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December 2017 Archives

Common ways that car crashes occur

New York motorists are probably aware of the many dangers they face on the road; however, it's always good to recap since accidents still occur in large numbers. According to naturalistic driving studies, which use equipment like accelerometers, sonar, and video cameras to gather crash data, there are six common causes of car accidents.

Traffic circles can help cut down on roadway deaths

Drivers and traffic engineers in New York and across the United States share a concern about how to make traffic intersections safer. The junction points for two or more roads can be some of the most dangerous areas for drivers and passengers, as cars come toward one another and intersect, often at high rates of speed, risking accidents that can lead to serious and sometimes fatal injuries. Because intersections are such a frequent site for car accidents, engineers are looking at how to improve safety at such locations.

ELDs now mandated on all commercial trucks

A new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration mandate now requires that all commercial trucks be equipped with electronic logging devices. ELDs are already in use among large truck carriers like FedEx and UPS; however, many trucking companies in New York and across the U.S. are protesting the change.

Tired driving is seriously risky

It's a dark and stormy night, and driving conditions are already compromised. A person just gets off of a long shift or decides to drive home for the weekend after staying up to study for a test. Despite being very tired, they decide to get behind the wheel and drive. Suddenly, a car in front of them stops short, but they are too sleepy to react correctly, causing them to crash into it.

Winter driving safety tips

During the dog days of winter, millions of U.S. drivers face treacherous weather-related road conditions. According to the Federal Highway Administration, 22 percent of all traffic accidents are the result of poor weather. However, there are several safety measures New York motorists can take to minimize risks and avoid car accidents during the winter months.

Popular cellphone game linked to surge in car accidents

The augmented reality game 'Pokémon Go" may have caused as many as 145,000 traffic accidents in New York and around the country, according to a study released recently by Purdue University. Researchers studied accident data compiled in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, both before and after the game's July 2016 release. They found that the number of crashes near locations known as Pokéstops rose by an alarming 26.5 percent as the game grew in popularity.

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