If any Ohio drivers wonder if those fancy automatic emergency braking systems actually work, the answer is an emphatic yes, according to a new study. The study was conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and focused on General Motors vehicles.
According to the National Safety Council, there are 23 possible factors in car crashes that police officers must be able to report on. However, all 50 states and Washington, D.C., fail to include fields or codes for reporting all of these critical factors. This is the conclusion of a report entitled, "Undercounted is Underinvested: How Incomplete Crash Reports Impact Efforts to Save Lives." Ohio residents may want to know the details.
Teens in Ohio can be risky drivers. They lack car control experience, are prone to distractions and sometimes display poor judgment. Because of this, they can endanger themselves and others on the road.
For some Ohio drivers, sharing the road with tractor-trailers and other large commercial trucks can be a harrowing experience. When passenger cars are involved in crashes with much larger trucks, those riding in smaller vehicles are far more likely to suffer severe injuries or death. The traffic statistics for 2017 could underline the danger. Even as overall fatalities due to traffic accidents dropped by 1.8 percent in 2017, the number of deaths in collisions involving large trucks increased by 9 percent.
Many Ohio motorists may think they are excellent drivers, but research shows that while this view is common, it is often unsupported. For decades, research has found that people tend to think their driving is above average regardless of their record.
Distracted driving continues to present a major problem on roadways in Ohio and across the United States. During 2015, according to statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 391,000 people suffered injuries and 3,477 people died in distracted driving car accidents. The NHTSA includes any activity that pulls the motorist's attention from the task of driving in the definition of distracted driving. People can avoid distracted driving themselves by taking a few precautions.
Drowsy driving is a big problem on roadways in Ohio and throughout the United States. It's dangerous because it results in several different risky behaviors, including reduced attentiveness, slow reaction times and poor judgment. Sleepiness or fatigue on the road is caused by untreated sleep disorders, overwork, medications and alcohol. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that in 2013, there were 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries and 800 deaths caused by drowsy driving.
Distracted driving involves more than cellphones, navigation systems and other modern devices. Sometimes, a driver is simply distracted in their mind. They may be sleepy, grappling with a personal dilemma or lost in deep thought when they should be paying attention to the road.
Many of the cars and trucks driven in Ohio include an assortment of safety features. Even so, there's always the risk of human error and outside factors that can contribute to collisions. In some cases, it's the vehicle itself that doesn't offer sufficient protection in the event of an accident. Insurance loss statistics compiled by the Highway Loss Data Institute, or HLDI, shed some light on which particular cars and trucks are most likely to be associated with crash-related injuries.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has shown that in 2017, there were 37,150 fatalities on the nation's roads. This makes for a 10 percent increase over 2014, and while public safety officials have not definitively made the link, it appears that the rising use of smartphones and infotainment systems may be partly responsible. Drivers in Ohio will want to know about some recent studies that have been made regarding the effect of technology on drivers.