Ohio readers might be concerned to learn that traffic fatalities from red-light collisions are on the rise, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The institute said that a decrease in red-light cameras is partially responsible for the problem.
Ohio drivers who use a hands-free cellphone while behind the wheel should be aware that this is still mildly distracting and that they should not use their free hands to engage in other activities. A company that works with fleets in the commercial and public sector providing safety solutions and video telemetrics examined over 100 billion miles of data and looked at video of more than 100,000 "risky events" to conclude that hands-free cellphone use is often accompanied by other distracting activities. At least nine people die on U.S. roads daily as a result of distracted driving.
The leading cause of injuries nationwide is car accidents, so it's no surprise that many of these incidents result in lawsuits. In Ohio, people who are injured in auto collisions might be entitled to compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical expenses or other damages. While the specifics and outcomes of car crash cases may vary widely, most cases share the same basics, running from pre-litigation negotiations to establishing negligence and receiving compensation from at-fault parties or their insurers.
New technology designed to improve safety may cause more problems for Ohio drivers than it solves. Researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute returned data on two new safety devices and associated car accident risk. Both lane-assistance and adaptive cruise control technologies promoted human error. The AAA Foundation reported a higher risk of distracted driving and car accidents attributable to the safety devices. The finding ran contrary to the goal of automation technology, which is limiting human error.
Many automakers are working hard on alcohol detection systems for their vehicles. Some are using in-car cameras while others have turned to touch sensors. One system, called the ignition interlock device, has already been proven to help keep those who are intoxicated from driving. Ohio residents should know that some lawmakers now want to make alcohol detection a permanent feature on all new cars.
The opioid epidemic has had its impact on car crash numbers in Ohio and across the U.S. Whereas 2% of crash initiators in 1993 tested positive for opioids, that percentage went up to 7.1% in 2016. Now, a study published in JAMA Network Open has associated opioid use with a fair number of fatal two-car collisions.
A study found that drivers in Ohio are using their phones differently in 2018 than they were in 2014. The study tracked the behaviors of drivers at red lights at four different locations in Virginia. A report recently released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS, revealed the survey's findings. One of the key takeaways was that drivers were 57% more likely to use a phone to perform tasks other than making calls.
Every year in Ohio and across the U.S., drowsy driving leads to some 6,000 fatal car crashes. Lack of sleep is not the only culprit; drivers may suffer from an undiagnosed sleep disorder or take medications that cause drowsiness. Shift work and alcohol consumption also contribute to this alarming trend. Below are some tips that drivers can consider to avoid drowsiness behind the wheel.
Drivers in Ohio must constantly guard against distractions that take their attention off the road. Cellphones, dashboard touchscreens, interactions with passengers and other accidents represent leading sources of driver distraction. Due to the prevalence of these distractions, distracted driving accidents have become increasingly commonplace. The financial toll taken by distracted driving crashes has reached $40 million per year. The damages are second only to accidents resulting from driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which produce $44 million in damages annually.
Winter poses a lot of challenges to drivers in Ohio, especially with the roads becoming icy and snowy and reducing traction. All the same, drivers are expected to stay safe and keep out of accidents. With the following tips, they can do just that with not much difficulty. It all begins with slowing down so as to retain as much traction as possible.