The Society for Risk Analysis has published a study showing that women are more likely than men to use their mobile phones while behind the wheel. Virginia residents may want to know about the details of this study as phone use is one of the most prevalent forms of distraction for drivers. While talking on the phone doubles the risk for a car crash, texting and driving increases the risk by sixfold.
The study was a situation-based analysis showing how likely it was for different types of drivers to multitask with their phones. Among those who showed a strong intention to engage in distracted driving, there were four profiles: women drivers, drivers who frequently use their phones to call and text, drivers with a negative attitude toward safety and disinhibited drivers.
According to the researchers, 68 percent of the drivers needed a lot of prodding to be convinced of the hazards of texting and driving. At the same time, researchers found that most drivers adhere to some form of self-regulation, such as texting only when stopped at a light.
However, this is still less safe than pulling over to text. Mobile phone use is expected to increase among drivers the world over. In fact, 18 percent of drivers in high-income countries and 31 percent in low- and middle-income nations already engage in the dangerous practice.
When phone use is to blame for motor vehicle accidents, those who suffer injury through no fault of their own can file a claim against the negligent party's auto insurance company. If successful, they could be reimbursed for vehicle damage, medical bills, lost wages and more. However, they may want a lawyer to handle the negotiations. If the other side refuses to pay out or offers a low settlement, then a victim can discuss litigation with their lawyer.