According to the National Safety Council, authorities in Pennsylvania and throughout the country may not be collecting enough crash data. The council found that not a single state has any system to record driver fatigue after a crash occurs. It also discovered that not all states keep track of whether a driver was texting or using a hands-free device when a wreck happens.
Pennsylvania motorists should know that one of the most common reasons for traffic crashes in the United States is distracted driving. Common distractions include eating food, using a cellphone or drinking from a bottle while behind the wheel. It is important to keep in mind that only a few seconds of distracted driving are needed to cause an accident on the road.
Fourth of July celebrations lead to many cases of drunk driving in Pennsylvania. Independence Day is, in fact, the worst holiday for drunk driving fatalities according to data from NHTSA's Fatality Analysis Reporting System. The DUI fatality rate comes to 42.4 people per day while the second deadliest holiday, Memorial Day, has a rate of 39.5. The winter holidays have lower rates with Thanksgiving at 27.9 and Christmas at 27.7.
While it is true that advanced driver assistance systems can help prevent accidents, they cannot do so unless the driver is fully engaged in driving. Unfortunately, many seem to think that ADAS make a car virtually self-driving when this is not the case. This misunderstanding, which can be seen in Pennsylvania and across the U.S., was the subject of a study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Pennsylvania residents who pursue civil remedies after being injured in a car accident normally base their lawsuits on negligence. Negligence is a tort motorists commit when they fail to take reasonable care and another person is harmed as a direct consequence of their actions. This means that car accident victims hoping to prevail in court must prove that the defendant owed them a duty of care that went unmet. They must then convince a jury that their injuries would not have been suffered had this not happened.
Each year, there are thousands of fatal car accidents in Pennsylvania and across the United States. In fact, there were 34,247 deadly crashes that resulted in 37,133 deaths nationwide in 2017, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In order to protect themselves and their families on the road, many car buyers are shopping for new vehicles that have more safety features. However, statistics show that not all new vehicles perform well during accidents.
An online study from Wakefield Research shows that many drivers are using their phones even when they know it is wrong. Pennsylvania residents may have heard the results of this study because it was recently shared by Root Insurance, a company that offers incentives to drivers who avoid phone use.
A new study finds that drivers in Pittsburgh and across the U.S. frequently use their cellphones while behind the wheel, but they don't like it when other drivers engage in the same distracting activity. The study was funded by Root Insurance and conducted by Wakefield Research.
According to federal statistics, approximately 20 percent of car accidents in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. are caused by drowsy driving. In order to raise awareness about the issue, Ford Motor Co. invited young drivers to try a "Sleep Suit" that simulates the impact of sleep deprivation on the brain.
Daylight saving time changes can leave many drivers in Pennsylvania feeling drowsy. This is why the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recommends that drivers adjust their sleeping schedules beforehand. It is well-known that everyone should rest for at least seven hours every night. Skipping one to two hours of that recommended time within a 24-hour period can nearly double one's risk for a car crash, according to AAA.