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Three cars get top rating from IIHS

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has added three vehicles to its list of the highest rated in terms of crash safety. Oklahoma drivers who are shopping for full-size cars may therefore want to consider the Toyota Avalon, Mercedes-Benz E-Class or the Lincoln Continental. Each of these cars received Top Safety Pick Plus designations from the IIHS.

Seat belt use a key factor in fatal accidents involving children

Motorists on Oklahoma roads are required to ensure that all of their child passengers are securely restrained by safety belts, harnesses or child seats, but figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggest that law enforcement may not be doing enough to enforce this. Data from the agency's Fatality Analysis Reporting System was used by researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Harvard University to study fatal accidents involving children under the age of 15, and they found that strict seat belt laws and rigorous enforcement efforts play a crucial role in reducing child mortality rates.

PSTD resulting from car crashes

When Oklahoma residents in a severe car accident, they may suffer grievous injuries or have someone that they love die. In these situations, along with physical harm, people may also end up suffering mental harm and develop a condition like post traumatic stress disorder.

Popular social media app linked to high-speed crashes

A social media messaging application used by thousands of Oklahoma residents has been connected with high-speed traffic accidents by police in at least two states. Snapchat has become wildly popular especially among young people largely because it allows its users to enhance the photographs and videos they upload with unique filters, but a feature that overlays a miles per hour reading on uploaded content has been slammed by both law enforcement agencies and road safety advocates. Critics of the feature say that drivers are disregarding speed limits and placing other road users in danger to impress their friends and increase their online followings.

Safety technology improving in years ahead

Drivers over 50 in Oklahoma and throughout the United States may make car safety technology a priority in the years ahead based on a survey from the MIT AgeLab and the insurance company the Hartford. According to their study, among drivers older than 50 who were going to purchase a new vehicle in the next two years, 75 percent planned to make safety technology a top priority. This is in contrast to two years ago when only around a third of drivers in the same age group had the same priority.

Falling fatality rates in Oklahoma buck national trend

A report released by the National Safety Council revealed that Oklahoma was one of only 14 states that showed a decrease in road deaths during the first six months of 2015 compared with the same period in 2014. A decrease was also observed in the District of Columbia. However, figures for the country as a whole showed that fatalities were up by 14 percent and serious injuries by 30 percent.

Hands-free cellphone use is dangerous while driving

Most Oklahoma drivers are aware of the dangers of driving while talking or texting on a handheld cellphone. However, there are still many people who believe that using a hands-free device is a safe way to talk and drive. Though hands-free technology may be safer than using a handheld cellphone, it is still a dangerous distraction that can lead to accidents.

NHTSA announces automatic brakes deal with automakers

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that automatic braking systems that experts say could save thousands of lives every year will be standard equipment on virtually all light vehicles sold in Oklahoma and around the country by 2022. The safety agency made the announcement in Virginia on March 18 after reaching a deal with auto manufacturers that produce virtually all of the cars, SUVs, pickup trucks and minivans sold in America. The list of participating car makers includes Ford, General Motors, Chrysler Fiat, BMW, Mercedes, Honda and Toyota. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is also supporting the initiative.

Decision by NHTSA clears obstacle for self-driving cars

Oklahoma motorists who have followed the progress of the development of self-driving cars may be interested in a decision by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration that clears some obstacles out of the way. According to a Feb. 4 letter from the NHTSA to Google, under federal law, the driver in autonomous vehicles will be considered to be the software that does the decision-making.

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