Connecticut drivers and anyone else who is out on the road as a pedestrian or cyclist know that there are dangers everywhere. With the number of drivers who are operating their vehicle while distracted, are drowsy, drive under the influence, and operate their vehicles recklessly or negligently, an auto accident can happen in a split-second and cause terrible injuries and fatalities. Other factors can come into play when there is an auto accident, some being due to outside influences over which people have little control. One that is relevant this time of the year is daylight saving time.
Learning to drive is important to teens in Connecticut and across the nation. For their parents and others on the road, safety is of grave concern as these young drivers often lack the experience older drivers have. Studies examine these issues and provide information as to the riskiest behaviors of teens. New research hammers home the danger of being a distracted driver, but not in the way many may believe it occurs.
Encountering a distracted driver can lead to an auto accident with injuries and death. This is true throughout Connecticut and across the nation. The dangers of texting and driving and other distracting behaviors behind the wheel are obvious. Simply looking away from the road for an instant can cause a crash. With the amount of concentration required to send and read text messages, read emails, surf the Internet and multitask, it is easy to hit another vehicle or a pedestrian, go into the opposite lane of traffic, run off the road and more. Research is useful to understand the statistics for these accidents, and a new study says that certain parts of Connecticut have higher risk for distracted driving crashes in the state.
Connecticut drivers, law enforcement and legislators are keenly aware of the dangers of encountering a distracted driver. When there is a car accident, it is nearly automatic that the first thought will be that it was due to a distracted driver. Research is examining the issue to delve deeper into it to understand who does it most often. One study examined age-related demographics and came to some interesting conclusions as to who is distracted behind the wheel.
Distracted driving is a problem in Connecticut and across the entire nation. Studies are an important factor in determining why drivers insist on doing it and under what circumstances it happens. This information can be useful when trying to put a stop to it. One study says that an unexpected group that engages in distracted driving is parents and caregivers with young children in the vehicle with them.
In the world today, it goes without saying that Connecticut drivers should be completely alert and aware of the potential dangers of crossing paths with a distracted driver. In the past, that might have been limited to cellphone use with the driver making calls or texting and driving. Then, as technology advanced, drivers were increasingly using smartphones for other purposes including navigation apps, surfing the web and social media. All are dangerous. Now, there is a growing number of people who are using infotainment systems that is placed in their vehicle. Understanding how this can affect driving safely is imperative when on the road.
There are many different vehicles that will be on the road throughout Connecticut and their operators must be vigilant and watch out for one another. Especially vulnerable are those on motorcycles, scooters and bicycles. Even when the rider is taking all the necessary precautions and wearing protective gear, there can still be serious injury and death when there is a crash with a car. People who have been hurt when riding a scooter, and those who have lost a loved one in a crash involving one, should know they have the right to seek compensation in a legal filing.
Distracted driving is a known danger on the roads in Connecticut and throughout the nation. States are trying to find methods to discourage the practice from education to penalties. However, drivers are still using their smartphones when behind the wheel at a troublesome rate and it is causing accidents with serious injuries and fatalities. New information is constantly being accrued to determine the scope of the problem and a recent study from Zendrive shows that the level of distracted driving is far worse than previously thought.
When out and about in Connecticut whether it is as a driver, a bicyclist, a pedestrian or in any other capacity, there are inherent dangers that must be considered. One that has become increasingly problematic is encountering a distracted driver. While legislators and law enforcement are seeking ways to reduce the danger of people being in a car accident due to a distracted driver, it still happens with troubling regularity.
Statistics can be useful to determine whether strategies government agencies, law enforcement and car manufacturers take to reduce auto accident fatalities are working. For Connecticut drivers, it is important to keep track of these numbers to know what to look out for when out on the road. When the annual statistics for fatal auto accidents are released, even a reduction must be put into context. Such is the case with the latest numbers from the National Safety Council (NSC) for 2017.