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.
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.