Blind spot monitoring systems, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist and other advanced driver assistance systems have the potential to dramatically improve safety on the nation's roadways. However, a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety showed that the hope to limit car accidents is limited by driver misuse and misunderstanding of this technology.
Distracted driving has grown as a fatal danger on the nation's roads. By impairing a driver's performance and slowing down reaction times, it is a major cause of car accidents. In fact, a survey of high school students in 35 states indicated that 38 percent of teenage drivers engaged in texting or emailing at least once when they drove, according to a recent report in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
Speeding through a yellow light and driving through a traffic light that just turned red is unacceptable, but it is common motorist behavior. Fatalities from car accidents caused by red-light-running increased by 17 percent between 2012 and 2016, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Driving with inadequate sleep is a major cause of car accidents in Indiana and throughout the nation. Its impact on public health is significant because a fatigued motorist may be as dangerous as a drunk driver, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But, states are struggling to find ways to combat this problem.
A few years ago, drunk driving across the country was dropping because of better enforcement and education and using measures such as ignition interlock devices. However, Indiana residents may be concerned to hear that recent years show a disturbing trend where fatal car accidents involving a drunk driver are rising again.
Pedestrians and bicyclists in Indiana face the risk of injuries from car accidents. This was recently brought to light when a 47-year-old bicyclist defied the odds by being struck twice by different hit-and-run motorists over nine days in Logansport, Indiana, last month.
Drunk driving has been a major factor in car accidents in Indiana and throughout the country. However, a recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Administration and funded by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility revealed the increasing danger of drivers who use marijuana and opioids.