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How many crashes are caused by vehicle problems?

Traffic collisions have many different causes, such as distracted driving, drowsiness, intoxication, and carelessness, to name a few. However, some accidents are the result of vehicle problems, such as faulty brakes or a blown-out tire. Unfortunately, many people drive around in vehicles that are not safe and should not be on the road, putting innocent lives at risk and threatening their own well-being also. As a result, it is crucial for drivers to understand just how many accidents happen because of problems related to vehicles.

The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration states that 15,000 motor vehicle crashes were estimated to have been caused by problems with tires between 2005 and 2007, according to data they collected. During this same time frame, an estimated 10,000 accidents involved brake problems, while an estimated 17,000 involved unknown or other vehicle problems. It is clear that problems with a vehicle play a major role in the number of motor vehicle crashes that happen every year.

The problem of texting and driving continues

With today's impressive technologies, the constant use of cell phones has become second nature for most Georgia residents. Although these devices have clear benefits, those benefits do not add up when put behind the wheel of a car. A short text or call may seem harmless, but changes in Georgia laws remind drivers that just a few seconds of distraction could alter one's life forever.

Earlier this month, WSB-TV announced that Georgia's governor had taken steps to reduce distracted driving in the state. Governor Nathan Deal signed a distracted driving bill at Georgia Southern University that would make it illegal to hold a cell phone while driving. The university marked the location of a horrific texting and driving accident that resulted in the deaths of five nursing students in 2016. Rather than allowing residents to see the changes as an act of oppression, the governor reminded locals that the efforts aimed to keep Georgia's drivers as safe as possible. 

The outlook of america's trucking industry

As with most industries, the world of trucking has seen a myriad of changes over recent years. While a more diverse demographic now nearly dominates the industry, there are aspects of truck driving that do not change. Even with these changes, Georgia trucking employees know the typical challenges of the job all too well.

One aspect of trucking that has seen some major modifications involves the workers themselves. FleetOwner magazine shared last September that shifting demographics are changing truck driver management as a whole. How does this affect the average employee? FleetOwner goes on to state that, with an aging trucker population, the industry currently aims to attract younger employees, as well as women and minority groups. Possible approaches include offering higher pay, prolonged time with loved ones and extended personal outreach. At the time of the article's release, roughly 40 percent of employees were minorities and about 6 percent were women.

How Can I Prevent Accidents From Occurring?

As a driver in Marietta, you’re no doubt concerned with safety when out on the road. While you can’t always prevent accidents from occurring, there are steps you can take to decrease the chance of serious injury or damage to vehicles. Edmunds.com offers the following tips to ensure you and other drivers remain safe and secure when on the road.

1. Don’t Ignore Your Blind Spots

What is a traffic reconstruction expert?

When a serious accident occurs in Georgia, it is likely to be investigated with the help of a traffic reconstruction expert. The law enforcement entity in charge of the investigation may have a specialist or team of specialists on staff or on contract to help when needed. The at-fault driver may also have an independent expert on his legal team, or the insurer may hire one to help determine fault.

According to crashforensics.com, police are looking for help determining whether a criminal act was involved in the crash, such as speeding, alcohol use, or maybe a driver fell asleep at the wheel. Both police and independent inspectors are looking for the cause of the accident.

Proving pain and suffering after an accident

A car accident can create a domino effect of stress and confusion. Any Georgia driver who has experienced such an unfortunate situation is aware that the work does not end when the accident does. Instead, drivers could face overwhelming insurance procedures, car repairs and even personal injuries long after a wreck has happened.

It is easy for an accident to consume all of life's categories. While each situation may differ depending on the seriousness of the accident, some drivers may struggle to find the best course of action after events have unfolded. There are some basic details about proving pain and suffering after a car crash that drivers can keep in mind.

Texting and driving: the grim facts

Spreading awareness about the dangers of distracted driving is one matter; practicing safety while driving is another one entirely. Countless Georgia residents can admit to driving distracted at least once in their lives; most would not think twice about sending a quick text while stopped at a red light. The statistics, however, shed light on inherent dangers of this driving habit, and reveal that they are not as risk-free as some might assume.

Using a recent study, cycling enthusiast magazine Ice Bike shares that over 3,000 people die each day as a result of a car accident. Of the 2.5 million people in the country who become involved in road accidents each year, 1.6 million also involve cell phones. Unfortunately, so many of these accidents could have been prevented. Ice Bike is hardly the first to mention the dangers that come along with today's era of technology: mobile phones have allowed for quicker networking, but also can lead to more hazardous driving. Ice Bike considers texting and driving to be an epidemic deserving of nationwide attention, stating that more states should adopt texting and driving laws to protect its citizens.  

New car gadgets and distracted driving

Distracted driving is a phrase most Georgia drivers are familiar with, especially with today's increasingly accessible technology in cars. With smart phone holders, USB chargers and dash cams being some of the hottest commodities in today's market, it is easy to see how some drivers could get carried away with the gadgets and spend minimal attention toward an aspect of driving that they should be aware of most: the road. Are these new technologies really that dangerous, and, if so, are there specific ones to watch out for? 

Road and Track Magazine appears to give an affirmative answer to the aforementioned question. In an article on the most dangerous driving habits, the automotive enthusiast outlet notes that driving tired, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and distracted driving are among the riskiest habits. Quoting statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the article reveals that there are an average of 660,000 distracted drivers keeping the road hot at any given time. Road and Track goes as far as to encourage readers to shut off their cell phones completely while driving, backing the federal government's attempts to ban texting and driving over recent years. 

Impaired driving among truckers

Among the many risks that you face when taking to the road in Georgia is being hit by a drunk driver or a drugged driver. When this impaired driver happens to be a commercially licensed driver operating a large and heavy vehicle like a tractor trailer, the consequences of an accident can be gruesome and tragic to say the least. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is the arm of the federal government tasked with monitoring commercial transportation nationwide and maintaining public safety.

The FMCSA has developed what it calls its Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse in an effort to curb and ideally eliminate instances of drugged or drunk driving by truckers. The clearinghouse is essentially a database repository of testing and violation records for drivers with commercial driving licenses. The program requires that truckers submit to substance testing before they can be hired for a driving job. The results of these tests are logged to the database. Failure of a test may prevent them from being able to drive commercially.

States considers ban on handheld phone use for drivers

Many decades ago, residents in Georgia began hearing a lot about the dangers of drunk driving thanks to the public advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving and others like it that have since been formed. Today, society faces yet another serious risk on the roads that has yet to receive the level of scrutiny that drunk driving has. That risk is distracted driving. Sadly it appears that it requires more people to keep dying before something is done about this growing threat.

The Georgia Department of Transportation released traffic fatality numbers that show significant increases between 2014 and 2015 and also between 2015 and 2016. In that two-year span of time, the state saw the number of vehicular deaths rise from 1,170 in 2014 to 1,561 in 2016. How many of those deaths may be linked to the use of cell phones, GPS devices or other electronic devices is not known yet that is not stopping lawmakers from pushing to pass a new distracted driving bill.

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