Pennsylvania pedestrians can be particularly vulnerable in motor vehicle accidents, which means that motorists need to be alert to driving conditions and pedestrian activity. The risks for a pedestrian in a wheelchair can be even greater in an accident, an issue that was identified during a study that tracked statistics from 2006 through 2012. During this period, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recorded nearly 530 deaths among pedestrians using wheelchairs. Pedestrian deaths total approximately 5,000 per year, and more than 75,000 pedestrians suffer injuries from car accidents each year.
Pennsylvania motorists may be interested in the results of a 2015 survey conducted by the American Automobile Association. According to its findings, an estimated 43 percent of drivers in the U.S. admitted to having nodded off at the wheel while operating a motor vehicle at least one time in their lives. This study follows an earlier AAA research project conducted in 2010 that suggests that drowsy driving is a factor in one out of every six fatal traffic accidents.
Parents have good reason to be concerned about the decisions that their children make on Pennsylvania roads. On a national level, motor vehicle accidents lead in causing teen deaths. Approximately half of the teenagers who die in such accidents are the drivers, and nearly 25 percent of teen drivers involved in fatality accidents test positive for alcohol in their systems. Peer pressure may be a factor causing young people to drive after consuming alcoholic beverages, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is tackling this issue as it launches a new public service effort.
According to the Traffic Safety Facts 2008 Report compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 2.3 million intersection-related accidents took place in 2008. As a result of those collisions, nearly 7,800 people died and about 733,000 were injured. Of those crash-related deaths, around 10 percent were caused by someone running a red light.
Legal experts from Pennsylvania and around America have been watching the development of the self-driving car with great interest. This new technology, currently allowed to be tested in only four states, shows the promise of utterly transforming America's roads and the motoring experience.
According to statistics compiled by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the risk of people dying in a car accident in Pennsylvania and nationwide has declined by more than a third over the last three years. However, car-related fatalities remain a significant problem in the U.S.
Pennsylvania residents likely heard that Caitlyn Jenner was involved in a motor vehicle accident in February 2015. On Sept. 30, prosecutors in California decided not to charge Jenner with vehicular manslaughter.
In January 2012, 11 people were killed during a 19-car pileup caused by fog and smoke on Interstate 75 near Gainesville, Florida. The accident occurred just an hour after the road had reopened following a three-car crash earlier that same day. That crash was also caused by smoke and fog, and one trooper suggested that the road remain closed as smoke and fog can diminish visibility on a highway quickly.
Many Pennsylvania motorists were affected by the recall last year of 64 million motor vehicles due to defective parts. Now that it has been shown that these defects may have been responsible for some accidents, some drivers who received criminal charges for their involvement may be seeing their convictions overturned.
After a car accident in Pennsylvania, a driver or passenger may be injured without even realizing it. This is because some injuries are not apparent immediately after the crash occurs. In many car wrecks, individuals may suffer from whiplash even in crashes involving vehicles traveling at speeds lower than 15 miles per hour. Those who experience whiplash may also experience numbness in their arms or legs because of damage done to the neck or spinal cord.