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How drivers in Oklahoma can prevent accidents

There are many ways drivers in Oklahoma can help prevent car accidents, including following several safety tips that are known to decrease the chances of crashing. Even though most car accidents are preventable, car accidents are the leading cause of death for many people in the United States. Drivers who obey traffic laws, stay alert and avoid negligent driving actively make the roadways safer for everyone.

Teens see higher risk for crashes after obtaining license

Virginia Tech University and the National Institutes for Health have conducted a study comparing the risk for crashes and near-misses among teens who just obtained their license and teens who were nearing the end of adult supervision as drivers with permits. Oklahoma residents should know that teens licensed for three months or less raised that risk eight times compared to teens who were three months away from obtaining their license.

Memes can cause distracted driving in Oklahoma

Roughly 2,000 adults were asked to take part in a newly released Root Insurance study performed by Wakefield Research. Among all respondents, 99% said that cellphones are a top source of distraction. Of those individuals, 33% said that they used their devices to look at memes while driving. Other common distractions related to smartphone use included participating in group chats and watching streaming videos.

Self-driving cars could be dangerous

Many Oklahoma motorists are intrigued by the potential presented by self-driving cars. Autonomous vehicle technology could help to eliminate traffic congestion and reduce serious accidents. A number of companies in the tech and auto industries have embraced the potential of the technology, investing millions to develop self-driving cars. While autonomous technologies are being promoted for their potential to increase safety, some worry that they may not be ready for deployment on public roadways.

Survey finds Americans love using cellphones while driving

Drivers in Oklahoma and across the United States are having difficulty putting their cellphones down when they get behind the wheel, according to a new survey by The Travelers Companies. The survey, entitled the 2019 Travelers Risk Index, was conducted with the assistance of Hart Research.

Distractions increase chances of highway zone crash 29 times

Drivers in Oklahoma, as elsewhere, can become distracted by their passengers or by their phones. A vehicle going 55 mph will travel the length of a football field in five seconds, and the average text takes five seconds to read, so it is clear that distracted driving is dangerous. A new study has shown that it is especially dangerous in highway work zones: A distracted driver's risk for a collision or near-collision goes up 29 times in these zones.

The process to follow after a car crash

A car accident can occur in Oklahoma at any time. Someone who is involved in an accident should stop at the scene and render assistance by calling 911. Ideally, an individual will not touch anyone or move a vehicle unless safety is an issue. Instead, anyone involved in a crash will start documenting the scene by taking pictures or writing down notes.

Many patients with optic nerve tumors get misdiagnosed

For patients in Oklahoma with optic nerve sheath meningiomas, it can be difficult to obtain an appropriate diagnosis. These tumors of the optic nerves are non-cancerous and considered benign, but they can grow rapidly and have severe effects on a patient's quality of life. In many cases, people with these kinds of tumors get diagnosed with another illness or no illness at all. As a result, they received inaccurate and unnecessary treatments, some of which come with serious side effects.

Effort to reduce speeding-related deaths is failing

According to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), excessive speed is a major factor in around 33 percent of all traffic accidents with fatalities. Despite speeding being a persistent danger for drivers in Oklahoma and throughout the country, the issue receives little attention. Speeding is looked at as an acceptable driving tactic by much of the public, signaling that more needs to be done to make people aware of the problem.

Distracted driving increases with riskier use of handheld phones

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released a study comparing distracted driving rates between 2014 and 2018 and found that different forms of distraction are more prevalent than before. Oklahoma drivers should know that more drivers are using their phones for activities other than talking.

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