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NTSB calls for tougher speeding laws

Traffic accident fatalities in Pennsylvania and around the country increased have increased sharply despite significant advances in automobile safety and the introduction of autonomous crash avoidance systems. Experts have blamed the surge in road deaths on higher traffic levels and an epidemic of cellphone use by drivers and pedestrians, but a July 2017 report from the National Transportation Safety Board suggests that speeding may be the true culprit.

Steps to take after being involved in a car accident

When a Pennsylvania resident is involved in a motor vehicle accident, their first priority should be to seek medical assistance for any injuries. They should also contact the police if criminal activity, such as drunk driving, may have been a contributory factor to the incident. Once these pressing concerns have been taken care of, a motorist might need to inform their insurance provider about the crash.

How Uber and Lyft can deny liability for their drivers' crashes

Thanks to ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft, Pennsylvania residents have more transportation options than ever. These businesses pay independent contractors who use their own vehicles to drive patrons. The fact that the drivers are independent contractors can protect the companies when drivers are involved in accidents.

The importance of right-of-way laws

It can be difficult for some Pennsylvania drivers to safely navigate busy intersections, especially when there are only stop signs or if another motorist is attempting to make a right-hand turn. To help prevent accidents and make the roads safer, right-of-way laws provide the ground rules for who is allowed to go first in specific cases. Failing to follow right-of-way laws can result in serious car accidents.

Being aware of car accident causes can help stop crashes

Car crashes are a major concern for drivers in Pennsylvania and across the United States. There are 6 million car accidents that take place every year across the country. These accidents have a wide variety of causes, and understanding why they happen can help traffic engineers as well as drivers to prevent crashes from occurring in the future. Through detailed investigations of thousands of crashes and by using technology to measure drivers' responses to roadside situations, researchers have worked to expand their understanding of why these accidents take place.

Intersection dangers can be cut with roundabouts

Drivers in Pennsylvania know that taking to the roadways always carries a risk, especially at traffic intersections where two or more roadways come together. These junction points where cars approach each other in opposite directions and often at higher rates of speed can be some of the most deadly points on the road. Traffic engineers are often concerned about how to make intersections safer, because accidents suffered at junction points can be some of the most devastating, leading to fatalities or serious injuries.

Death rates drop with improved auto safety tech

People taking a drive on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and throughout the state are all too aware of the dangers that can accompany them on the road. Distracted driving, drunk or drugged driving and negligent operators can all pose a serious risk to drivers and their passengers. However, the chances of losing one's life due to an auto accident have declined with the advances of safety features and improved technologies in late-model passenger vehicles.

Alcohol a factor in over one-quarter of traffic fatalities

All drivers in Pennsylvania have an obligation to be sober while operating motor vehicles. The White House has recognized December 2017 as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month to highlight the dangers of impaired driving. According to information published by the White House, over 10,000 people died in car crashes attributed to alcohol use in 2016. This figure represented 28 percent of all traffic-related deaths that year.

Pokémon Go linked with increase in distracted driving

Pennsylvania residents probably know about the smartphone-based game called Pokémon Go, and they may have even heard reports about how it gets many players into accidents. A study from Purdue University has discovered that distracted driving is one especially worrying trend as many drivers play the game while behind the wheel.

ADHD medication reduces risk of car accidents

Pennsylvania residents who have been diagnosed with ADHD may be interested to learn that those who are medicated are less likely to be involved in car accidents than those who are not. The results of a study determined this by analyzing health insurance claims from between 2005 and 2014.