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.
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.