Proving who is to blame for future car accidents in Pennsylvania may soon be easier now that many new vehicles are being built with event data recorders. Commonly referred to as black boxes, event data recorders create a log of driving activity that may be analyzed after a crash. Around 25 percent of new vehicles are now manufactured with such devices. However, 90 percent of vehicles are expected to have them by 2020.
The National Safety Council, which studies vehicle accident data, recently released some alarming information that Pennsylvania drivers might like to know about. About 4.4 million people were injured and 38,000 died due to crashes in 2015, and this number could rise in 2016.
Teenage drivers in Pennsylvania all over the country are being cautioned by the American Automobile Association about the dangers of the period between Memorial Day and the end of summer vaction. Known as the "100 Deadliest Days," this period when more teen drivers are on the road than usual is also the time when the most motor vehicle accidents happen, and based on statistics from the past few years, about 1,000 people are expected to die this year over the summer in accidents involving teen drivers.
Two teens were killed and a third injured in a one-car crash in Fayette County on May 3. The fatal accident occurred after the driver lost control of the vehicle while traveling at over 100 miles per hour.
Pennsylvania residents have probably heard about the self-driving cars that are being developed by companies like Google. Manufacturers of autonomous vehicles are saying that car accidents will soon be a thing of the past. According to the president of Volvo, the autonomous safety features on the Swedish company's cars should eliminate injuries to occupants of its vehicles by 2020.
According to the National Safety Council, 53 percent of drivers around the country believe that talking on the phone while driving is safe as long as they use hands-free technology. However, Pennsylvania motorists should be aware that studies show that talking on a hands-free device while behind the wheel is just as dangerous as using a hand-held device, with both raising the risk of a car crash by four times.
A Pennsylvania accident involving four vehicles on April 7 fortunately resulted in fewer injuries than would have been epected. The crash occurred at around 7:45 a.m. in Lower Nazareth Township on Route 33 near mile-marker 6.7.
A plan to include major safety technology in more vehicles was announced by The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in Sept. 2015, and it seems like this plan will become a reality as automakers intend to install automatic braking systems for emergencies in the vast majority of U.S. vehicles. Ten automakers have agreed to a deal with the NHTSA to have the systems installed by Sept. 2022.
Pennsylvania drivers may be interested in a report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which based its findings on U.S. crash data from law enforcement officials. The study showed how vehicles equipped with front crash prevention features such as automatic braking and forward collision warning were less likely to have a rear-end collision and injuries.
A report on traffic fatalities from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration contains good and bad news for Pennsylvania motorists. The bad news is that traffic fatalities are up; the good news is that Pennsylvania has one of the lowest rates of increase in the nation.