Around 40,000 people died in car accidents in 2018. According to the National Safety Council, safety features on motor vehicles and a culture that encourages driving safely can make a difference. There are several steps that California drivers can take to make their time on the road safer.
Red-light running crashes resulted in a 10-year high in fatalities with 939 people dying in them in 2017. California residents should know that more than two people die every day in this country in red-light running crashes. Yet a AAA Traffic Safety Culture Index shows that there is a disconnect between what drivers think and what they do. Eighty-five percent acknowledged that red-light running is wrong, yet nearly a third admitted to doing it in the past 30 days.
California drivers of all ages continue to drive while using their phones to send texts and emails or browse the internet. Despite widespread campaigns highlighting the dangers of distracted driving, people continue to take their minds and eyes off the road in order to pay attention to their smartphones. A survey by Liberty Mutual Insurance highlighted that drivers across the country consider themselves to be safe drivers while engaging in unsafe behaviors. Almost all respondents to the Multi-National Distracted Driving Survey, 98%, said that they consider themselves to be safe drivers. At the same time, they admitted to a number of unsafe activities. Almost half of the respondents regularly admitted driving while distracted.
Drivers in California and elsewhere are more distracted than ever before, and more car accidents are happening as a result. In 2017, at least 3,166 people were killed in distracted driving car crashes across the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, there are several things drivers can do to help reduce their risk of becoming distracted while behind the wheel.
California has the third-highest number of fatal accidents involving senior drivers in the U.S., according to a new study by TheSeniorList.com. The purpose of the study, which used data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, was to determine which states have the worst senior drivers.
A study published in Traffic Injury Prevention found that women are more likely to get hurt in a car crash. This is true even when they are wearing seat belts. Ultimately, the data indicates that women are 73% more likely than men to be hurt in a front-end collision. Researchers analyzed data from 22,854 front-end collisions that were reported to police in California and throughout the country. These accidents occurred between 1998 and 2015 involving roughly an equal number of males and females.
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that the worst U.S. holiday for drunk driving fatalities is Independence Day. This is followed by Memorial Day, Labor Day, New Year's, Thanksgiving and Christmas, respectively. The Fourth of July saw 1,192 DUI fatalities between 2010 and 2017, followed by Memorial Day with 1,105. California residents should know that certain factors make Independence Day especially deadly.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that drunk driving crashes led to 11,000 fatalities and over 200,000 injury cases in 2017. About 29% of all roadway fatalities in California and across the U.S. are due to drunk driving. At a congressional hearing, the president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving called for automakers to use more of the available technologies to stop this epidemic.
Tesla owners in California may be interested to learn that the automaker's newly updated Autopilot feature might not be entirely safe. According to a recent review by Consumer Reports that was published on May 22, it's easier to drive manually than use the automated feature.
California motorists should keep the date July 14 in mind because that will mark the start of the 2019 Operation Safe Driver Week. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will have law enforcement officials across North America searching for speeding commercial and passenger drivers, and those who are stopped may be issued a warning or citation.