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Study shows women more likely to be distracted drivers

Talking on the phone while driving can double the risk for an accident, and texting while driving will increase that risk by six times. Drivers in Louisiana are probably aware that distracted driving is becoming a major issue; they themselves may engage in it. Unfortunately, many people are not aware that phone use behind the wheel is dangerous.

The Society for Risk Analysis conducted a study of driver behaviors and were able to profile those drivers who were strongly inclined to drive distracted into four groups: drivers who are female, drivers who frequently use their phone for calling and texting, drivers with a negative view of road safety and uninhibited drivers. Regarding the first profile, researchers found that women are more likely to men to engage in distracted driving.

In addition, less experienced drivers were more likely to engage in distracted behaviors. Researchers noted that the majority of drivers had some form of self-regulation: They would avoid phone use when in heavy traffic or in the presence of law enforcement officials, or they would use their phone when stopped at a light.

Drivers engaged in calling more than texting, most likely because of the latter's visual demands. Approximately 68 percent of the study's participants claimed that it would be hard to convince them of the dangers of texting and driving.

Those who are hurt in a car accident may file a claim against the negligent driver's auto insurance company. A successful claim might cover medical expenses, vehicle repair costs, lost income and pain and suffering, among other things, but every step will require legal assistance. A lawyer might have the crash investigated and gather proof, like the police report and eyewitness testimony. The lawyer may be able to negotiate on the victim's behalf for an informal settlement, litigating if the insurers refuse to pay.

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