Our readers in Connecticut have likely been seeing more reports in the news about so-called "autonomous" vehicles, as several different car companies and other companies begin to expand their experimentation with this technology. But, could autonomous vehicles really have that much of an impact on the number of car accidents and fatalities that occur on our nation's roadways?
Of the thousands of car accidents that occur across America every year, we are fortunate that a majority of them only involve damage to the vehicles involved, with no injuries. However, the sad reality is that many car accidents do result in injuries and, in some cases, fatalities.
Not everyone does their best to drive safely on the roads of Connecticut. In fact, as previous posts here have pointed out, distracted driving is seemingly more prevalent than ever before, and there is one significant cause: cellphones. Since cellphones have become so commonplace, there has actually been a reversal in the trend of fewer car accidents and accident fatalities that had been occurring for years. Now, the statistics show that the number of accidents and fatalities is increasing.
There are statistics and rankings about everything these days it seems, so it should come as no surprise to our readers that the 50 states have been ranked in order of how deadly the roads in those states are for senior-aged drivers. Fortunately, Connecticut ranked as one of the safest states for senior drivers.
Not everyone gets the chance to own a new car but, for those who do, these days there can be a dizzying array of options to choose from. Advances in technology have brought all kinds of entertainment options into your car, gas mileage is improving and features like heated seats make it more comfortable to drive in the winter weather. But, what about safety features? Are the latest advances in these features worth the expense?
During the winter months we are less likely to see bicyclists on and near the roadways in Connecticut, but when the weather breaks they will be out and about as usual. Many more people seem to be engaging in bicycling as a form of exercise these days, and some are even using bicycles as their primary mode of transportation. Unfortunately, when bicyclists are near the roadways, car accidents can occur.
Christmas has come and gone, but the New Year's holiday is right around the corner. In the midst of the holiday season here in Connecticut, Mothers Against Drunk Driving -- "MADD" -- recently warned about the dangers of drunk driving, especially around the holidays.
Two of the most dangerous things to be on the lookout for on the roads are drunk drivers and distracted drivers. Unfortunately, this is the time of year when both types of drivers are likely to be more prevalent on the roadways in Connecticut.
Connecticut residents know that there is no shortage of distractions for drivers on the roads today. We've had radios in our cars for decades, but now the distraction of smartphones has taken over as the most pressing concern. States throughout the country have attempted to enact laws that would police the dangerous activity of using smartphones while driving.
Late November is not a time of year when most people would expect to see motorcyclists on the roads of Connecticut, but the winter weather hasn't been all that bad yet, so our readers are probably still seeing some motorcycles around. Unfortunately, not all drivers pay attention to motorcycles on the roads, and that is when deadly accidents can occur.