Human error accounts for a large number of car accidents that take place in Missouri and throughout the country. For example, distracted operation is the most frequent cause of accidents. Eating, applying makeup and using a smartphone are all examples of distractions a person could face while driving.
Missouri readers might be relieved to learn that U.S. traffic fatalities decreased by 1% in 2018, according to preliminary numbers released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While the drop is small, it marks the second year in a row that roadway deaths have gone down following significant increases in 2015 and 2016.
New car features, known under the collective term Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, are preventing accidents and saving the lives of drivers and pedestrians. This is the conclusion of a study from J.D. Power. More than half of new car owners who were part of the study said that their ADAS helped prevent an accident in the first 90 days of ownership. Missouri residents will find the most prominent ADAS mentioned below.
As the summer season approaches, more Missouri drivers will start taking to the road. With the growing traffic, these motorists will also face a higher risk of getting in a car crash. The Governors Highway Safety Association is focusing particularly on the dangers faced by rear-seat passengers. Many backseat riders who use ride-hailing services like Uber or Lyft are less likely to wear seat belts.
Car buyers in Missouri may be aware of the new autonomous features that are becoming more readily available in many different makes and models. While this self-driving technology may help eliminate roadway risks, it can also cause confusion. New dangers arise when people do not understand or know how to use the technology.
Virginia Tech University and the National Institutes for Health have conducted a study where they monitored the driving behaviors of 90 teens from the time when they obtained their learner's permit to the time when they had been driving for a year with a license. The purpose was to see how teens' risk for a crash or near-miss would change during the transition from a permit to a license. Missouri residents can read the results below.
Nearly 2,000 drivers across Missouri and the rest of the U.S. responded to an online market research study that was focused on distracted driving. The results were recently shared by Root Insurance, a company that gives insurance discounts to policyholders who avoid phone use behind the wheel. Not surprisingly, the data supports Root's belief that fear tactics alone cannot stop the trend of distracted driving.
Missouri sees all kinds of weather, and most motorists know to slow down in pouring rain or freezing rain. A light drizzle, however, tends not to alarm people too much, but a new traffic accident study concluded that light rain increases the danger of a deadly wreck by 27% compared to clear weather. The lead author of the study said that people lacked appreciation for the level of risk produced by light rain that only adds up to one-tenth of an inch per hour.
Many Missouri motorists know that distracted driving is dangerous. Legal changes to outlaw texting while driving and public awareness campaigns have drawn attention to the threat of fatal accidents linked to distraction behind the wheel. Nevertheless, surveys continue to indicate that while drivers know that distraction can be deadly, they continue to engage in the process and believe that they are in control of their own behavior.
In Missouri, rain and snow can put drivers in danger. Previous studies say the risk for a fatal motor vehicle accident can go up anywhere between 10 and 76 percent in precipitation, but a new study from North Carolina State University has come up with more accurate numbers.