It is common knowledge that younger drivers tend to be more impulsive and reckless while driving. Adults are also likely to operate a vehicle while impaired or facing significant stress, creating road hazards.
However, several other qualities link drivers that cause car accidents.
1. Personality traits
While crash reports do not always show this data, there are standard links between personality types and crashes. Those who have certain personality traits are more accident-prone than others. That means that when exposed to common road hazards, these individuals are more likely to crash. This data can create a common link between car accidents and drivers.
Generally, these traits include severe conflict, anxiety, stress or mental impairment. Individuals involved in crashes tend to exhibit at least one of these traits.
2. Road rage
Aggression and a lack of sympathy for others can create a unique hazard for drivers. People with these traits can develop road rage. That may cause them to run other drivers off the road or drive more aggressively than the situation demands. It can even cause accidents where drivers purposely go beyond what is necessary to harm other drivers.
3. Distracted driving
Driving while distracted is the most common cause of car crashes. This category goes beyond texting to include talking on the phone, changing the radio, using a GPS, talking to passengers, eating or drinking. Anything that takes a driver’s attention away from the road can cause an accident. The result is often a rear-end collision.
A highway is a dangerous place. Rain, fog, wind and snow can make them even worse. When any of these qualities are also included, drivers are more likely to crash and find themselves in a personal injury case.