According to a report from City Lab, women are 73% more likely to die or be seriously injured in a car crash than men are. Pennsylvania residents should know that there are probably several factors for this. With regard to this trend, auto safety experts as far back as 2011 said that seatbelts may be partially to blame.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 6,452,000 motorists across the country were involved in car accidents in the year 2017. The biggest, busiest cities in the nation were also where the most accidents were concentrated. The America's Safe Drivers Report 2019, released by Allstate Insurance, ranks the 200 largest metropolitan areas nationwide based on how often drivers there get into crashes. Many of the cities are on the East Coast, including at least one in Pennsylvania.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Association has reported that almost 11,000 people died and more than 200,000 suffered injuries due to drunk drivers in 2017. Drunk driving is a factor in 29% of traffic fatalities. Drivers in Pennsylvania should be wary of others on the road, as drunk driving remains the No. 1 cause of car accident deaths. The organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving has called for increased efforts by those in the automotive industry to combat the problem with technology.
Tesla has recently added functions to improve its Navigate on Autopilot system. However, testers with Consumer Reports have found these updates wanting. Pennsylvania motorists should know that the Autopilot can now change lanes without the driver's input.
Root Insurance has shared the results of an online study conducted by Wakefield Research that may interest drivers in Pennsylvania. The study focused on distracted driving and involved nearly 2,000 US. drivers. One thing that became clear was that few are ignorant of the dangers of distracted driving. Even individuals who engage in it are critical of others who do.
More than 10,000 people die in drunk driving accidents every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That's almost 30 fatalities per day throughout Pennsylvania and the rest of the U.S. Furthermore, those numbers are just for drunk driving and do not include the number of deaths due to distracted driving. Volvo plans to reduce both categories by installing in-vehicle cameras and sensors that will observe driver behavior.
There are several steps that drivers must take after a car accident in Pennsylvania. If they do everything correctly, they will have an easier time filing their auto insurance claim. The first step is to remain calm; that way, one will be able to remember the details more clearly.
Sleep deprivation among drivers only raises the risk for an accident. The National Sleep Foundation says that driving after being awake for 24 hours is like driving with a blood alcohol content of .10 (the legal limit being .08). The CDC says everyone should get a minimum of seven hours of sleep every night, but many fail to get this much.
Many drivers in Pennsylvania who wish for new technology know that it can bring opportunities for distraction with it. University of Utah researchers have conducted a study for AAA showing that infotainment systems, in particular, are dangerous. They analyzed 30 systems on new 2017 vehicles and found that seven demanded a moderate level of attention, 11 a high level and 12 a very high level.
Pennsylvania residents may not be getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep every night, and this will negatively affect how they act behind the wheel. Drowsy driving is to blame for an estimated 7 percent of all motor vehicle crashes in the U.S., including 16 percent of all fatal crashes. Lack of sleep leads to inattention and impaired judgment.