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Distracted driving and car accident fatalities

Because the dangers of using a cellphone while driving get so much attention, some Virginia motorists may think it is a leading cause of accidents. However, a study by Erie Insurance found that cellphones are in second place to daydreaming as a leading distraction for drivers.

Professor says autonomous vehicles should not mimic humans

People in Virginia who follow developments in the autonomous car industry may be aware of a fatal accident that occurred in March involving a pedestrian and an autonomous Uber vehicle. The pedestrian reportedly stepped into a dark area of the road where there was no crosswalk moments before the car came along.

More drivers distracted on the roadways

Many drivers in Virginia know just how dangerous distracted driving can be; nevertheless, they continue to widely engage in these behaviors when they step behind the wheel. This is what is indicated by the results of a study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, part of the annual Traffic Safety Culture Index that aims to measure American drivers' attitudes and behaviors toward highway safety. The research found that the number of drivers who say they have recently conducted a conversation on a handheld mobile phone while driving has gone up 46 percent since 2013, at the same time that 88 percent of participants noted that distracted driving is a rising major safety concern.

Why tragic motor vehicle accidents occur

Both drivers and poor roads may contribute to traffic deaths in Virginia and throughout the country. Drivers may try to operate motor vehicles after consuming alcohol or other substances that can impair their ability to do so. These substances may make it harder to react to what is happening on the road in a timely manner. In addition to driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol, individuals drive when they are too tired.

Hard enforcement of ELD mandate begins in April

Commercial truck drivers in Virginia, as well as their employers, probably know that they are required to adopt electronic logging devices for their vehicles. This mandate was implemented by the U.S. Department of Transportation back in December 2017. So far, truckers have been allowed some flexibility during this time of soft enforcement.

Daylight saving time can lead to drowsy driving

A recent study from AAA suggests that losing an hour of sleep after Daylight Saving Time leads to an increase in drowsy driving accidents. Drowsy driving contributes to 10 percent of all car wrecks, according to a AAA traffic safety study, so preventing it is essential. Following Daylight Saving Time, Virginia drivers also face a range of new issues, such as darker mornings and the presence of glare. Therefore, they should know how to prevent accidents during this adjustment period.

Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries

In Virginia and across the United States, many auto accident victims suffer from soft tissue damage, sometimes without knowing it. The shock of a collision, combined with the sudden braking and the bracing of the body, can cause the soft tissues of the body such as the muscles, tendons and ligaments to stretch and become strained, sprained or torn. Symptoms may not become noticeable until days after a crash.

State governors can lead charge in reducing car crashes

Highway safety is a significant issue of concern for drivers on the streets in Virginia as well as state and local officials. Auto crashes can be the cause of devastating personal injuries, severe property damage and other major costs. The National Governors Association issued a report that aims to provide guidance and potential solutions to state governors working to help reduce the risk of traffic accidents on the roadways. The study focuses on the role that state governments can play in improving roadway safety, especially the importance of coordinating actions and efforts between different agencies and task forces.

Marijuana holiday and fatal vehicle crashes

April 20, the holiday set aside by marijuana users in Virginia and the rest of the nation to celebrate the drug, is associated with a slight increase in fatal motor vehicle accidents. This is according to a review of federal government data. While the study has not produced proof that marijuana was a factor in the crashes that occurred on April 20, marijuana is known to impair an individual's ability to drive, and other studies have shown that a large number of motorists who use the drug believe that it is safe to drive after doing so.

AAA study measures frequency of drowsy driving crashes

While not as deadly as distracted driving or DUI, drowsy driving may account for more crashes than some realize. Drivers in Virginia will want to know about a study just published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, which monitored more than 3,500 drivers across the U.S. and analyzed their crash data.

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