Drivers in New York may own a car with the latest safety features like lane-keeping assist, which helps prevent lane drifting, and adaptive cruise control, which accelerates and decelerates without driver input to maintain a good distance from the vehicle in front. Drivers should know, however, that these features are linked to a greater risk of distracted driving. This is according to a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
In a survey by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 45% of the 2,003 respondents admitted to driving in such a drowsy state that they had trouble keeping their eyes open. This, as New York residents should know, is a dangerous condition to drive in. AAA reports that every year in the U.S., there are some 6,400 fatal car crashes that arise from drowsy driving. Drowsiness impairs judgment and slows reaction times.
Artificial intelligence may provide the answer when it comes to reducing distracted driving. Researchers and automakers are striving to create cameras and sensors that can monitor drivers' behavior and do several things in response to distracted driving. One of those things, as many drivers in New York should know, is setting off an alert. All too often, though, drivers become conditioned to these alerts so that they become nothing but "white noise."
The number of traffic accident fatalities in New York and across the country dropped from 2017 to 2018, and the trend is continuing into 2019. According to statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there was a decline of 2.4% in the number of traffic deaths between 2017 and 2018. The NHTSA attributed the drop at least in part to advanced safety technologies that are being installed in new vehicles. Estimates released about the first half of 2019 indicate that traffic fatalities are 3.4% down year over year.
Drivers in New York and every other state are concerned about road safety. The unfortunate truth is that every seven seconds, someone is injured in a car accident. However, there are a couple of ways that drivers can prevent motor vehicle accidents from occurring.
Lawmakers in New York City have been debating the issue of electric bicycles and scooters for years. Those in favor of e-bikes and e-scooters say that they offer a clean and green alternative to diesel and gasoline engines, but they are currently banned in Manhattan due to concerns over pedestrian safety. Companies like Lime and Bird will soon be able to rent e-scooters in other parts of the Empire State, but New York City residents will still have to rely on leg power, motor vehicles or public transportation to get around. A recent study of e-scooter injuries will add weight to the arguments made by supporters of the ban and is unlikely to change the minds of many city lawmakers.
Many people living in New York and around the country are cyclists. While cycling is a popular sport and mode of transportation, it is not without its risks. In many areas, streets are primarily occupied by automobiles, which can pose a significant danger to those riding bicycles.
Some people in New York may have purchased a Subaru Crosstrek because the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety gave it the highest safety rating. However, the vehicle has also been involved in the highest number of at-fault accidents.
When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the Vision Zero program in 2014, he said the goal of the initiative was to eliminate all traffic accident deaths and serious injuries within 10 years. De Blasio now admits that the program is facing a crisis, but he insists that its ultimate objective remains achievable. Total traffic fatalities in the city are up by 15% in 2019, and the pedestrian death toll is even more worrying. Pedestrian deaths in New York City increased alarmingly in 2018, and they are on pace to rise even further in 2019.
Drivers in New York may be surprised to hear that women run a higher risk for car accident injuries than men. For a study published in July's edition of Traffic Injury Prevention, researchers looked at some 22,000 front-end crashes. They found that women were 73% more likely to be hurt in these types of collisions. Not only that, females were also twice as likely to suffer spine, abdomen and leg injuries.