Driverless cars will soon be part of the transportation landscape. An important reason for this technological advance is the reduced cost and size of the technology as well as technological advances in artificial intelligence (AI) to operate vehicles. However, AI is now being used in pilot program to predict and avoid motor vehicle accidents by human drivers as well.
Autonomous vehicles are certainly part of our future, but as of now they cannot safely navigate more than a light dusting of snow. This is a very real problem for those of us who live in the Snow Belt. This is an uncomfortable reality for engineers and manufacturers who are putting their faith in technology to handle the extremely complex job of safely driving a vehicle.
The National Transportation Safety Board has announced a three pronged approach to reducing the number of pedestrian fatalities. This is in response to the 46 percent rise in pedestrian deaths between 2009 and 2016 (the most recent year of comprehensive data). According to Bloomberg, the total of 5,987 in 2016 is the highest number since 1990.
Many assume that the most dangerous month for driving is December with its winter conditions and holiday reverie. Others will point to July with the July 4th holiday, which also ranks high as a dangerous time to be on the road. However, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the most dangerous month for traffic-related fatalities is August with the seemingly random date of August 2 as the most dangerous day of the year. The calculations are based on statistics compiled 2012-2016 by researchers at the IIHS -- August 2 had a total of 505 traffic fatalities in a month that has 15,914 fatalities over that five-year period.
Bicycles account for about 2 percent of motor vehicle crashes here in the U.S., but this number is on the rise. According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), the most common serious injuries are to the head, which is a clear reminder of why it is so important for riders to wear helmets. While Pennsylvania does not require adults to wear helmets, riders under 12 years of age must use one if they are on pedal cycle. If there is a helmet law, however, riders are four times more likely to use a helmet than if there is no law.
Winters can be long and dreary, filled with driving snow, black ice and sub-zero temperatures. During that time, it's a safe bet that those who own boats likely dream of these warm summer months where they can take friends and family out on the water to get a break from the heat.
After you were in that car accident, it was hard to piece your life back together. The insurance process took ages and your car repairs were extensive, but you are thankful that you weren't injured.
Ever since cellphones hit the market, distracted driving has been a persistent safety hazard on the country's roadways. Pennsylvania is no exception: Sometimes, it seems nearly impossible to drive without spotting another motorist texting, talking on the phone or using their smartphone for some other purpose.
Distracted driving is a deadly behavior that some drivers completely overlook. Younger drivers sometimes feel like they are invincible. More experienced drivers might think that they can satisfactorily compensate for the distractions. In both of these cases, innocent people can die or suffer from horrific injuries.
Some people know the long-lasting effects that an injury can have. Most have experience with this due to a sports injury, work injury or just a silly accident that resulted in a serious injury. However, for those who haven't experienced these type of nagging injuries, those involved in car accidents may not understand how long their injury may linger. The truth is that car accident injuries can last much longer than initially anticipated.