Every year in Tennessee and across the U.S., thousands of people die in auto accidents, and the majority of these accidents are caused by human error. The following are just a few of the most frequently cited errors that lead to accidents. If drivers kept the dangers of negligent driving in mind, they could do a lot to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities.
Most people know that driving while distracted is a form of negligence. In an online study from Wakefield Research, nearly half of the 2,000 drivers who responded claimed that distracted driving was their top concern on the road. All but 1% ranked phone use as among the top three driver distractions. Considering these results, Tennessee residents may be surprised to hear that most of the respondents also engaged in distracted driving themselves.
Tennessee residents may be happy or frustrated to know that self-driving cars have a while to go before they can be safely integrated. This is the conclusion of a report from the Rand Corporation. Researchers say that self-driving cars may need to be test driven for millions or billions of miles before they can prove themselves reliable in preventing crashes.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has some findings out about the link between daylight saving time and car crash risks. Most drivers in Tennessee know that experts recommend at least seven hours of sleep every day. If they miss one to two hours of rest within a 24-hour period, however, they will nearly double their risk for a crash once they get behind the wheel.
Safety is something that not a few drivers in Tennessee make light of. Distraction is especially common. Drivers often, for example, call or text on their smartphones, or they engage in more basic activities that nonetheless take their attention from the road, including eating, drinking, adjusting the radio, using a navigator or talking with a passenger. Every day across the U.S., approximately 600,000 drivers use their phones at least once during their trip.
Many Tennessee motorists get drowsy from time to time. However, rideshare drivers are often sleep deprived on a regular basis. The low fare and salary incentives of the industry compel many operators to overwork themselves. This can wreak havoc on their circadian rhythm and endanger both themselves and others.
Traffic accidents are the eighth-leading cause of death in the world according to a report from the World Health Organization. However, accidents may not receive as much attention from Tennessee residents and others compared to other worldwide causes of death like HIV. Despite this, there are many things that countries around the world are doing to make sure that roads are as safe as possible.
The number of road users killed in motor vehicle accidents involving large trucks in Tennessee and around the country rose by a worrying 9 percent to 4,761 in 2017 according to figures released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is the highest commercial vehicle accident death toll in almost three decades, and a number of logistics industry groups say that federal hours of service regulations are partly to blame.
Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians had a somewhat safer year on the roads of Tennessee according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. After worrisome increases in traffic deaths nationwide in 2015 and 2016, fatalities went down by almost 2 percent in 2017. Drops in deadly passenger car, motorcycle or pedestrian accidents contributed to the improvement, but the number of deadly truck accidents actually went up, and urban areas have surpassed rural areas in traffic deaths.
Tennessee residents with teenage children who have just learned to drive may be interested to know about a certain Baylor University study. Researchers focused on the Texas Reality Education for Drivers program, a supplemental drivers' education program, and its effect on teens' risk awareness and driving behavior.