Posted on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 at 3:18 pm
In an effort to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries caused by backup accidents, the Department of Transportation issued a rule in March, 2014 that will require rearview technology in many new vehicles. According to a recent AP article, the rule will require new vehicles under 10,000 pounds and built on or after May 1, 2018 to meet new rear-visibility standards. As such, the rule includes busses and trucks. However, motorcycles and trailers are exempt from this rule. The regulation also provides specific standards as to what must be visible to drivers as they back up their vehicles.
According to recent statistics, backup accidents involving light vehicles cause an average of 210 deaths and approximately 15,000 injuries a year. Children under the age of 5 account for approximately 31 percent of the deaths occurring in back up accidents each year.
Posted on Monday, May 12th, 2014 at 6:50 pm
According to a recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) texting while driving is six times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated. NHTSA stated that sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds which is the equivalent of driving the entire length of a football field while blindfolded when traveling at 55 miles per hour.
While the proportion of alcohol-related traffic crash deaths has dropped significantly since 1982, the proportion of traffic accident fatalities that are NOT alcohol-related has jumped 78% during the same time period. Among teenage drivers, texting while driving has now replaced drinking while driving as the leading cause of accidents and deaths. Unfortunately, NHTSA’s research shows that texting while driving isn’t just a problem for teenaged drivers. More than 47% of adults have admitted that they text while driving.
One recent study found that in 2012, texting while driving accounted for over 1.6 million accidents in the U.S. which resulted in 330,000 injuries and over 3,000 deaths. These statistics should remind us of one underlying fact and that is that distracted driving is extremely dangerous. For some real-life heartbreaking stories about the tragic consequences of distracted driving see the recent blog articles posted at the Huffington Post.com written by real victims of accidents caused by distracted drivers.