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NHTSA releases 2018 traffic death data

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration , there was a 2.4% drop in traffic deaths in 2018. In that year, there were 36,560 deaths throughout the country. The NHTSA said that the drop was partially because of safety technology installed in newer vehicles. New York motorists might be pleased to learn that data suggests that there was a decline during the first six months of 2019 as well.

Researchers analyze distracted driving habits

Teen drivers in New York and throughout the country are the most likely to engage in distracted driving. Teen drivers are also the most likely to get into accidents, and accidents can occur because of cellphone use or rubbernecking while passing the scene of another crash. Younger drivers may be prone to using their phones to send or read text messages, browse the internet or complete other tasks.

Newer pickups put passengers at higher risk for injury, death

Modern two-row pickups are putting passengers at a higher risk for injury and death than drivers. Pickup owners in New York should know that this was the conclusion of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety after a series of driver- and passenger-side small overlap frontal crash tests. Eleven pickups were involved, and the IIHS report gave each one a rating from "poor" to "good" regarding driver- and passenger-side safety.

Five tips for greater road safety in New York

In 2018, the number of car crash fatalities reached around 40,000. Though this represented a 1% decrease from the previous year, the number is still exceedingly high. That year also saw 4.5 million people injured in car crashes, which amounts to one person being injured every seven seconds. With these five tips, drivers can keep themselves and others on the road just a bit safer.

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