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Prevention of car accidents can avoid injuries and death

One of the most common ways in which Pennsylvanians suffer injuries and death is in car accidents. The roads can be a dangerous place for drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. While it is important to know what steps to take after a crash, it can also be useful to understand how to prevent these auto accidents from happening.

Safety technologies reduce car crashes, study shows

Many people in Pennsylvania are excited about the potential of automated safety features to significantly reduce the number of dangerous crashes on the roadway. Automatic emergency braking and other high-level safety technologies have reduced rear-end collisions by 46%, according to a study released by General Motors. Reverse automatic braking reduced the likelihood of back-out collisions by 81% when installed, according to the report. Safety experts said that using these technologies could make for safer roadways for everyone. They also said that the more autonomous technologies were installed on a vehicle, the greater the level of safety improvement.

Steering clear of distracting activities while behind the wheel

Each year, thousands of people in Pennsylvania get injured in car crashes that involve a distracted driver. Everything from phone use to eating and drinking can take a driver's attention from the road. That's why these distracting activities should be avoided. Drivers should put their phones on "do not disturb" mode and only call after pulling over to the side of the road.

NHTSA estimates a 1% decline in traffic fatalities in 2018

Pennsylvania drivers should know that the number of motor vehicle crash fatalities has been decreasing since 2016. In 2017, a total of 37,133 died in these crashes, which represented a 2% decrease from the previous year. Now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates in a preliminary report that there were 36,750 such fatalities in 2018, a decrease of about 1%.

Reducing the risks of road travel

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death in Pennsylvania and around the country for people between 2 and 34 years of age. Most people killed on the nation's roads each year die in accidents caused by some sort of human error. The most common cause of these crashes is reckless driving behavior such as exceeding posted speed limits, following other vehicles too closely or attempting unsafe passing maneuvers.

NIH: crash risk goes up once teen drivers are licensed

The National Institutes for Health, together with Virginia Tech University, has analyzed the driving of 90 teens to determine their risk for a crash or near-miss before and after they obtain their license. Teens were monitored from the time they obtained their learner's permit to the end of their first year as licensed drivers. Pennsylvania residents may be startled to hear the results.

"Sleep Suit" from Ford simulates experience of drowsy drivers

March 15 was designated as World Sleep Day. For this day, Ford highlighted the dangers of drowsy driving through a special "Sleep Suit" that provides individuals with a simulation of what lack of sleep does to drivers' cognitive abilities. Drowsiness is a major factor in 1 in 5 road accidents in Pennsylvania and throughout the U.S., and being awake for 18 hours or more can lead to the same level of impairment as that produced by alcohol intoxication.

Kids and car accidents: tragic ends to tiny lives

Surely, Pennsylvania parents are somewhat aware of the sort of harm that can befall a child if the family vehicle is involved in a crash. Most parents go out of their way to ensure that traveling with kids in the car goes as smoothly and safely as possible. Unfortunately, kids are still at risk of being killed in car accidents even if Mom or Dad isn't behind the wheel. 

Car accidents caused by flying debris can cause serious injury

When Pennsylvania drivers think about serious car crashes, they may assume that two or more vehicles have collided. While this can certainly be the case, in some car accidents, injuries or death may be caused by debris from another vehicle. Recently, such a scenario caused serious injuries to five people. 

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