Drivers in Texas may be surprised to hear that automotive safety tests rarely take the anatomical and physiological differences of women into account. Crash test dummies are modeled on men, and the female crash dummies tend to be the same, the only difference being their smaller size. Yet there are differences in fat distribution, for example, and muscle strength that would certainly lead to different test results if researchers kept them in view.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data shows that between 2010 and 2017, there were 1,192 DUI-related deaths on July Fourth. The DUI fatality rate on this holiday comes to 42.4 per day. Among all the major holidays in the US, Independence Day is the most dangerous with regards to drunk driving. Texas residents should know that Memorial Day comes in second with a fatality rate of 39.5 and 1,105 deaths in those eight years.
Even though drivers in Texas and elsewhere are all taught the dangers of drunk driving, more than 10,000 car accident fatalities in 2018 had drunk driving as a major factor in the accident. While the U.S. House of Representatives met in March to discuss the issue, which has been an ongoing crisis for decades, the hearing was sparsely attended by the media.
When Texas teenagers approach driving age, parents worry. Talking to teens about driving safety today can involve many topics, including what the National Safety Council's senior director of public relations calls the dangerous Ds: drugged, distracted and drowsy driving.
Starting in 2020, Volvo drivers in Texas and around the country will be able to purchase vehicles that do not go faster than 112 miles per hour, and over the next few years, the cars will come with additional safety technology to prevent accidents that result from drunk driving. Volvo made both announcements in March. The company said it is focused on seeing that accidents do not happen at all rather than on mitigating their severity.
Residents of Texas should know that a nationwide effort by The Risk Institute at Ohio State University is underway to study and reduce distracted driving. It has enlisted the help of companies, researchers and government entities. In coordination with the observance of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which is every April, The Risk Institute has released the findings of some of its studies.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is cautioning drivers about the effects of losing one hour of sleep in the wake of daylight saving time. In Texas, as elsewhere, many accidents arise because drivers do not get the recommended seven hours of sleep each night. AAA states that missing one or two hours in a 24-hour period can actually double a driver's risk for getting into an accident.
A recent U.S. study illuminated some noteworthy facts about two-car car crashes that lead to fatalities. The study showed how this nation's opioid epidemic is having far-reaching consequences. According to the study, at-fault drivers were twice as likely to test positive for opioids than their victims. Failure to stay in the proper lane was the most common deadly error committed by drugged drivers. Because each avoidable fatal crash creates enormous expense for society, public officials have little choice but to vigorously address the ongoing epidemic of drugged driving.
A wide range of factors can cause car accidents in Texas. Both human error and conditions out of the control of drivers contribute to the problem. There are, however, a few causes of accidents that account for most incidents. The reason why it's important to find out the cause of accidents is to determine who is at fault. A person, or company, at fault could be held liable for the damages incurred by victims. They may also be held criminally responsible in certain cases.
More and more drivers in Texas may be using their cellphones in unsafe ways. According to observational surveys by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted in 2014 and 2018, drivers were 57 percent more likely to be spotted in 2018 using phones to text or in other ways that did not involve talking to someone. However, drivers in 2014 were more likely to make calls while behind the wheel.