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The people most responsible for car accidents

When it comes to car accidents, you know that anyone can cause them. The trouble is that certain demographics are more likely to cause an accident. For instance, younger adults and new drivers are likely to cause accidents; that means areas around schools or universities could be prone to more crashes.

The first couple years of driving is dangerous for teens and others, since this is when drivers are most likely to crash. For those between 16 and 19, the risk of an accident is three times higher than for those over 20, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Fortunately, things can change with regard to this danger. All 50 states have begun to adopt or have adopted graduated drivers licensing programs. These programs teach teens and others learning to drive how to drive while also limiting their driving times. Other programs are also being used, like Distraction.gov, which is a governmental program that draws attention to the dangers of using your cellphone, being aggressive when driving, or failing to wear a seat belt.

Young drivers aren't the only danger on the roads. Men are actually more likely to be involved in accidents and are known to be more likely to get a DUI or traffic violation. Women can cause these accidents as well, but it's less likely. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, 4.4 million accidents are caused by women each year, while 6.1 million are caused by men.

In any case, when someone is involved in an accident, that person is liable for the damage they've caused the victim. If you've been hit, then it's your right to make a claim against that driver.

Source: Traffic Safety Store, "Who Causes Car Accidents? The Data Will Surprise You.," accessed Jan. 13, 2016

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