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Motor Vehicle Accidents Archives

AAA study concludes nearly 10% of wrecks involve drowsy drivers

Sleepiness makes drivers in Texas nearly as dangerous as drunk drivers. Attributing crashes to tired drivers has been difficult, but the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety used a unique approach to gather data. Over 3,500 people participated in the study, which required the installation of cameras and other equipment in their vehicles. Researchers monitored data from each subject for several months, and when crashes occurred, they looked at the surveillance footage to see what the drivers had been doing.

Suggestions to help cut down on distracted driving

People in Texas getting behind the wheel may be highly concerned about the dangers posed by distracted drivers who are engaged in texting while driving or other app usage. This kind of distracted driving is known as a major threat to roadway safety and a contributor to many serious car accidents. Many researchers attribute an ongoing upswing in the number of fatal collisions to the widespread popularity of smartphone usage.

Drivers who use their phones may pay more for insurance

Texas residents and others who choose to text while driving may pay more for car insurance. A company called Arity uses components within the smartphone to tell if it is in a driver's hand or on a flat surface while a car is in motion. It can also tell if smartphone apps are being used. Arity is part of Allstate, and information gathered may be used by the company as a factor in determining a person's car insurance rate.

Reducing speeding deaths, according to the NTSB

Drivers in Texas are probably aware that speed kills. However, they may not know that speeding, rather than drunk or distracted driving, has led to the nationwide increase in traffic deaths, according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board. It states that speeding accounted for 31 percent of traffic fatalities between 2005 and 2014.

Time limitations for reporting an accident

Many Texas motorists will experience a car accident at some point during their lives. After making sure that anyone injured in the accident has received medical attention, drivers should exchange information and notify local law enforcement. Drivers should also obtain insurance information from each other and notify their own insurance company as soon as possible.

Study emphasizes link between shift work and drowsy driving

In addition to disrupting the sleep-wake cycle and heightening the risk for conditions like heart disease, shift work can increase drowsiness even during daytime commutes. In Texas and across the U.S., more than 9.5 million people work night shifts or rotational shifts, making drowsy driving a public health hazard.

Car accident fatalities rise again in 2016

The number of people killed in automobile accidents around the country increased again in 2016 according to figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and this should worry Texas motorists. Road deaths began falling in 2007 and reached their lowest point in 2014, but the federal safety watchdog reports that they have now risen alarmingly for two consecutive years. Distracted driving and an epidemic of cellphone use behind the wheel was blamed for the surge in accident fatalities a year ago, but the number of deadly distracted driving crashes actually fell by 2.2 percent in 2016.

A majority of 18-34 year olds say they can text and drive safely

A whopping 62 percent of drivers between the ages of 18 and 34 said in a recent survey that they are either very confident or somewhat confident in their ability to safely text while driving. At the same time, 64 percent acknowledged that texting or looking at a phone is the most common cause of distracted driving accidents.

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