From smartphones and in-vehicle technology to everyday activities like eating and drinking, a driver can be distracted by a number of things while behind the wheel. Distracted driving crashes result in thousands of deaths every year in Arizona and across the U.S. with 3,166 fatalities reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2017. Avoiding distractions will reduce the risk for an accident.
Senior care website The Senior List has compiled a list of the best and worst states when it comes to car crashes involving drivers 65 and older. Arizona residents should know that their state fell into neither the top 10 nor the bottom 10. All the same, it is important to know the danger that senior drivers can pose, especially if they choose to ignore the signs that they are unfit to be behind the wheel.
Arizona residents should know that 2015 and 2016 saw a spike in the number of motor vehicle crash fatalities: the highest, in fact, since the 1960s. It is a good thing, then, that 2017 and 2018 have both seen a decline in fatalities, slight though they may be. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 37,133 roadway fatalities in 2017: a 2% decrease from 2016. Now, it has predicted a similar dip in its 2018 preliminary report.
Historically, the back of a car has been seen as safer than the front of a car to ride in. However, advances in car safety technology have largely focused on those who sit in the front. This is partially because it is easier to design features when those who sit in the driver and passenger seat are typically adults. Conversely, those who sit in the back may be adults or children.
When a motor vehicle accident happens in Arizona, it may be necessary to establish whether it is the result of negligence in a legal sense. Negligence as a legal concept rests on the assumption that the driver of a vehicle has an obligation to operate it in a way that is safe.
By the early 2020s, all vehicles made by Volvo will include technology that can monitor drivers for signs of drunk or distracted driving and potentially intervene, according to an announcement by the company. The move is intended to reduce traffic-related injuries and deaths in Arizona and around the world.
Highway work zones are always a dangerous area for Arizona drivers to navigate because of their narrow lanes. Speeding, though, is not the only form of negligence that can lead to crashes in these zones. A study from the University of Missouri has found that distracted drivers are 29 times more likely to get in a collision or near-collision in highway work zones than drivers who are attentive.
Many drivers head out on the road without getting enough sleep. The longer they stay awake, the greater their drowsiness becomes and the higher their chances of causing a car wreck. Fatigued driving has been likened to driving while intoxicated. The National Sleep Foundation says that being awake for 24 hours is like having a blood alcohol content of .10, which is just over the legal limit of .08.
Citizens of Arizona who have purchased a car in the past decade are likely aware of the excitement that comes with that new car, a big part of which comes from exploring all the gadgets and gizmos installed. If anything, people want more technology in their car: A recent survey found that more than 7 out of every 10 American adults would pay for new technology in their car whereas less than a quarter of those surveyed were already content with their current tech.
Self-driving vehicle technology just took a big step forward in Arizona. On Dec. 5, Google introduced a short-distance ride-hailing service in the Phoenix area featuring its Waymo autonomous cars.