Many of us already know that there’s a huge risk when driving on the road, especially in South Florida, which is notorious for auto accidents and aggressive driving. While people deserve to be safe when driving, that fact is seemingly becoming less of a reality. In 2014, 32,675 fatalities were reported due to road traffic accidents. In 2015 that number increased to over 35,000 individuals.
Not surprisingly, a good number of fatal auto crashes involved young drivers with a 10 percent increase from 2014 to 2015. Younger drivers are often careless, however with the development of more technology as the years progress, a greater number of younger drivers get into collisions from being distracted behind the wheel.
Even given these observations, 94 percent of all crashes are still being directly traced back to human error or choice. Improving human behavior is a key step in improving the collision and fatality rates.
CREATING NEW SAFETY STANDARDS ON THE ROAD
The response to the increase in road fatalities has led to a series of organized workshops, hosted by the NHSTA and Department of Transportation, that seek to improve the following behavioral challenges in regards to road safety:
- Drunk drivers
- Drugged drivers
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Failure to use safety features (e.g. seat belts)
In addition to assessing the types of behaviors that have led to an increase in traffic collisions, The Department of Transportation (DOT) has sought after guidance to promote the development of automated safety technologies. For example, by 2022, 99 percent of motor vehicles will be required to have an automatic breaking system as a standard. The idea behind this new ruling is that the technology could help prevent thousands of crashes yearly.
The DOT isn’t stopping there. They are now pursing to enact a new requirement that would mandate automotive companies to develop car-to-car communication. The DOT believes it will help prevent collisions with regards to unimpaired drivers. As far as those individuals who are impaired (a behavioral challenge that is responsible for the increase in fatalities), the DOT is working with researchers to devise a plan in which they can minimize the negative impacts caused by these persons.
Dealing with car accidents can be quite stressful, and suffering an injury as the result of one is even worse. If you have ever been injured during a collision or know someone who has lost a loved one to an accidental crash, you may contact us for a free consultation.
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