Encountering a distracted driver is something people throughout Pennsylvania will experience quite often these days. The problem is so widespread that law enforcement and legislators are constantly seeking strategies to stop it. Regardless of the danger and potential penalties for texting and driving and taking part in other distracting behaviors behind the wheel, drivers continue to do it. Research is also imperative to understanding the behavior and trying to stop it. One new survey for Volvo provided some surprising results as to which demographic is prone to distracted driving.
The problem of drivers being distracted is prevalent. Now, studies seek to examine the phenomenon to devise ways to put a stop to it. Worryingly, a new study indicates that adults are even texting and driving while they have children in the vehicle with them. Those who suffer serious injuries or lose a loved one in an auto accident should be cognizant of these studies as it may be used when seeking compensation in a legal filing.
An auto accident in Schuylkill can occur in many different circumstances. There can be a negligent driver, a reckless driver, a driver under the influence, or a driver who was distracted behind the wheel. Any of these behaviors - individually or in combination - can lead to a crash with injuries and fatalities. Some of these accidents, however, happen because of being in the wrong place at the wrong time such as when there is a law enforcement vehicle or an emergency vehicle speeding to a scene. For those who have been in such an unfortunate incident, having legal assistance to consider a lawsuit is imperative.
Although summer generally makes for safer road and driving conditions, motorists must not become complacent. Plenty of car accidents happen during the summer months in Pennsylvania. Rain, holiday celebrations, greater numbers of motorcycles, and more weekend traffic congestion are all factors that contribute to summertime accidents. For this reason, it is important for drivers to be aware of hazards on the state's roads all year long.
In Pennsylvania, there are usually a higher number of crashes and driving under the influence (DUI) arrests on the Fourth of July than during a typical, non-holiday period. According to the Pennsylvania State Police, this year's Independence Day holiday was no exception. In spite of the elevated numbers of car accidents and DUIs in the Keystone State, there still were fewer such incidents in 2018 than there were in 2017.
The Fourth of July is a holiday that people in Pennsylvania often celebrate by hoisting an adult beverage or two. In that alone, there is absolutely nothing wrong. However, it does become a problem when someone who has had too much to drink or is under the influence of another substance gets behind the wheel of a car and starts to drive. In the Keystone State and across the country, car accidents caused by drunk and impaired drivers are often deadly.
Pennsylvania has one the largest populations in the United States, which translates to a lot of motorists on the roads, streets and highways of the Keystone State. According to a survey conducted by the website WalletHub, Pennsylvania also happens to have a less than stellar score when it comes to road safety. The state ranked 31st among all states (Minnesota scored highest, Arizona scored lowest).
In less than 12 months, a string of accidents, including at least one in Pennsylvania, has placed self-driving vehicle technology under considerable scrutiny. This comes at the same time as the Keystone State has opened its roads to testing of such technology (although it was halted after a fatal Arizona crash involving a semi-autonomous Uber vehicle in March). Although the technology may yet be a positive for motorists, passengers and the transportation industry, the recent spate of car accidents have shaken public confidence.
Usually warmer weather means that there will be more motorcyclists on the roads, highways and turnpikes in Pennsylvania. Although motorcyclists often ride more frequently during non-winter months, traffic fatalities involving motorcycles still account for a significant percentage of all motor vehicle deaths in the Keystone State. This is because riders are far more vulnerable than their counterparts in other types of vehicles, so motorcycles involved in a car crash tend to have deadlier consequences.
Distracted driving has been on the rise in Pennsylvania and across the United States. Traffic safety experts report that distracted driving is a factor in more than eight out of every 10 car accidents in the nation. Inattentive driving is responsible for more than 3,000 traffic deaths each year across the country.