Following a dramatic rise in pedestrian fatalities in 2015 and 2016, preliminary figures indicate that there was a drop of only one half of 1 percent in pedestrian deaths in 2017. The Governor's Highway Safety Administration, which issued this recent report, estimated that 5,984 pedestrians were killed in car accidents last year based on its review of statistics for the first part of the year.
Indiana residents may be concerned to hear that preliminary estimates from a national safety advocacy group indicate that there were 40,100 deaths from car accidents in this country in 2017. Although this was a 1 percent decline compared to 2016, the 2017 figures are still 6 percent greater than the number of fatal auto accident victims reported in 2015.
Driving while fatigued increases the risk of car accidents. In fact, a recent report issued by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety indicated that drowsy driving caused more car accidents in this country than estimated earlier.
Motorists and passengers can suffer personal injury in car accidents caused by another negligent or reckless driver. Defective equipment can also be potentially dangerous. GM is conducting a review after a Consumer Reports investigation claimed that hundreds of sunroofs from numerous vehicle manufacturers shattered without warning across the country.
Safety technology currently exists that can prevent car accidents and save lives, according to the recent release of a safety report on the adoption of 16 fundamental safety laws by the states. However, traffic fatalities have continued because states have not adopted these measures.
The dangers of a car accident associated with using a cellphone, sending text messages or taking part in other activities while driving have been researched and documented for many years. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently released the first research conducted in 10 years on the health effects of distracted driving which revealed even more dangers.
The changes to federal tax laws have created confusion, protest and celebration. More drunk driving car accidents may be another unexpected result.
Distracted driving activities, such as texting and driving, have led to an increase in car accidents across the country. Remarkably, GM has developed technology that will allow drivers to shop while they drive.
The holiday shopping season increases the underestimated danger that parking lots hold for pedestrians. Each year, parking lots and structures are the scene of over 50,000 car accidents. These cause at least 500 fatalities and over 60,000 injuries in this country annually.
Everyone seems to take a selfie at most every occasion. There are apparently no limits to this trend because drivers are taking their eyes off the road for selfies and increasing the risks of car accidents.