The disturbing rise in distracted driving accidents in Missouri and around the country is often blamed on the popularity of portable electronic devices, but the results of a recent study from Erie Insurance suggests that being lost in thought while behind the wheel actually kills and injures far more road users each year than cell phone use. The Pennsylvania-based auto insurer came to its conclusions after analyzing data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System gathered over the last five years. The results of the study were released on April 3 to mark the beginning of Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
Some safety advocates in Missouri may be eager for the future of autonomous driving technology. According to a professor from Arizona State, however, human developers could be passing down their unsafe driving habits to these self-driving vehicles. In March, an Uber test car in self-driving mode hit and killed a pedestrian in Arizona. The car likely didn't see the victim because it was too dark to detect anything.
Drivers in Missouri should know that drunk driving deaths make up one third of all traffic-related deaths. In the U.S., it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or above. This legal limit, shared by Mexico and some other countries, is actually the highest in the world. It can impair a driver's judgment and reaction times, leading to accidents and fatalities.
Road safety can be a major concern for drivers in Missouri and across the United States, and a car accident can lead to serious personal injuries as well as property damage. One report aims at providing suggestions to state governors about steps that they can take to help cut down the risk of car crashes on the roads. Published by the National Governors Association, the report emphasizes the role of state governments in working to improve safety, including coordinating efforts among different agencies in order to improve their success.
Missouri motorists should be aware of the many distractions that can lead to traffic accidents. Most people already know about how distracting smartphones can be. Even safety features on Android devices and iPhones, such as apps that send automatic replies to incoming calls and texts, are voluntary; nothing prevents drivers from choosing to distract themselves.
A one-vehicle accident in Ste. Genevieve County on Jan. 1st, left two teens injured. The incident happened at 9:15 in the evening on Route 0, south of Interstate 55.
Drivers in Missouri have to make countless choices while navigating traffic. Even a minor decision could increase or decrease safety. More and more crash data recorded by cameras and other sensors have enabled researchers to calculate the causes of many accidents. With the country currently experiencing a sharp rise in traffic fatalities, such insights should encourage people to be more mindful of their actions while behind the wheel.
With the holidays just around the corner, Missouri residents may partake of too much holiday cheer. Unfortunately, some of them may decide to get behind the wheel and possibly not arrive at their destination.
After its launch in July 2016, Pokémon Go became a gaming phenomenon in Missouri and across the US. However, it also led to many reports of players being injured and even killed due to an obsession with the game. A study by two professors at Purdue University has revealed some startling statistics that show what effect Pokémon Go has had on car accident rates in particular.
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.