Georgia drivers might welcome the news of the increase in hands-free cellphone usage. However, this positive trend is often accompanied by an alarming one: when drivers use hands-free cellphones while driving, they are also at increased risk of engaging in at least one more distracted driving behavior.
Drunk driving crashes are behind some 30 deaths every day in the U.S. To prevent drunk driving altogether, many automakers and safety experts are turning to technology. Georgia residents should know that a bill has been proposed that would make alcohol detection systems mandatory on all new vehicles by 2024. It's called the Reduce Impaired Driving for Everyone Act of 2019.
Georgia residents should be aware that phone use continues to play a role in car crashes, even deadly ones. In 2017, some 800 crash fatalities were attributed to drivers who were using their phones while behind the wheel. Instead of talking, however, they were sending texts and engaging in other activities. Such activities are clearly more risky than talking because the latter is a cognitive distraction while the former constitutes both cognitive and visual distractions.
With more drivers in Georgia and across the U.S. using dashboard touchscreens and smartphones, it's not surprising that distracted driving is on the rise. The National Safety Council has said that distracted driving contributes to around nine crash-related deaths and 100 crash-related injuries every day in this country. The problem is not lack of awareness, though.
Drowsy driving is a widespread issue in Georgia and across the U.S., and AAA says it will only be exacerbated by the end of daylight saving time. Though a driver may be happy to gain an extra hour of sleep, the disruption of one's sleep patterns can lead to drowsiness for a day or two afterward. Drowsiness, which impairs concentration and reaction times, can be deadly in drivers.
Georgia readers might be relieved to learn that U.S. traffic deaths dipped in 2018, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It's the second straight year that deaths have gone down.
Accidents at intersections claimed the lives of more than 10,000 road users in in 2018 according to the Federal Highway Administration, which is why many local authorities in Georgia and around the country are replacing traditional stop signs and traffic signals with roundabouts. Cars entering a roundabout reduce speed and travel in the same direction as other vehicles, and studies suggest this can reduce fatal accidents by up to 90%.
There are a lot of auto accident risk factors to watch out for, from busy streets to bad weather. Sometimes, those who drive in urban areas are especially likely to encounter certain hazards on the road, especially in comparison to those who live in rural areas that are relatively quiet. For some drivers, such as those who do not have very much experience driving in a large city, this can make driving especially dangerous. If you have recently moved to an urban area from the countryside, or plan to do so soon, it is important to be aware of these concerns.
When it comes to pedestrian accidents, the physical toll of these incidents often receives a lot of attention. Media coverage may discuss the injuries a victim sustains in an accident, and these hardships may be shared extensively on social media. Unfortunately, the mental toll of these accidents can be just as difficult, or even more challenging, in some instances. Victims and their loved ones should not overlook the mental and emotional side of pedestrian accidents.
Some of the consequences of traffic crashes are frequently discussed in the media and on social media, such as the loss of life, serious injuries that victims suffer and some of the financial hardships that car accident victims have to endure. While there are all very concerning aspects of motor vehicle collisions, it is important to realize that there are many other ways in which people who are involved in traffic collisions suffer. For example, they may face mental and emotional problems in the wake of a collision, and depression can be particularly concerning.