Advanced driver assistance systems, as their name implies, are not meant to replace drivers altogether. However, a combination of deceptive marketing, faulty technology and the ignorance of so many drivers has contributed to widespread confusion. This can be seen in Oklahoma, as elsewhere in the U.S., and it is reflected in a small way in a recent study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Like the rest of the United States, Oklahoma is home to hundreds of car accidents every year. Oklahoma residents who have suffered a personal injury in a car accident may be wondering how they can pursue compensation for lost wages, medical bills and other damages. While it might seem straightforward to prove the other driver was negligent, in reality, it can be a complicated process. After all, the definition of negligent driving in casual conversation is very different from the legal definition.
Oklahoma residents may find themselves driving in rain or snow, and they should know how risky this can be. The American Meteorological Society stated recently that the risk for a fatal car crash goes up 34% when there is precipitation on the road. A study from the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies has some additional things to say, some of which may be eye-opening.
March 15 was designated as World Sleep Day. To remind drivers of the connection between proper rest and road safety, Ford unveiled a "Sleep Suit" that can simulate the experience of drowsy driving. Oklahoma residents should know that this suit is being integrated into Ford Driving Skills for Life, a free driver training program for 17- to 24-year-olds.
Drivers in Oklahoma and throughout the country who have ADHD are less likely to get into a car accident if they are medicated. This is the main takeaway from a study published in JAMA Psychiatry that involved 2.3 million people. The study's lead author said that those with ADHD tend to have trouble paying attention, which could make them more likely to get into an accident. Previous studies have backed that assertion.
Drunk driving deaths account for about one-third of all traffic deaths. Oklahoma residents should know that this country's legal limit for blood alcohol concentration, 0.08 percent, is the highest in the world. Other countries, such as Brazil and Saudi Arabia, have a zero-tolerance policy. Regardless, it has been shown that a 0.08 BAC can slow down reaction times: a major factor in drunk driving crashes.
The ZF Group has found that external airbags can reduce the severity of occupants' injuries in a side collision by up to 40 percent. The car parts manufacturer has also developed a strategy for the development of this new safety technology. Residents of Oklahoma should know that external airbags are far from being perfected, much less implemented. ZF's data could, however, prompt other manufacturers to look into the safety tech.
Enhanced safety systems are becoming more popular on vehicles traveling Oklahoma roads. As technology evolves, these features will become more commonplace. In the near future, items such as lane departure warning, blind spot signals and rear camera vision may become standard equipment. Most systems have proven to reduce accidents.
Some Oklahoma motorists who purchase vehicles with advanced safety features might overestimate the capabilities of those systems. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety conducted a study that found issues with driver understanding of features like adaptive cruise control, emergency braking, forward-collision warning and blind spot monitoring.
Oklahoma parents may not be aware that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car accidents are the leading cause of accidental deaths for teens in the United States. A study that was published in the journal Transportation Research, however, found that supplemental risk reduction programs could increase young and new motorists' awareness regarding the dangers of risky driving.