Most drivers in New York have seen someone run a red light. This rule violation is rampant nationwide. The 2008 Traffic Safety Facts report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that drivers running red lights directly caused 762 fatalities in that year. In the same year, 2.3 million crashes occurred at intersections, killing 7,770 people and injuring well over 700,000 people.
Although autonomous cars are not yet available in New York or any other state, many automakers and other companies are working on developing this technology. A car that could drive itself may reduce the odds of an accident significantly, as it has been estimated that 94 percent of accidents are attributed to human error. However, there is still cause for concern about the remaining number.
A man who pleaded guilty to negligent homicide and spent six months in jail after a 2006 accident in New York in which his best friend was killed has now received a settlement from General Motors. In February 2014, General Motors issued a recall for 2.6 million cars due to a faulty ignition switch, and it is believed that the man's vehicle was among those affected. He will also ask General Motors for help in getting his guilty plea vacated.
Anyone in New York who has used or heard about Uber might be interested to hear that it and similar car-sharing services have reduced the number of fatalities resulting from drunk driving accidents, according to a study from Temple University researchers. Uber has advertised its service at times as a way to return home after an evening out that involves consuming alcoholic beverages. As part of its marketing, it set up a breath test kiosk in an area of Toronto that has a lot of bars earlier in 2015.
Thanks to advances in vehicle technology, accidents due to drowsy driving could be reduced, making the roads safer for motorists in New York and around the country. Forward collision systems may allow the vehicle itself to alert a driver to an impending collision by make noise or flashing lights inside the vehicle. If necessary, it may be able to brake for the driver who may have fallen asleep behind the wheel. Other pieces of technology now available include lane detection systems that keep cars in their lanes and on the road.
New Yorkers may be saddened to learn about a recent case in New Jersey in which an emergency medical technician was killed in an ambulance accident during her last shift. Reportedly, the accident happened on July 25 around 8 a.m. in East Brunswick.
New York technophiles may be interested to learn that, on July 1, Google's self-driving vehicle was involved in an accident. The company stated that the rear-end collision was caused by a human driver and not by the vehicle itself.
According to many behavioral experts, people under the age of 21 have an invincibility complex that causes them to believe they can engage in risky driving behaviors without consequences. Because of this, young drivers cause a disproportionate number of fatal car accidents in New York and across the United States.
Drowsy drivers are involved in a higher percentage of accidents than had been previously estimated, a study conducted by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has revealed. New York motorists might benefit from knowing the dangers of driving when sleep-deprived.
According to data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 360 New York residents lost their lives in 2012 in traffic accidents involving excessive speed. The agency says that speeding drivers are involved in about 30 percent of all of the fatal motor vehicle accidents that occur in the United States each year. Excessive speed kills over 10,000 people on the roads annually, and NHTSA puts the yearly cost to society of these fatal accidents at over $40 billion.