If you just read that headline and thought, “only fourth?” you’re not alone. Drivers from various states have earned the dubious title of worst in the nation over the years. This one, however, is based on data from a website where drivers nationwide can compare auto insurance rates. Sine drivers are constantly entering information into the website’s database about their driving habits, recent citations, DWI arrests and other risk factors, the website offers an unusually full picture of driver behavior across the U.S.
"People at this time of year are anxious to get their shopping done, and they may be frustrated, and other people can aggravate them," says a researcher from the University of Alabama, who just completed an analysis of the distribution of traffic accidents near holidays. As we discussed on this blog in July, holidays are active times for drunk drivers, which tragically means that many families are forced to associate the holiday season with the death of a loved one.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced that the number of fatal traffic accidents rose in the U.S. last year, marking the first increase in traffic fatalities since 2005. The agency also said that most of that 3.3-percent increase was due to an increase in virtually every type of traffic accident except car crashes, including a 4.6-percent jump in fatal drunk-driving accidents.
If you know anyone under about age 25, you’ve probably noticed that they have a hard time putting down their smart phones. This may be responsible for the dramatic increase in distracted driving among young adults.
As we discussed in our last post, a series of tragic, often-fatal accidents has been occurring across the U.S. in recent years. Because of poor rear visibility in modern cars and SUVs, 228 people are killed every year, on average, in backup accidents. Perhaps hundreds more are injured. All too often, they’re children under the age of 5 -- mostly when a parent or relative was at the wheel.
The Houston Chronicle recently recalled the tragic 2011 death of a 4-year-old Kingwood girl in a backup accident. Heartbreakingly, her mom was at the wheel of the SUV that killed her. She had been in the habit of running out of the house at the last minute to greet her parents or to say goodbye, and it was apparently that habit that ended her life.
A collection of statistics from the FBI, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Traffic Injury Research Foundation are pointing to a growing trend of drunk driving among women. While the rate of men arrested for DWI and DUI has been declining nationwide since 1995, the research found that the rate for women is rising at the same time. In fact, the latest statistics from the FBI show that women accounted for nearly a quarter of all drunk driving arrests in 2011 -- a dramatic rise since the early 80s, when women only made up 10 percent of those arrests.
It’s about that time of year again. Here in Texas and across the United States, kids are about to start walking, biking and riding buses to school. Whether your mourn the end of summer or are excited about fall, you may need a refresher course yourself on avoiding motor vehicle accidents involving children.
How many hours could you drive before you became so drowsy you couldn’t drive safely? How many hours before you would actually fall asleep at the wheel? What if you were driving a 80,000-pound truck?
You may have heard the statistics that four out of five parents are making potentially deadly mistakes with their children's car seats. According to the National Safe Kids Campaign, 80 percent of parents make an average of three mistakes on the choice of an appropriate child safety seat or in its proper installation.