Incidents of distracted driving are increasing in Oklahoma and across the U.S. An analysis of driving data by Cambridge Mobile Telematics shows that American drivers engaged in distracted driving during 36 percent of trips in a tested six-month period. This represents a 5 percent increase over the same test period last year.
While Tesla is rightfully considered a pioneer in self-driving vehicle technology, that technology still has a long way to go before it can be proven safe. A recent accident in Utah illustrates this fact. The driver of a Tesla Model S crashed into a fire truck and broke her ankle because, even though the Autopilot program was on, she was looking down at her phone. The reaction to this accident, or, rather, to the news coverage it received, should make residents of Oklahoma wonder about Tesla's priorities.
Oklahoma residents may be aware that the increase in distracted driving accidents has largely been blamed on the proliferation of smartphones and other electronic devices, but a study released by Erie Insurance suggests that drivers who daydream or become lost in thought while behind the wheel may be a far more serious road safety hazard. The Pennsylvania-based insurer determined that distraction was the cause of about 10 percent of America's road fatalities over the last five years, but cellphone use was cited as the distracting influence only 14 percent of the time.
If a person in Oklahoma does anything while in a vehicle to take his or her focus off of the road, it is considered distracted driving. For instance, if a person is eating, drinking or on a cellphone, that driver is not fully focused on the task of driving safely. Those who send or read text messages will take their eyes off of the road for five seconds.
The soft tissues refer to the non-bony parts of the body like the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. These can be stretched to the point of injury through any sudden, uncontrolled movement, which explains why they often result from car collisions. Drivers in Oklahoma will want to know more about the symptoms of soft tissue strain, sprains, and tears because they cannot be detected by any X-ray and are hard to diagnose.
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.