With new technology providing both pros and cons to drivers, New Mexico residents may be wondering what the car crash rates are currently like. The National Safety Council issued a preliminary 2017 estimate back in February that may be of interest because it states that for the second year in a row, the number of car crash fatalities has exceeded 40,000.
On June 15, the Travelers Institute hosted its Every Second Matters symposium at Capitol Hill as a way to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. As the public policy division of a leading provider of property casualty insurance, the institute is especially concerned with how distractions raise the risk for accidents, especially fatal ones. New Mexico residents should know about the data the Travelers Institute brought up to support its claims.
New mobile technology and automated features provide drivers with more and more distractions. New Mexico residents who are worried about the increasing number of distracted drivers on the road may be interested in some of the most recent studies about the trend.
While it may not be pleasant to think about, the Fourth of July is filled with all kinds of safety hazards. Drivers in New Mexico should especially be careful. Esurance and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety both claim that the number of fatal car crashes reaches its peak on Independence Day. From 2007 to 2011, roughly 40 percent of all highway deaths in America were caused by drunk drivers during the Fourth of July holiday period.
New Mexico drivers might be interested in the findings of a Governors Highway Safety Association report about fatal car accidents and drugs. The impact of marijuana and opioids on traffic fatalities has increased in recent years. According to the report, 44 percent of drivers who died in traffic accidents tested positive for the presence of drugs in their systems in 2016. In 2006, only 28 percent of fatally injured drivers tested positive for drugs.
As too many drivers in New Mexico know through personal experience, smartphones provide a variety of distractions. To stop this, several phone providers have made free apps available that silence all incoming communications, send autoreplies and prevent drivers from engaging in certain functions like texting. However, these do not block all communications.
It's likely that most drivers in New Mexico have gotten behind the wheel at least once while in a drowsy state of mind. According to one study, roughly 60 percent of all adults in the U.S. have been guilty of drowsy driving. While drowsy driving may not seem as dangerous as operating under the influence of alcohol, the two actually share some similarities.
Though undeniably an innovator in semi-autonomous vehicle technology, Tesla is still struggling to create solid safety standards for its Autopilot program. This has resulted in numerous crashes, including a May accident that involved a Tesla Model S and a fire truck. Residents of New Mexico will want to know how Tesla has responded to these accidents.
New Mexico residents who neglect to wear a seatbelt when driving will want to know about a new study showing one of the innumerable benefits to seatbelt use. Researchers from NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn analyzed crash data from the National Trauma Data Bank, focusing on the years 2010 to 2015 and looking at patients who suffered from liver injuries. They found that those who wore seatbelts reduced their risk for severe liver injuries by 21 percent.
New Mexico drivers may want to use extra caution when driving home after work. According to a new study, afternoon rush hours are the time of day when the most Americans are texting and driving. Such distractions could make drivers more prone to causing car accidents.