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you have the right to seek financial compensation for your losses.

Understanding more about the problem

Researchers continue to study the problem of distraction, and there are some personalities more likely to allow distraction to affect their decision-making while behind the wheel. A recent study looked at the driving habits of teens, and it drew a few noteworthy conclusions based on the results, including the following:

  • This study found that young men are more likely to drive while distracted, possibly due to phone use, adjusting the radio or because of a talking passenger.
  • Distraction is more likely among drivers who are frequently behind the wheel of a car, those who have extroverted personalities and those who have neurotic tendencies.
  • People who believe that they can control their behavior may be more likely to drive while distracted.

The study went on to delve into the reasons why someone might look at his or her phone, even if the danger of doing it was abundantly clear. Regardless of why a person chose to engage in negligent behavior while operating a vehicle, he or she is still responsible for the consequences of that decision. It is possible that a victim could move forward with a civil claim against a distracted driver for damages and appropriate compensation.

Your right to recovery

If you are the victim of a driver who was exhibiting negligent or reckless behaviors while behind the wheel, you have the right to take action. You may have grounds to move forward with a personal injury claim, but a good place to start is to simply seek a complete evaluation of your case.

Distracted driving is a widespread problem, but that does not mean that you must suffer the consequences of this behavior in silence. You have the right to speak up and take whatever steps necessary to protect your interests.

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