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The problem with overconfidence behind the wheel

As a general rule, motorists in West Virginia and throughout the country feel as if they are good drivers. In fact, Americans tend to be even more confident about their abilities than those in other countries. One study found that about 90 percent of Americans thought that they were above average in terms of driving safely. The same study found that a little more than 75 percent of Swedes felt the same way.

Being too confident behind the wheel could lead to dangerous decisions that increase a person's chances of getting into a serious accident. Compared to the Americans, the Swedes have roughly half as many traffic fatalities. There are many other variables that determine whether a person may be in a fatal accident. For instance, South Carolina sees more fatalities per mile driven than New York despite the reputation that drivers in the latter state have developed.

The age of a driver can also play a role as to whether that person is a safe driver. Research indicates that drivers between the ages of 60 and 69 are the safest age group in the country. Drivers who are 16 have six times as many deaths per mile driven compared to those in their 60s despite driving less. Males account for two-thirds of accidents caused by teenage drivers.

Those who are involved in a car crash may experience injuries that could erode their quality of life. For some, it may not be possible to go back to work again. In some cases, accident victims may need constant care for the rest of their lives. If the accident was caused by another driver's negligence, an attorney could assist in seeking appropriate compensation.

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