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Cellphones less dangerous than daydreaming drivers

Missouri who do not have their minds on the road in front of them could be more likely to cause a fatal accident than cellphone users according to a study by Erie Insurance. The company examined 172,000 fatal accidents over a five-year period and found that of the 10 percent of those accidents that were caused by distracted drivers, daydreaming was a factor in 61 percent. Cellphone usage was in second place but far lower at 14 percent.

Prevent speeding to reduce traffic deaths, says NTSB

Some Missouri motorists may think that the increase in drivers, or the prevalence of both drivers and pedestrians playing with their smartphones, is to blame for the rise in traffic fatalities. However, the National Transportation Safety Board believes that speeding is the culprit. The number of speeding-related deaths is second only to the number of DUI-related deaths.

December 2017 now dedicated to impaired driving prevention

Impaired driving affects the lives of drivers, passengers, and bystanders; it is a problem spreading across Missouri and the rest of the United States. On average, alcohol-related accidents lead to one fatality every 50 minutes in this country. As a result, the White House released a proclamation designating December 2017 as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.

ADHD increases crash risk for young drivers

A study published by JAMA Pediatrics shows that young drivers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are 36 percent more likely to be involved in an accident than other young motorists. Missouri residents should know that, according to experts, the risks around drivers with ADHD are manageable.

Understanding how large truck accidents occur

Missouri drivers may be more likely to get into an accident if they are driving trucks with defects or if they have been driving long hours. According to IIHS research, an accident is four times as likely to occur when a truck has a serious defect. A defect may include faulty brakes, poor quality tires or lights that don't work properly. If a truck had faulty brakes, it was 50 percent more likely to be involved in an accident compared to a truck that did not have such an issue.

Study shows truck crashes are often tied to poor driver health

Researchers recently completed a study analyzing the crash history and medical records of 49,464 commercial truck drivers. Their results, published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, show that many drivers in Missouri and across the U.S. suffer from health conditions that can lead to accidents.

Cellphone use behind the surge in distracted driving deaths

Distracted driving accidents cause thousands of deaths each year around the country according to crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the figures show that stricter laws and public service messaging have done little to stem the problem. Road safety groups say that an enormous growth in cellphone use by motorists is behind the recent surge in distracted driving accidents, and they say that modern smartphones are especially dangerous because they distract Missouri drivers in more than one way.

Driving close to home linked to car accidents

The roads close to home that people travel every day in Missouri become extremely familiar to local drivers. This familiarity can cause people to navigate roads on mental autopilot. People in their neighborhoods sometimes fall back on muscle memory instead of conscious evaluation of their surroundings. Daily drives to home and work relax motorists and leave them vulnerable to unexpected hazards like car breakdowns, animals in the street or others on the road.

How headlights make roads safer

Missouri drivers who turn their headlights on during the day could be at a lower risk of getting into an accident. Research indicates that vehicles may be more visible during a clear day when they are in use in addition to at night or when the weather is bad.

Vehicle collision avoidance systems reduce crashes

Missouri drivers whose vehicles include collision avoidance systems such as alerts for blind spots and drifting into another lane may have fewer accidents than drivers who do not have these systems. A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that in 2015, single-vehicle head-on crashes and sideswipes were lower by 11 percent in vehicles that had these systems. For injury crashes of the same type, the rate was 21 percent lower.

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