Many Missouri motorists may have, or be familiar with, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This neurodevelopmental disorder is characterized by short attention spans, impulsiveness, and other signs of hyperactivity like excessive talking, tapping, and fidgeting. With age, the hyperactivity may recede, but this still leaves drivers with difficulty resisting impulsive actions like texting, talking on the phone, and playing with the radio.
Residents of Missouri may have to wait for self-driving vehicles to make an appearance. Just as a Senate bill was passed to speed up the production and testing of such vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has hit a roadblock concerning the development of auto safety standards. In a report that the agency will make public by the end of November, it requests comments from other organizations regarding the kind of research it must undertake before writing any permanent rules.
Missouri residents may drive cars that either drive themselves in certain situations or come with modern safety features. Despite that, fatal car crashes increased in the United States for the second straight year in 2016. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there was a 5.6 percent increase from 2015 to 2016.
While many Missouri residents believe that those who are driving long distances are more likely to operate their vehicle while drowsy, that is actually not the case. In fact, most car accidents take place within about 25 miles from home. This could be due to the fact that drivers who are in familiar parts of town may be more likely to drive with their brains on auto-pilot.
More than 55,000 traffic accident injuries around the country could have been prevented in 2015 if all vehicles had been equipped with lane departure and blind spot warning systems according to a study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A researcher from the nonprofit road safety advocacy organization studied about 5,000 front-end collisions and sideswipe crashes, which are the types of accidents that lane departure and blind spot warning systems are most effective at preventing, and she concluded that this technology reduces injury rates by as much as 21 percent.
Missouri motorists may be unaware that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to 6,000 fatal traffic accidents every year arou are caused by drowsy driving. In response, a company called Creative Mode has developed a device that is worn on the wrist and is supposed to alert drivers who are in danger of falling asleep at the wheel. The founder of Creative Mode says he first became aware of the problem of driver fatigue after a friend broke his collarbone when he drifted off while driving and hit a tree.
Missouri residents might not be aware that there is a connection between driver deaths in traffic accidents and improvement in the economy. The information, presented by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, showed that when the economy improves, driver deaths tend to also increase.
If a motorist is in a Missouri car accident, there may be several important actions to take if another driver is at fault. First, regardless of who has caused the accident, injured people should be assisted but should not be moved if possible. If the accident is serious, the police may be called.
Distracted driving is becoming more and more of a problem in Missouri and around the country. Drivers seemingly care more about their smartphones and other electronic devices than about the personal safety of their passengers or occupants of other vehicles. In fact, of all fatalities during 2015 related to human choice, distracted driving deaths increased at a rate faster than fatalities caused by drowsy or drunk driving, a lack of wearing a seat belt and speeding, according to data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Young drivers in Missouri and around the country have a reputation for engaging in reckless behavior and being overly attached to their cellphones, and a study released by the AAA on Feb. 15 suggests that these criticisms may have some merit. The motoring organization's Foundation for Traffic Safety surveyed 2,511 American drivers and focused on motorists between the ages of 19 and 24, and a concerning 88 percent of them admitted to sending text messages, speeding and running red lights during the previous 30 days.