The Society for Risk Analysis has conducted a situation-based analysis of drivers and distracted behavior. The results allowed researchers to uncover four profiles of drivers who are most strongly inclined to use their phones while behind the wheel. California residents will want to know what these profiles are because they can help target distracted driving campaigns.
The first group consisted of women drivers, who were more likely than men to use their mobile phones while on the road. This was followed by drivers who call and text frequently, drivers who have negative attitudes toward safety and drivers with little inhibitions. Talking on the phone doubles the chances of an accident while texting raises that risk by six times. Despite these figures, 68 percent of the participants said they do not believe texting while driving is dangerous.
Researchers observed that drivers called more than they texted. Drivers also showed a certain degree of self-regulation, avoiding phone use when in heavy traffic, stopped at lights and in the presence of law enforcement officials. Drivers that are more experienced are less likely to engage in distracting behavior.
The study found that in high-income countries, as many as 18 percent of drivers use their mobile phones behind the wheel. This is compared to 31 percent in low- and middle-income countries. Drivers with fewer inhibitions were also likelier to be distracted.
Distracted driving is a form of negligence, so if it’s the cause of a car crash, the victim could have the grounds for a claim. Under the law of comparative negligence, a victim could sue for a percentage of the total losses if he or she were partially to blame. It can take a lawyer to determine a fair amount and negotiate for it, so hiring one is important. An attorney could bring in professionals to gather proof, such as phone records.