According to several research studies, most people think that they are better drivers than the average person, regardless of their driving histories. There are many factors that may affect how good a person actually is at driving compared to the average driver, such as age and where a person lives. Drivers in California and New York have been rated as some of the safest ones, despite the reputation of motorists in these states.
Car insurance companies have conducted extensive research on which age groups drive most safely. The accident rate per mile driven is about twice as high for teenagers as it is for any other age group. The group with the lowest accident rate is ages 60-69. Drivers over age 80 are only in about one-third as many accidents as teen drivers.
Statistically, drivers in some states have lower accident-related death rates than those in others. Minnesota, Massachusetts and Rhode Island are tied for lowest death rates per mile driven. South Carolina, Kentucky and Mississippi have some of the highest death rates per mile.
The perception most people have that they are a better driver than the average person may be significant when it comes to insurance claims. A personal injury lawyer may be able to assist those who have been injured in a car accident prove that another driver was liable for the crash. When it is not clear who caused an accident, an attorney may be able to help injured claimants prove their case by gathering evidence from witness statements, police reports, photographs from the scene of the accident, security footage and other evidence related to the crash. For example, an attorney may be able to examine phone records to determine whether or not the other driver was texting and driving when the car accident occurred.