Many accidents happen as a result of defects, negligence and accidental circumstances. While this is true in most car accidents, some factors increase the chances of accidents on the road. These factors are characteristics or personality traits of the driver. These may increase the possibility of an accident or those likely to be distracted while driving. This makes them accident prone. This article will discuss some characteristics of drivers that are more likely to get involved in car accidents.
Accident Prone Driver Characteristics
While many factors may increase the risk of an accident, they are not the only reason why injuries happen. The driver’s attitude, emotions, mental health and passengers’ actions play a vital role in the events leading to an accident. Some of these features or factors include the following:
- Age: Youths – it has been noted that youths tend to cause more accidents than most other age groups. When referring to youths this includes teens and those who have become adult teens. Statistics show that teenage drivers are those between the ages of 16 and 19 years. They are three times more likely to be in a fatal accident than those over 20 years of age. Additional statistics show that the leading cause of death for youths in the United States is automotive accidents. Due to youth and peer pressure, many teenage drivers combine drinking and driving posing a risk for this age group. Another common behavior with teenagers is speeding. When drivers speed, they are more likely to be involved in an accident and often these are serious accidents.
- Age: The Elderly – Elderly drivers are statistically more likely to be at risk of being involved in a car accident than other demographic groups. In this case aging affects hearing, vision and it slows down reaction times. In addition, aging causes memory problems that can interfere with safe driving.