Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers: Fatal Traffic Accidents Spike in 2016April 3, 2017
Thanks to advances in safety technology like blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision prevention, cars and trucks are safer than ever. However, the number of fatal car accidents in 2016 was higher than it has been since 2007, according to the National Safety Council. The rise in crashes coincides with more people on the road as the lower gas prices and a growing economy has more Americans driving. Other factors that have contributed to the growing number of fatal accidents include speeding, driving under the influence, and distracted driving.
According to Jonathan Adkins, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, in addition to speeding, drivers not wearing seatbelts, and drunk driving, distracted driving has become a serious problem in recent years. People have become addicted to their electronic devices because it enables them to stay in constant contact with friends and family through texting, talking, and social media. Too often, drivers reach for their phone to take a call or read a text, without considering the risk of having their attention off the road, even for a few seconds. Adkins believes that this has impacted the rise in traffic fatalities.
The president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that as the economy improved, drivers are more likely to take weekend trips involving long drives on unfamiliar roads. In addition, the improved economy resulted in more teen drivers that are able afford the cost of a car. Unfortunately, young drivers have the highest number of fatal car accidents, possibly due to a variety of distractions combined with a lack of experience.
In 2014, distracted driving was responsible for 3,179 fatalities and 431,000 injuries nationwide, according to the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety. While most distracted driving car accidents tend to be a result of behaviors like texting while driving, making a phone call, and engaging in social media, other distractions include eating, using a GPS, changing the radio station, reaching for an object in the car, and talking to other passengers. It only takes a matter of seconds for a car accident to occur while a driver’s attention is off the road.
Efforts to Reduce Traffic Fatalities
The auto industry continues to make vehicles safer by introducing safety features like electronic stability control, rear view cameras, and blind spot monitoring. In addition to seat belts and airbags which help passenger survive a wreck once it has occurred, these new technologies aim to prevent the crash from happening at all. Vehicle-to-vehicle communications and self-driving cars are other safety advances that are still being tested, but have the capability to eliminate human error.
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