Drivers in Oklahoma and all over the country have likely seen car accidents on the side of the road. These crashes can cause minor or major injuries or death. One of the main causes of accidents is distracted driving, which can mean that drivers are doing everything from using a mobile device to changing the radio station in the car instead of paying attention to the road.
Dealing with a car crash and the resulting injuries and damages can be a real nightmare for Oklahoma motorists. Unfortunately, anyone on the road is at risk of being the victim of a distracted, drunk or dangerous driver. A car accident can cause serious medical problems and emergencies, but those urgent issues aren't the only concerns for victims. There are also concerns about how soon to report an accident and how to best work with insurance agencies to seek compensation.
Oklahoma residents could fall asleep without even knowing it while driving. Drivers could also cause an accident by rear-ending another vehicle or after losing control of their vehicle for any reason. Although some may believe that accidents are only caused by poor drivers, this is not necessarily the case. In fact, drivers may actually overrate their own ability to operate a motor vehicle.
Pokémon Go, the smartphone game that was launched in the summer of 2016, enjoyed a huge following but also led to many reports of injuries and accidents as players became distracted or oblivious to their surroundings. A study has shown that drivers are hit especially hard by the phenomenon, which is just one among many possible distractions. Though the results pertained to Tippecanoe County in Indiana, they could be equally relevant in Oklahoma.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a condition characterized by the inability to pay attention, poor impulse control and hyperactivity. A study published by "JAMA Psychiatry" has reviewed the records of over 2.3 million drivers diagnosed with ADHD. As Oklahoma motorists might expect, the research shows that accidents are less frequent among ADHD drivers who take medication than those who do not.
Oklahoma residents may be aware that the U.S. Department of Transportation launched an initiative in October 2016 with the goal of eliminating traffic accident deaths around the country within 30 years. The Road to Zero Coalition is made up of the Federal Highway Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the nonprofit National Safety Council, and much of its efforts will be focused on facilitating the development of autonomous vehicle technology.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that 37,461 people died in car crashes across the U.S. in 2016, creating a nine-year high. Residents of Oklahoma and elsewhere are concerned that new safety technology, such as automatic emergency braking, rearview cameras and lane departure warning systems, are doing little to stem the increase of deaths.
Some trucks in Oklahoma might be more dangerous if they have spiked wheel ornaments. These are decorative fittings attached to the lug nuts of tractor-trailer wheels. Made of plastic, metal or aluminum, they could extend far enough to injure a pedestrian, motorcyclist or bicyclist in an accident.
Oklahoma drivers may not realize that some car manufacturers have been designing collision warning systems for quite some time. Since then, research has shown that certain technology, like lane departure warning systems and blind spot alerts, can prevent car accidents that result in serious injuries.
While many Oklahoma motorists might be looking forward to the day when all of the vehicles on the roads are driverless, that time may not come as quickly as some experts predict. Multiple factors may interplay to prolong the widespread availability of self-driving cars, and the personal preferences of consumers may also make their adoption of these vehicles slower than anticipated.