Many people in Pennsylvania have heard a great deal about the potential of automated driving technology on the horizon. Media articles often feature reports about what a future of driverless vehicles could look like. While the vision of a fully autonomous, electric vehicle may still be some way in the future, there are already a number of driving technologies that are helping to improve safety on the road today.
A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that an annual marijuana holiday on April 20 may be behind a yearly increase in car crash deaths. Though Pennsylvania has not legalized recreational marijuana use, drivers should know that the self-proclaimed holiday is celebrated across the nation and fatal car crash rates tend to increase around 4/20 in most, though not all, states.
Collision avoidance technologies may be helping Pennsylvania drivers and others across the country to avoid accidents and injuries on the road, according to research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. These technologies, including lane departure warning systems and blind spot alerts, can help to cut down significantly on the number of car accidents, especially ones that cause injuries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.