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Are Less Educated Drivers More Likely to Suffer Fatal Car Accidents?

Are Less Educated Drivers More Likely to Suffer Fatal Car Accidents?

Posted By The Dunnion Law Firm || 6-Oct-2015

Recently, a study produced and released by the American Journal of Epidemiology proved that while car accident fatality rates have significantly decreased from 1995 to 2010, socioeconomic differences in car accident mortality rates have gone up over time. In fact, research revealed that the number of educated people who suffer car accident related fatalities has severely declined. Conversely, the amount of fatalities for uneducated people, those without a high school diploma, has increased.

From the study, researchers also concluded the following information:

  • The number of fatal car accidents involving high school graduates fell from about three deaths per 100 million miles driven in 1995 to about 2.4 per 100 million driven miles in 2010.
  • The number of fatal accidents involving college graduates dropped even more.
  • The fatality rate for car accidents involving persons who did not finish high school is extremely higher than those who completed high school.
  • In 2005, about five individuals who did not finish high school died per 100 million travel miles. In 2010, this statistic rose from five to 7.5 people.

What are the Causes of the Increased Fatal Accidents Rates for Uneducated Drivers?

While there is not any clear answer as to why the fatality rate for uneducated drivers is higher than those who are educated, researchers have considered a number of ideas that can be contributing to this. Researchers believe that the average amount of pay for uneducated persons is a contributing factor to this occurrence.

Investigators believe that because less educated drivers are generally paid less than those with a high school or college education, they may not be able to afford newer and safer vehicles. Most of the time, newer vehicles are equipped with a number of successful safety features and various technologies that can keep drivers safe. These newer cars are more expensive than those cheaper or older models that may not include the same luxuries or safety systems, making the cheaper and older models less safe than vehicles that cost more.

Regardless of what the causes are, it is important to remain aware of your surroundings when driving. Car accidents can occur at any moment and have the ability to leave victims severely injured. The personal injury lawyers at The Dunnion Law Firm understand the hardships a car crash can cause a person and their family. That is why we are here to help you.

If you have been involved in a car accident or have any other questions, contact our San Jose personal injury attorneys today. The Dunnion Law Firm serves victims and families throughout California.