New York motorists and parents who have children getting ready to drive may be interested to learn that adolescents who have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are 36 percent more likely to become involved in a car crash. However, research indicates that the risks surrounding young drivers with ADHD are manageable.
In New York and the rest of the U.S., drowsiness caused by night shifts and rotational shifts has become a public health hazard. Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital have conducted a study to determine how shift work can lead to poor driving performance and sometimes accidents.
In 2016, a total of 37,461 people in America died in car crashes, according to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This marks a 9-year high in the number of car crash deaths, outnumbered only by 2007 when 41,259 people were killed.
Motorists looking at their cellphone screens instead of concentrating on the road ahead are becoming an alarmingly common sight in New York, and federal accident data suggests that the popularity of modern smartphones has led to a surge in distracted driving deaths. Figures from the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration reveal that accidents involving one or more distracted drivers claimed 3,154 lives and caused more than 400,000 injuries in 2013 alone.
A new report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicates that collision avoidance systems are making the roadways safer throughout New York and the rest of the U.S. However, the technology is still not standard in the vast majority of new vehicles.
Auto manufacturers seek to improve safety with design every year. New York drivers will have noticed that wider social trends undercut the ability of a design change to prevent car accidents. Texting and driving is just the latest example of the negligent driver responsible for a growing number of fatal car accidents.
New York motorists may not be aware that drowsy driving can be just as deadly as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that drowsy driving may be responsible for up to 6,000 fatal motor vehicle accidents on U.S. roads every year.
New York drivers who are concerned about traffic safety might try not to go above the speed limit. Even though many drivers take this precaution, a research study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that the increase in state speed limits over the past two decades correlates with an increase in traffic fatalities.
Increased traffic congestion in New York and around the country has made the nation's roads more dangerous in recent years despite significant advances in automobile safety systems and equipment, and most experts believe that fatalities will fall only slightly in the years ahead. Traffic levels are higher because fuel costs are low and the economy is thriving, and these conditions are expected to continue for the foreseeable future.
Drivers who are in car accidents in New York may want to take certain specific steps to protect themselves if they are not at fault. A person who is not badly injured should check on others who may be. Vehicles should be moved off the roadway if possible to prevent another accident although injured people should not be moved unless it is necessary.