Federal estimates have indicated that drowsiness plays a role in about 1 to 2 percent of traffic crashes. Now, however, a naturalistic study of over 700 wrecks has shown drowsiness to be a much more important factor. It appears to be responsible for between 9.5 and 10.8 percent of crashes.
Tesla Inc. should perhaps consider a different name for its Autopilot driver-assist system, since many people associate the term "autopilot" with a system that completely takes over for human beings.
The U.S. Department of Transportation is about to issue four requests for public comment about self-driving commercial vehicles. The agency and its sub-agencies would like to know if any unnecessary regulatory roadblocks exist that may be slowing the development of autonomous trucks and buses.
The wintry roads are ones that invite accidents, especially since some drivers think they are invincible and continue to drive like they would if the roads were clear. When there is snow or ice on the roads, you need to make sure that you are planning extra time to get to your destination. You must ensure that you don't have to rush to get to where you are going.
Traditional statistics on motor vehicle accidents has been useful, but they have been limited. They haven't been able to give us a detailed understanding of what causes the estimated 6 million crashes that occur on American roads every year.
New York City is compact. The island of Manhattan alone is just 23 square miles in size and is, by the latest count, home to more than 1.5 million people. By comparison, the most developed land mass in Wisconsin's Apostle Islands in Lake Superior, Madeline, is nearly twice as large and home to just 300 year-round residents.
Car crashes happen all across New York City. Notice we don't say accidents happen. That's because in many instances, collisions aren't accidents at all. Someone was negligent or reckless and that's what contributed to events playing out as they did. Getting to the bottom of liability and holding accountable those responsible can be a challenge without experienced legal help.
Most of us have heard, read, or perhaps participated in, discussions about the incredible benefits increased driving automation could potentially bring in terms of highway safety. These benefits are largely due to the fact that a large number of automobile accidents are caused by driver error of some sort. Automobile automation could largely eliminate such accidents once it becomes mainstreamed.
When you are involved in a car accident, you may not immediately register just how violent such an accident really is, especially if you only received a blow to the head and no other visible injuries.
In our previous post, we pointed out that the trucking industry is heavily regulated. One set of truck safety regulations that has received a great deal of attention in recent years is the hours of service rules. These rules are intended to address the problem of truck driver fatigue. Although driver fatigue is not exclusively a problem among truck drivers, it is a particular concern in the trucking industry due to the long hours trucker drivers spend on the road and the pressure to maximize productivity.