We all know there is no way to completely eliminate vehicle accidents. Even when everyone is driving safely, there's always a risk of an accident that involves one or more vehicles.
Georgia residents who were involved in an accident involving three or more vehicles probably know how hard it can be to establish everyone's degree of fault. Those who have not been involved in one would do well to know the basics of how fault is established. It all comes down to the legal concept of negligence: that is, the failure of someone to exercise reasonable care.
Georgia residents should remember that red-light running is to blame for hundreds of deaths every year. Most people understand that this practice is wrong. While 92.9% of respondents to a survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety agreed that it was, however, 42.7% admitted to running a red light at least once in the previous 30 days. For many, there is only one solution to this trend: red-light cameras.
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%.