Oklahoma residents who are concerned about vehicular safety should be aware of a new study that shows ADHD medication makes a significant difference in a driver's ability to pay attention. The study, which was published in JAMA Psychiatry, examined more than 2.3 million people and determined that car accidents occur at much lower rates among medicated ADHD patients than among ADHD patients who are not taking medication.
Autumn is in full swing in Oklahoma, which means the days are shorter and the nights are longer. According to the National Safety Council, it also means that drivers have a greater risk of getting into a fatal car accident.
Roads in Oklahoma are becoming safer as more car manufacturers add automatic driving functions to newer model vehicles. These safety systems are not intended to substitute for careful human drivers, however. According to a study by AAA, most people don't understand the limitations of advanced safety technology.
As drivers in Oklahoma know, the school year brings new traffic challenges. It's important to become more vigilant behind the wheel and remember a few tips. For example, drivers will want to watch out for children at crosswalks, by bus stops and in school zones. To avoid collisions, they should cut out all activities that take their eyes from the road. This includes eating, texting and adjusting the radio while behind the wheel.
Oklahoma motorists should not assume that their vehicles are safe even if they are equipped with safety systems. Drivers will still need to pay attention to the road if they want to avoid getting into accidents.
With children out of school, there are plenty of people in Oklahoma who take long road trips over the summer. Unfortunately, summertime also sees an increase in the number of car accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that car and motorcycle crashes are the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries that require hospitalization.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, more and more drivers in fatal car crashes are being found with drugs in their system. Oklahoma residents will want to know about the study that the GHSA has conducted regarding the issue of drugged driving.
Distracted driving remains a serious problem in Oklahoma and other parts of the country even though most states have laws in place prohibiting cell phone use while operating a vehicle. However, research suggests the problem is actually getting worse. An analysis of nearly 65 million vehicle trips found distracted driving occurred during nearly 40 percent of them. It's also an issue that extends to certain drivers within the trucking industry.
Oklahoma residents who are suspicious of self-driving technology may have good reason to be. Despite what the auto industry has said, such technology has yet to be adequately tested in either real-world or simulated settings. A RAND study states that self-driving cars must be test-driven for billions of miles before they can be considered safe. In addition, when cars are only semiautonomous, they cause drivers to become complacent.
Soft tissue damage is a common injury faced by those involved in Oklahoma auto crashes. A collision and the sudden braking that follows can jolt the body back and forth to the point that the soft tissues (muscles, ligaments and tendons) stretch and become strained or even torn. Symptoms, which may appear hours or days after the accident, usually range from chronic pain to inflammation to bleeding. In some cases, victims have diminished motor functions.