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Medication decreases crash risk for drivers with ADHD

Arizona drivers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have several ways of dealing with their symptoms while on the road. According to a recent study published in "JAMA Psychiatry," proper ADHD medication could be one of the most effective methods to curb crash risks.

Risk for car crashes high among night shift workers

Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital have estimated that over 9.5 million Americans work a night shift or rotational shift and that 28 percent of drivers have admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel in the past year. By creating an irregular sleep schedule, shift work can wreak havoc on the body and increase the risk for conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Drowsy driving, though, is a dangerous condition since it puts other people at risk as well. It's considered a public health hazard in Arizona and across the U.S.

NHTSA reports another alarming rise in road deaths

Human error of one sort or another plays a role in most of the fatal road accidents that occur in Arizona and around the country each year, and a recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests that driver negligence is largely responsible for a second consecutive year of sobering highway fatality figures. The federal safety agency reported on Oct. 6 that 37,461 people lost their lives in car accidents in 2016, and death rates among pedestrians and motorcyclists were particularly high.

Congress introduces sleep apnea regulations bill

Arizona truck drivers may be aware that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration tabled a rule that would have regulated sleep apnea screening criteria and treatment in mid-2017. In late September, Congressional Democrats in both the House and the Senate introduced bills that would force the FMCSA to create a sleep apnea screening rule.

The multiple ways drivers may be distracted

Arizona residents may like to multitask whenever possible. However, doing so in the car could increase their risk of getting into an distracted driving accident. The three types of distracted driving are manual, cognitive and visual. Texting while driving is considered especially dangerous because it incorporates elements of all three types of distractions. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, there were approximately 424,000 injuries attributed to distracted driving in 2013. However, as the information comes solely from police reports, there may be many more injuries related to distracted drivers.

Smaller cars cause more injuries in crashes

In Arizona and other states, people who own smaller cars are more at risk of having serious injuries in an auto accident. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that crashes involving small lightweight vehicles have twice the fatalities of large heavyweight automobiles.

Increased visibility reduces accident rates

Arizona residents who use their headlights while driving during the day may be at a lower risk of getting into an accident. This has been shown in research done in America, Canada and Europe. In Canada, there has been an 11 percent decrease in multi-car accidents when drivers used their headlights. In America, there was a 23 percent decrease in motorcycle accidents and a 10 percent reduction in accidents overall.

Fall season requires extra awareness for safe driving

From the deserts to the mountains in Arizona, autumn places new demands on drivers. The changing season alters driving conditions, and back-to-school activities increase traffic and the presence of pedestrians. Fall also entices tourists on to the highways to enjoy the scenery. To reduce the seasonal risks of accidents, conscientious drivers take care of simple vehicle maintenance tasks and exercise greater caution behind the wheel.

Wrist-worn device could help drowsy drivers

Arizona motorists who are concerned about falling asleep at the wheel might be able to buy a device called the Steer to prevent this. With drowsy driving the cause of up to 6,000 fatalities each year, the device's creators hope the roads will be safer if more drivers use it. The founder of the company that developed the device says he only became aware of the dangers of driving while fatigued after a friend hit a tree and broke a collarbone after he fell asleep at the wheel.

The dangers of driving on the Fourth of July

Arizona drivers were hopefully careful over the Fourth of July holiday. According to the insurance company Travelers, it is more dangerous in terms of motor vehicle accidents than Memorial Day or Labor Day. Furthermore, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that it is the deadliest day of the year on average. One of the reasons it is so dangerous is that it is one of the busiest days, and this means more drivers who are distracted, drowsy or under the influence.

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