Although it's always an underlying consideration, most Arizona drivers seldom dwell on the possibility of becoming involved in a motor vehicle accident. Driving is such an everyday, common part of people's lives, it's natural to be complacent about highway safety. And, in fact, the statistics regarding accidents show our nation's roads are becoming safer in recent years as compared to previous times. However, there is one menace that should never be accepted at any level, and that is the needless damage and destruction posed by drunk driving.
The auto insurance comparison site Insurify recently conducted a survey regarding the accident frequency of newer model cars. The Subaru Crosstrek was deemed the worst, being involved in more at-fault crashes in Arizona and across the U.S. than any other car. However, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek has also garnered the highest safety rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.
A total of 3,166 Americans died in 2017 due to crashes caused by distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Arizona drivers are expected to be attentive to the road at all times, and everything from phone use to eating and drinking can prevent them from doing that. Therefore, avoiding these distractions is paramount. Teaching one's teenage children to avoid them is equally important.
Drivers of large commercial trucks in Arizona may soon be able to drive longer without having to stop for a rest. This is because the federal Department of Transportation intends to relax its regulations pertaining to the number of hours truck drivers are able to work. The move is something for which the trucking industry has been advocate for some time. However, safety advocates oppose the move as they believe that it will weaken the federal guidelines and will result in fatigue-related safety hazards.
Drivers in Arizona who wish to improve their safety on the roads should be aware of safety tips that can make a big difference in the prevention of car accidents. Even though they are often preventable, car accidents in the United States are currently the leading cause of death in people between two and 34 years old.
Arizona residents might think that teen drivers become safer the longer they drive under adult supervision and that they become especially so once they have obtained their license, but it seems that the opposite is true. Virginia Tech University and the National Institutes for Health conducted a study comparing the driving of teens who had been licensed for three months to that of teens who were three months away from obtaining a license.
The state has recently undergone a major change in its traffic safety laws. Last month, the governor signed a bill banning the use of handheld cellphones while driving. Today, we’ll discuss the basics of this new law.
Both the Truck Safety Coalition and Road Safe American have joined forces to reduce trucking accidents in Arizona and across the United States. The safety groups sent a letter to Congress to encourage lawmakers to pass legislation that would require automatic emergency braking systems and speed limiters to be installed and used on all heavy-duty trucks. The groups say that they have been trying for 12 years to get the measures passed.
In 2017, there were over 127,000 motor vehicle accidents in Arizona. Almost 5,000 of these accidents were caused by a driver impaired by alcohol. According to a report by the Arizona Department of Transportation, these accidents resulted in the deaths of 320 people. Being aware of drunk drivers and driving defensively can help motorists avoid accidents and protect themselves.
Compared to a few years ago, driving in Arizona and around the country has become more dangerous. According to a report from the National Safety Council, traffic fatalities have gone up nationwide by 14 percent since 2014. In 2018, approximately 4.5 million people suffered serious injuries in motor vehicle crashes. Automotive safety technology that detects other vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists could reduce accidents, but the council's interim president and CEO said that the United States needs to adopt a culture of safe driving as well.