More than 10,000 road users lose their lives each year and a further 200,000 suffer injuries in motor vehicle accidents caused by drunk drivers according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Impaired drivers are responsible for 29% of the road deaths in New York and around the country and remain the nation's most serious road safety problem, and the figures suggest that public information campaigns about the dangers of getting behind the wheel after drinking are having only a limited effect.
With the help of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, drivers in New York may reduce their risk for a traffic accident. That includes not only crashes with other cars but also collisions with pedestrians and bicyclists. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has attested to the benefits of ADAS, and a 2018 study from J.D. Power confirms them with statistics.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has stated that the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the "100 deadliest days for teen drivers," so parents in New York may want to take notice. Teens are out on the road more during the summer, and they sometimes drive impaired by drugs and alcohol on their way back from parties. And to begin with, teens are inexperienced behind the wheel. These explain AAA's position.
New York residents who take legal action to recover damages after being injured in car accidents usually base their lawsuits on alleged acts of negligence. In order to prove a case based on the common law principle of negligence, they must establish that the driver who caused the accident owed them a duty of care that was not met. They must also prove, based on a preponderance of the evidence, that they sustained their injuries as a direct consequence.
Brooklyn residents should know that drowsiness and driving do not go well together. A 2018 AAA study found that 9.5% of all car crashes are caused by sleepy drivers. The National Sleep Foundation says that going without sleep for 24 hours will have an effect similar to that of having a BAC of .10, surpassing the legal limit of .08.
The Operation Safe Driver Week, an annual campaign held by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, is to be held this year in mid-July. Both passenger vehicle and commercial motor vehicle drivers in New York and across the U.S. (across all of North America, in fact) will be affected.
Approximately 7% of all fatal car crashes in the U.S. involve opioids. Drivers in Brooklyn should know that opioids can make one dizzy and sedated, taking away their alertness and slowing their reactions. Most opioid medications have warnings on their labels saying that one should not take them before driving or operating heavy machinery, but these warnings are being ignored.
Brooklyn residents know that drunk driving is a serious and widespread issue. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,874 people in this country died in drunk driving crashes in 2017. Every day, an average of 30 people die in such accidents in the United States. Volvo Cars has announced a plan to use new vehicle safety technology as part of the effort to reduce these crashes.
Some Brooklyn drivers may be among the 47 percent who report distracted driving is their primary concern in a survey by Root Insurance. However, many of those same drivers engage in distracted driving behaviors themselves. Root Insurance offers discounts to drivers who do not use their cell phones while they are behind the wheel.
Drivers in New York may be eagerly anticipating the release of fully autonomous vehicles. However, there are questions as to when that will actually happen and if it should happen in the next few years. One of the big problems has to do with whether or not people will want to give up being in control of their vehicles. There is also the question of what will happen when autonomous vehicles share the road with cars controlled by humans.