Car accidents occur in Pennsylvania each day. Is there a link between gender and who is responsible for causing more car accidents? The answer may be surprising.
According to the Safety Resource Center, men cause more car accidents than women. The Safety Resource Center reports that men are responsible for more drunk driving incidents and traffic violations than women. However, they also say that men drive, on average, about 30% more miles per year than women do. Once you factor in the increased driving for men, the difference between men and women causing car accidents is slight.
Differences in car accidents for certain characteristics
Gender isn’t the only thing that the Safety Resource Center reported on in terms of who causes more car accidents. In addition to gender, there are also differences in the occurrences of car accidents based on age. For example, teens are more likely to cause accidents than seniors. The report states that chronic distractions like cell phones and others in the vehicle may contribute to a higher rate of accidents among young people. Inexperience on the road can also contribute to the high number of accidents in the youngest age group. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that drivers ages 16-19 are three times more likely to crash their vehicle than drivers ages 20 and older.
Your rights after a car accident
Regardless of who is responsible for a car accident, the injury victim has rights. In Pennsylvania, an individual who qualifies under the law may claim financial compensation for their injuries. An attorney can help you understand how you may exercise your rights if you are injured in a car accident.