Distracted driving is becoming a major factor in motor vehicle accidents in Georgia and across the country. According to data from the National Safety Council, an estimated 9 people die every day and 100 are injured because of accidents that were caused by distracted driving. Cellphones, voice commands, dashboard touchscreens and other in-vehicle technologies can easily distract drivers.
Georgia residents should be aware of the danger of distracted driving. Reading the average text message takes about five seconds; in that same time, a vehicle going 55 mph can travel the length of a football field. Distractions, which can consist of anything from using the phone to talking with passengers, can especially raise the risk for crashes in highway construction zones.
Georgia residents who purchase new vehicles in the future may find that they are equipped with external airbags. A manufacturer of external airbags states that its external airbag can reduce the degree of injury suffered by occupants of a vehicle by as much as 40 percent. This data can be a significant factor in having external airbag technology installed in vehicles in production.
When people in Georgia are hit in a car accident, they may not notice all of their symptoms immediately. In some cases, people may believe they are uninjured until the immediate shock of the accident wears away. In other cases, they may think they have only minor injuries only to discover later that there were far more serious concerns. It can be particularly important for accident victims to seek prompt medical care after an accident to highlight potentially dangerous, undetected signs of injury.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance continues to enforce federal safety guidelines among drivers of trucks, buses and other commercial vehicles. From September 16 to 22, it will be holding Brake Safety Week, a nationwide inspection spree. From June 5 to 7, it conducted another spree called the International Roadcheck. Truckers in Georgia should be aware of the results of this event, which took place across North America and have been released.
Crashes that result from distracted driving tend to be more severe, and they can cost commercial truck fleets a lot, in terms of both money and reputation. Even when they don't get into accidents, truckers can be pulled over for distracted driving and forced to undergo roadside inspections, causing bad delays. Drivers in Georgia should know, though, that many data analysis companies and tech companies have stepped up to address the growing problem.