The National Safety Council has identified 23 factors in a car crash that police should be able to report on. Unfortunately, a recent NSC study shows that no state allows the police to do this for all 23 factors. Georgia residents should know that these factors are essential to knowing the real reason for a crash.
In Georgia and across the United States, thousands of people die each year because of car wrecks caused by distracted drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, also known as the NHTSA, released statistics showing that 3,166 Americans were killed in car wrecks caused by distracted drivers in 2017. Distracted driving is not only about texting or talking on cellphones while driving.
Car accidents happen every day all over Georgia, and they injure people and cause fatalities. Most of the time, the cause of a wreck can be traced back to an error by one of the drivers involved. Among the most common causes of car wrecks are distracted driving, drunk driving, reckless driving, speeding and dangerous weather conditions.
Thousands of road deaths and injuries could possibly be prevented each year in Georgia if the state replaced traditional intersections with roundabouts, according to several studies. After looking into the safety benefits of roundabouts, the Federal Highway Administration and the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety concluded that serious injuries would be reduced by as much as 75% and fatalities by up to 90% if traditional intersections were replaced with traffic circles.
Georgia residents may be aware that several automakers are currently rushing to bring the first self-driving car to the market. Palo Alto-based Tesla claims that their Autopilot feature already boasts many of the capabilities of a level 5 autonomous vehicle, but this is not the conclusion researchers from Consumer Reports magazine reached after testing several cars equipped with the system.
Most Georgia residents are aware that drowsy driving is a dangerous menace to the roadways. Nevertheless, statistics show that lots of people continue to drive on very little sleep.
A Root Insurance study revealed that most people in Georgia and throughout the country don't like it when other people engage in distracted driving. However, it also discovered that most people admit to using their smartphones while driving. Group chats, looking at social media and watching videos on a phone were listed at the top three distractions by 99% of respondents. On average, those who participated in the survey said that they spent 91 minutes a week on their phone while driving.
Despite the fact that people in Georgia and across the country know that it is dangerous to drive while texting or otherwise distracted, almost 80 percent of Americans continue to report that they chat on the phone while driving. In addition, over 30 percent admit that they have narrowly avoided a car accident due to their own distraction. Further, many drivers are expected to remain in touch with their employers even while behind the wheel.
Georgia motorists may have heard that U.S. traffic fatalities exceeded 40,000 again in 2018, according to a report by the National Safety Council. However, overall motor vehicle crash deaths dropped slightly across the country.
Drivers in Georgia may face an unexpected danger on their morning and afternoon commutes: the loss of visibility created by excessively bright sunlight. While few drivers link sunny days to a dangerous driving situation, the risk of a serious car accident is 16 percent greater in bright sunlight than in average weather conditions. The glare that comes from a rising or setting sun can make drivers uncomfortable; they may squint or even close their eyes to avoid the bright light, leading to risky situations. By keeping the following tips in mind, drivers can help to stay safe in bright sun.