Many people in North Carolina are injured in crashes every year. According to National Safety Council research, the risk of being in a fatal crash is three times greater when driving at night. Drivers should use extra caution to make driving at night safer.
The northeast chapter of AAA offers some safety tips for those who are going to be out for Halloween night. Parents and partygoers alike in North Carolina will want to review this information so that they can reduce accident risks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that the time between 6 p.m. on Oct. 31 and 6 a.m. on Nov. 1 are the peak hours for drunk-driving crashes.
Advanced accident prevention features like automatic emergency braking systems, blind-spot monitors and adaptive cruise control could be making the roads of North Carolina and around the country more dangerous instead of safer according to a recent report from the American Automobile Association. The AAA's Foundation for Traffic Safety came to this sobering conclusion after surveying 1,200 American drivers who purchased new cars equipped with such systems in 2016 and 2017.
North Carolina residents who are on the market for new cars may want to consider the benefits of rear automatic braking. This is because a report has shown that this technology can reduce the chance of a backup crash by 62 percent. If the brakes are combined with rearview cameras and backup warning sensors, that same risk goes down by an estimated 78 percent.
Summer is almost over. Some North Carolina schools have already begun classes, and, believe it or not, the holidays will soon be here. That means there will be extra traffic on the road and an increased risk of getting into a car accident. However, by brushing up on some basic driving tips, people can have a safe and enjoyable autumn.
North Carolina residents should know that according to the National Institutes for Health, car crashes are the leading cause of death for drivers aged 14 to 19. Some states believe that to reduce the crash risk for teens, they must lengthen the period between teens getting their learner's permits and driver's licenses. The results of a study that the NIH conducted with Virginia Tech University seem to back up this way of thinking.
Distracted driving accidents are often related to the use of technology. Reading or sending text messages, responding to social media posts and participating in social gaming cause drivers to take their eyes off the road. Ironically, technology may also be the way to stop the distractions and avoid preventable accidents on North Carolina roads.
Drivers in North Carolina who are concerned about the widespread threat created by texting and driving should know about a recent study conducted by app developer Drivemode. After reviewing one year's worth of text messaging data that was captured by one of its Android apps, the company stated that the peak time for drivers to text is during the afternoon rush hour, between roughly 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Many road safety experts in North Carolina and around the country have blamed the surge in distracted driving fatalities on the popularity of mobile devices like smartphones and tablet computers, but a study from a leading insurance company suggests that drivers who become lost in thought or daydream behind the wheel are a far more serious problem. A research team from Erie Insurance came to this conclusion after studying accident data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System gathered over the last five years.
Car accident victims in North Carolina should know about soft tissue injuries because they tend to be hard to diagnose. No X-ray can detect them, and the symptoms sometimes appear days after an accident, so victims may delay in having them treated.