The majority of car accidents today are caused by what is classified as a distracted driver. However, in addition to that title, there are a few others that may classify a driver as well. These classifications can carry differing punishments and consequences. So, what is the difference between a distracted driver, a negligent driver, and a reckless driver?
Most bicycle versus car accidents involve children. This is because 1) children are often riding bicycles since it's one of the only modes of transportation available to them, and 2) children are less capable of avoiding car crashes.
Hundreds of thousands of bicycle collisions happen every year in the state of California, resulting in more than a hundred annual fatalities. While many of these happen when both the motor vehicle and the bicycle are in motion, many happen when the vehicle is parked, and the key is out of the ignition.
California residents may not know that the period between Memorial Day and the first day back to school marks what is unofficially labeled the "100 deadliest days" of summer for teen drivers. The season is labeled as such because over 1,000 people have died yearly for the past five years during this period, and industry groups are concerned that the situation has gotten extremely dangerous due to teens' use of texting and social media while driving.
California motorists who plan to travel during the 2016 Memorial Day weekend might be surprised to learn the large amount of vehicle-related deaths and injuries that the National Safety Council estimates will occur. According to reports, the NSC has estimated that more than 50,000 people will be severely injured in vehicle-related accidents and 439 will die. If these estimates come to pass, the 2016 Memorial Day holiday will experience more fatalities since 2009, when 469 crash-related deaths occurred.
Auto insurance companies in California and around the country could have much to lose if the predictions made by autonomous vehicle makers prove to be accurate. Companies like Tesla and Google say that self-driving cars will make the roads safer by eliminating the human error that causes most traffic accidents, and the Swedish car maker Volvo believes that the technology could make its passenger vehicles virtually death proof by 2020.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration monitors the trends in traffic fatalities by analyzing accident reports. In the first nine months of 2014, there were 23,796 traffic deaths, and in the first nine months of 2015 the agency has estimated there were over 26,000 deaths. This means that traffic fatalities were up 9.3 percent nationwide for the first time after years of declining steadily.
The state of California has put forth a proposal that self-driving cars will need to have a licensed driver in the vehicle as well as a steering wheel. However, manufacturers say that such regulations are slowing down the development of the vehicles, and they may be getting assistance from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
One automaker may have found the answer to making California highways safer: Take control of a motor vehicle away from the driver. Volvo has predicted that auto accident fatalities in its vehicles can be eliminated by 2020 through the incorporationof autonomous technologies that will compensate for a distracted driver in order to avoid a car collision.
On Jan. 13, the National Transportation Safety Board announced its Most Wanted list for 2016 at the 95th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board. It features 10 issues that the agency wants to see addressed in the coming year. The current list contains four issues that were part of the list in 2015 and six new issues included for this year. One of the top priorities is to add collision-avoidance technology for vehicles as well as reduce fatigue-related car accidents in California and around the country.