We often read news articles about why serious car accidents happen. We learn that millions of drivers are staring at their phones instead of the road, and that defective steering columns can lead to loss of control. We read statistics showing that a fatigued driver can be just as dangerous as a drunk driver.
Despite the known risks of drunk driving, there are drivers all across the state who make the decision to drive under the influence of alcohol, especially on weekends and holidays. As such, there is a risk of being involved in a drunk driving crash this weekend because it is also St. Patrick's Day.
Cars today are more advanced and technological than they have ever been. Many new vehicles have sophisticated in-dash infotainment systems; others come with Wi-Fi hotspots and automatic parking systems.
Distracted driving has become an epidemic in the United States. In Connecticut alone, hundreds of catastrophic injuries have resulted from mobile use on the road. Though nearly everyone knows they shouldn't text, use social media or access websites while they're driving, distracted driving is still very common.
Distracted driving is dangerous. It is a major problem on our roads. According to government statistics, it claimed more than 3,000 lives in 2014.
Distracted driving has become an epidemic, and the problem heavily affects teen drivers. According to AAA, in 60 percent of crashes involving a teen, the driver had been distracted by something for the six seconds before the accident happened. AAA investigated these accidents and found that 12 percent of the distractions were caused by mobile phone usage.
On October 12, the Governors Highway Safety Association released a report analyzing 10 years of data related to teen driver safety. The good news: teen driver-involved accidents have gone down significantly. However, the researchers feel that there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to continue saving young lives.
A vehicle that can drive itself? Until recently, it was the stuff of science fiction. Google and Tesla have been developing autonomous vehicles with an eye toward a safer, driverless future. But there have been some accidents, including one fatal collision earlier this year. So when will these cars be safe enough for us to own and drive?
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In a terrifying new report released last week by the National Safety Council, the rate of Connecticut motor vehicle fatalities increased by 45 percent in the first 6 months of 2016 as compared to the same time period in 2015. There were 138 deaths from Jan. 1 to June 30, 2016 - an alarming increase compared to 95 last year. The study indicated that private vehicles are toward the top of the list of most dangerous ways to travel.