For recently licensed high school students, the summer months can be a time of exhilarating freedom. Many young adults will find that they have their first opportunities to truly spend time independent of their families, thanks to their license and their access to a vehicle.
A study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that many drivers in Virginia and across the U.S. do not know the limitations of advanced driver assistance systems. Devices like automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning are helping to prevent crashes, yet some drivers fail to realize that ADAS is meant to assist drivers: nothing more nor less.
Virginia residents may be surprised to learn that cars equipped with advanced safety systems can actually cost more to insure. Features like automatic braking systems and lane departure warnings may prevent accidents, but they also make cars that do crash more expensive to repair. Insurance companies base their premiums on perceived risks, and the latest car safety features have not been in use long enough for their benefits to be fully understood. However, insurers know exactly how much replacement parts cost.
Every day, roads in Virginia and around the country are filled with thousands of distracted drivers. These motorists take their eyes off the road to use their cellphones, GPS systems or other types of technologies, endangering themselves and others in the process. In fact, distracted drivers kill at least nine people and injure 100 others on U.S. roads each day on average, according to the National Safety Council.
Virginia drivers who have been involved in a car accident know that the aftermath can be complicated and confusing. Unfortunately, the post-crash situation is usually even more complex for the victim of a commercial truck crash.