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Posts tagged "Motor Vehicle Accidents"

Accidental injuries are a leading cause of death

For people age 44 and under, the leading cause of death is accidental injury. This may come as a surprise to many Arizona residents. According to 2016 statistics, however, 61,749 Americans in the aforementioned age group died due to unintended incidents of various types. This amounts to nearly twice as many as from cancer and heart disease combined. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted two primary types of accidental deaths: motor vehicle crashes and unintentional poisonings.

How drivers can stay safe in bright sunlight

Bright sunlight in the early morning or late afternoon can create visual illusions, hurt drivers' eyes and reduce reaction times. The risk for a life-threatening car crash actually goes up 16 percent in bright sunlight when compared to normal weather. That's why drivers in Arizona will want to consider the following tips for staying safe during such conditions.

Arizona drivers should be aware of distracted driving

According to safety advocates, distracted driving is becoming a major problem throughout Arizona and the rest of the country. In fact, a recent AAA poll shows that 88 percent of motorists consider distracted driving to be the most significant danger on the nation's roadways. This is a real threat because an ever-increasing number of drivers rely heavily on cell phones.

Vehicle crash deaths down, large truck fatalities up

Overall, Arizona motorists can appreciate that there has been a recent decline in the number of crash fatalities for most types of vehicles. This is the basic takeaway from the data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that compares crash statistics from 2016 and 2017. The most notable exception with the various stats reported by the NHTSA is with collisions involving large trucks as well as accidents in urban areas.

AAA says drivers are overconfident in their car safety tech

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has released a study showing how drivers in Arizona and across the U.S. are relying too much on advanced car safety features like adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring. This technology is meant to assist, rather than replace, drivers, and it can backfire and put drivers at risk when the limitations are not properly understood.

Results of the 2018 International Roadcheck are in

From June 5 to 7, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance held its annual International Roadcheck to see if commercial vehicles and their drivers complied with safety guidelines. A total of 67,502 roadside inspections were conducted this year, 45,400 of which were the comprehensive Level I inspection. The results of those inspections have been released, and truckers in Arizona will want to know what violations were most common.

Hospital tours used to raise teen awareness of unsafe driving

Arizona parents with youthful drivers in the family are likely aware that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers. Teens are more prone to reckless behaviors behind the wheel than any other demographic. Statistics show that teens are more likely to text, drive at excess speeds and use mind-altering substances than other age groups. Because of these facts, insurance companies and other groups interested in saving teen lives are trying some novel approaches.

Arizona school bus accidents often caused by impatient drivers

More than 300 children in the U.S. were killed between 2006 and 2015 in motor vehicle accidents involving school buses. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it was often passenger vehicle drivers who caused the collisions. These accidents occur because school buses make frequent stops, which increase commute times and frustrate motorists. Road safety experts urge drivers to take school buses into consideration when planning their journeys and either avoid busy roads entirely by taking more circuitous routes or leave earlier to account for stop-and-go traffic.

Drowsy driving: how to recognize and prevent it

Arizona drivers who work long shifts or get less than seven hours of sleep are at a high risk for drowsy driving. Drowsy driving is widespread, causing around 328,000 crashes a year, according to a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The same study found that 109,000 of those crashes caused injuries and 6,400 fatalities.

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