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.
There is a great deal of controversy surrounding the development of autonomous vehicles for use in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation. Some of the most serious concerns relate to the safety of self-driven cars, an issue overseen by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, the agency responsible for developing guidelines related to the nation's roads and vehicles. The companies working on development of driverless vehicles recently received good news as Google was notified of the NHTSA's decision to allow the software underlying such vehicles to be classified as a driver.
Pennsylvania motorists should be aware of Volvo's claim that it will make 'death-proof" vehicles by 2020. The Swedish automaker has promised that there will be no serious injuries or fatalities in its vehicles by that deadline. The growing adoption of autonomous technologies across the automotive industry includes Volvo as well as Google, Ford and Tesla. Volvo is still in the early stages of developing driverless vehicles that replace human drivers with computer control systems.
On Jan. 12 motorists were alerted to a traffic detour by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. The detour was caused by an accident involving two tractor trailers, a car carrier and another vehicle near the Somerset interchange at milepost 107 westbound. Traffic was detoured at the Breezewood interchange and motorists were allowed to get back onto the turnpike at the New Stanton interchange 86 miles later.
Pennsylvania road users who suffer injury, loss or damage due to the negligent actions of motorists may pursue civil remedies, but this option may not be available to them if the driver concerned flees the scene. Those in this situation who are able to should first gather as much information as necessary for the police. Thoughts are often difficult to marshal following an accident, but a description of the vehicle involved as well as its driver could be of vital help to law enforcement. Hit-and-run victims should also gather the names and contact details of as many witnesses as possible.
A family involved in the fatal Feb. 7 crash that involved Caitlyn Jenner is suing her for the distress and suffering from their injuries. This may not be surprising to Pennsylvania fans of the television star, who is facing two other lawsuits related to the accident.