Drunk driving poses a serious hazard to roadway safety in Pennsylvania and across the country. Despite enforcement crackdowns and widespread awareness campaigns, DUIs continue to be the leading cause of death linked to motor vehicles, and thousands more are injured each year. Many are looking for technological solutions that can make it easier to prevent accidents caused by driving under the influence. One option is an ignition interlock device, a sort of breathalyzer for the car. This technology, which is mandated for some DUI offenders, requires drivers to test clean before they can start their cars.
Pennsylvania residents would be right to think that hands-free phone use is safer for drivers than handheld phone use. In fact, most states ban the latter for all drivers. However, one study has shown that hands-free phone use has the unintended effect of opening drivers up to other distracting behavior.
Television shows and commercials routinely show people driving in an unsafe manner. However, the truth is that doing so in real life could cause harm to drivers, passengers and pedestrians in Pennsylvania and throughout the country. According to the 2007 Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS), large trucks were to blame in 44% of the 963 accident cases researchers analyzed. One of the main causes of accidents involving large trucks was driving too fast for road conditions.
There are many dangers on Pennsylvania roadways, and drivers should be aware of them. The most common causes of motor vehicle accidents include driving under the influence, driving while distracted and driving recklessly. Another dangerous issue that is often unreported is drowsy driving. When there is a collision with injuries and fatalities, it is important to consider the possibility that a driver was drowsy.
When people in Pennsylvania have a car accident, the concept of negligence could help accident victims to understand whether they can pursue a legal case against the other driver. In order for a driver to be considered negligent, they need to violate a duty for reasonable care that they owe to others on the road. In general, drivers are always expected to pay attention to the safety of others while driving their cars as a condition for using the roads. The injured party must be able to show that the driver did not exercise the reasonable care that was required in the circumstances.
In recent years, the danger of driving while distracted has been emphasized to drivers in Pennsylvania and across the country. One of the pushes behind the desire to educate people about the dangers of driving while distracted may be the number of injuries and fatalities associated with this practice. It's estimated that every single day, around nine people die and around 100 people are injured in accidents involving distracted driving.
Pennsylvania winters can be a bad time for car accidents, what with ice and snow causing tires to lose traction and cars to spin out of control. Regardless of the weather, though, everyone is expected to practice safe driving. There are a few tips to stay safe on the road.
Safety advocates have warned that the changing of the clocks may make Pennsylvania roadways more dangerous. As Daylight Savings Time begins across the United States, the time change may introduce disruption in sleep patterns that could contribute to drowsy driving and other risks on the roads, warns the American Automobile Association. While the clock reset takes place at 2:00 a.m. on a Sunday to minimize disruption, the AAA said that the time change could disturb the sleep-wake cycle. At the same time, the clock change accompanies some of the other risks that come along with the winter season.
Pennsylvania drivers will be interested in the slight decrease in fatalities from traffic accidents for the second year in a row. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatalities fell 2.4% in 2018, after significant increases in 2015 and 2016.
Some Pennsylvania drivers are wary of sharing the road with teens, especially because they are inexperienced and may have a tendency to drive more erratically. Indeed, the higher car insurance rates paid by teens and their parents reflect their higher likelihood of involvement in a crash. However, inexperienced drivers like teens have to develop their skills by driving, and practicing behind the wheel is often the best way to build their skills. Part of that practice includes learning to observe safe driving practices while operating a vehicle, of course.