Distracted driving conversations often focus on things like talking to friends, texting and driving, browsing social media, taking pictures while driving and listening to the radio. These are all major areas of distraction, especially as more and more drivers have smartphones with access to thousands of functions.
Many Pennsylvania residents dread losing an hour of sleep when daylight saving time rolls around each year. Now, researchers report that this sleep disruption can actually increase the risk of getting into a fatal car accident.
In October 2019, a report was released by a member of the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety that concludes that the current 5-star rating system used to determine vehicle safety is outdated. Pennsylvania residents should know that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration created this system in the 1990s from an earlier crash testing program called the New Car Assessment Program.
Many truckers in Pennsylvania, some without knowing it, suffer from sleep apnea. This is a disorder that periodically stops one's breathing while sleeping, and it is responsible for all kinds of health conditions. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea among truckers, and by interrupting their sleep, it can make them a safety hazard on the road.
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.