Each year, thousands of serious car accidents occur across the United States. However, Georgia drivers can reduce their chances of getting into a crash by following some basic driving safety tips.
The summer months generally see more accidents on roads in Georgia and throughout the country. This is because there are more vehicles on the road during this time of the year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car and motorcycle accidents are a leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. After a car crash, it is a good idea to seek medical treatment even if an individual feels fine.
Recent data from the Highway Loss Data Institute shows that small and mid-size four-door cars are the most prone to accidents and generate personal injury insurance claims. Georgia drivers may be curious to know what the ranking is like; Forbes made a list of 10 vehicles from 2014 to 2016 model years with the highest number of claims.
According to several studies, including one from AAA's Foundation for Traffic Safety, built-in vehicle infotainment systems and smartphones are making the roadways more dangerous for drivers in Georgia and elsewhere. The problem is that these systems and technology take drivers' attention away from the roads, potentially resulting in serious car accidents.
Georgia truck drivers and trucking companies may be interested to learn that annual Brake Safety Week was scheduled for the week of Sept. 16. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance noted that full Level I inspections of vehicles will take place in addition to focused inspections on each vehicle's brakes.
The Governors Highway Safety Association has released a report on fatal car crash data from 2016, concluding that the percentage of fatally injured drivers found with drugs in their body has risen to 44 percent. This is compared to 26 percent in 2006. Drivers Georgia will want to know more about the report as well as some of the challenges that still face drug testing.
The typical Georgia motorist has probably driven while drowsy at some point in their life. Statistics indicate that 60 percent of U.S. drivers are guilty of driving drowsy at least once, and approximately one-third have actually nodded off while operating a vehicle.
Georgia residents who wear their seat belts may not avoid incurring liver injuries if they are in a motor vehicle accident. However, according to researchers, wearing a seat belt can reduce the severity of liver injuries and impact the expenses and consequences that result.
The Georgia General Assembly passed a distracted driving bill on March 29 that bans the use of cellphones by drivers. Hands-free devices are still permitted under House Bill 673, but the results of a study conducted by researchers at the University of Texas suggests that devices designed to allow drivers to keep their hands on the wheel may be just as dangerous as standard cellphones.
Drivers in Georgia who are interested in the rise of autonomous vehicles may be interested to know that the programming the vehicles are equipped with may make them safety hazards on the road. According to one computer science professor, the programs direct them to drive as humans would, and as a result, the vehicles are prone to making the same driving mistakes as humans.