Drowsy driving is a big problem on the roads of Oklahoma and across the United States, according to a new study. In fact, sleepy drivers may cause up to 10 times the number of car accidents as previously thought.
Oklahoma drivers should know that speeding may be the main culprit behind the recent rise in traffic deaths. The National Transportation Safety Board has found that 112,580 Americans were killed in speeding accidents between 2005 and 2014. This accounted for 31 percent of all traffic deaths. By way of comparison, 112,948 were killed in drunk driving accidents.
Many drivers in Oklahoma fail to properly yield to traffic. It's important to understand that there are laws designating which drivers have the right-of-way and who needs to yield. Once these laws are understood, then drivers can avoid accidents as well as tickets and fines.
Both drivers and traffic engineers in Oklahoma and across the country have plenty to be concerned about when it comes to traffic intersections. When two or more roads come together and head off in different directions, the junction point can create a dangerous place as cars barrel towards each other in opposite directions, sometimes at elevated speeds. This means that intersections are often a place for fatal accidents or devastating injuries.
Car accidents are always a concern when drivers in Oklahoma take to the road, especially with the threat of drunk, distracted or otherwise dangerous drivers. Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous activities while behind the wheel as recognized by the overwhelming majority of survey recipients in a study conducted across the United States by Harris Poll. There are a number of threats to people on the roadway, and these can be escalated by changes such as marijuana legalization and the growing use of smartphones and 24/7 connectivity.
Though Pokémon Go is starting to fade as a gaming phenomenon, that doesn't mean that it has stopped posing safety concerns. Residents of Oklahoma and across the U.S. probably remember the reports of players being injured because they were so engrossed in the game. Two professors from Purdue University have conducted a study that shows how distracted driving has created a worrisome trend among Pokémon Go players.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, there are more than 5.7 million accidents on the road each year, and over 1.3 million of them are weather-related. Winter being the most dangerous season of all, drivers in Oklahoma should make sure that they're prepared every time it rolls around.
Traffic accident deaths in Oklahoma and around the country have been on the rise, but a growing number of lawmakers and road safety advocacy groups believe that autonomous vehicles may one day solve the problem. The goal of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Road to Zero campaign, which was launched in October 2016, is to eliminate road deaths entirely during the next three decades, and both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Congress have taken action to ease the regulatory burden on companies involved in the development of self-driving cars.
Oklahoma drivers may be interested to know that the size of their vehicle plays an important role in traffic accidents. Larger vehicles typically endure accidents better small cars, particularly if the accident is a collision between large and small vehicles.
Progressive Insurance recently released the results of a survey in which over 90 percent of respondents said that distracted driving should be made illegal. Overall, 65 percent of those who responded to the survey felt that texting or looking at a phone was a major cause of traffic accidents in Oklahoma and throughout the country. However, over a third of respondents also said that they felt they could safely text while driving.