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Posts tagged "Car Accidents"

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.

Thanksgiving the start of a deadly time of year

Pennsylvania residents may associate Thanksgiving with happy times. However, doctors know that Thanksgiving may also be one of the deadliest times of the year. In fact, there is an increase in the U.S. death rate throughout most of the winter. In 2013, the death rate was 5 percent higher in December than it was in November according to the CDC. The increased death rate during the winter months is largely attributed to the weather and illnesses such as the flu.

Autumn sees an increase wildlife-related crashes

Pennsylvania motorists should be aware that wildlife-related accidents become more common once daylight saving time ends and the days grow shorter. The autumn is the peak mating season for many animals, such as deer, and bears are still roaming for food to prepare for hibernation. Since they are most active between dawn and dusk, they become more difficult for drivers to see during this period.

Drowsy driving a hazard among night shift workers

Working a night shift has been known to impact antioxidant activity and immune system function, among other markers of physical health. It can also lead to conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. However, what some people in Pennsylvania aren't aware of is that drowsy driving, especially during daytime commutes, is another hazard associated with shift work.

The pitfalls of new car technology

According to a AAA survey, 70 percent of Americans desire new technology in their cars, but only 24 percent feel that the technology already works perfectly. This is partly due to poor design choices on the part of car manufacturers. Another reason is that technology has unnecessarily complicated some of the simplest tasks. Irrelevant features are also of concern, as they they can be distracting. Pennsylvania motorists should be aware that distracted driving often leads to accidents.

Why size matters in a car accident

Pennsylvania drivers may think that a smaller car is safe because it performed well in crash tests. However, smaller cars are generally less safe than larger cars when an actual collision occurs. This is because smaller cars tend to weigh less, which means that they will absorb more of the impact when they collide with larger vehicles. They also have smaller front ends compared to larger cars.

Car accident fatality risk is three times higher at night

Nighttime driving in Pennsylvania is more hazardous than venturing out during the day for a number of reasons. Road construction crews often work at night to prevent disruption to the morning and afternoon rush hours, and the number of drunk drivers surges after the sun goes down. The dangers of these additional hazards are magnified by limited visibility.

Car accidents often occur close to home

While there are risks throughout all Pennsylvania roads, drivers are most likely to get into accidents during short trips within 25 miles of their homes. This is because most driving occurs within 25 miles of one's property. People may also be lulled into a false sense of security when they drive in familiar settings such as their neighborhoods.

Why driving slowly can be dangerous

Driving too slowly can be almost as dangerous as driving too fast. Therefore, Pennsylvania motorists should try their best to keep pace with others on the road. When driving on a highway, it is best to use the left lane as a passing lane only. Otherwise, drivers may have to pass on the right, and that can cause confusion and a higher risk of an accident.