Residents of New York who use opioids for chronic pain or acute injuries probably know what the effects can be like. For people who are not used to the effects, it is common to experience psychomotor and cognitive impairment. Opioids can cause drowsiness and impair judgment. It's not surprising, then, that opioid use and driving do not go together.
Most workers feel exhausted driving home to Brooklyn after a long night shift. Some of them might experience the warning signs of dangerous drowsiness that could lead to car accidents. Frequent blinking and yawning, lane drifting and blanking out for miles indicate that drivers are at a heightened risk of falling asleep behind the wheel. Shift workers who put in long hours or night hours are among the categories of people most at risk for drowsy driving accidents. Commercial drivers are also vulnerable to getting tired while operating buses, tractor-trailers or tow trucks.
Brooklyn residents may be wondering what can be done about distracted driving. Road signs and public service announcements are telling everyone about the dangers of distracted driving, yet many drivers do it anyway. As a result, distracted drivers are behind more and more accidents. Every day in this country, such accidents claim the lives of nine people and injure about 100 people.
It's not too hard to be a safe driver when winter comes and places ice and snow on the roads. Drivers simply need to remember a few facts and act accordingly. This is assuming, of course, that drivers are heading out only when necessary. First of all, the slippery conditions that ice and snow create cause the tires to lose traction. To keep what little traction they have, then, drivers must slow down.
Every year in New York and across the U.S., an average of 328,000 car crashes occur because of drowsy driving. Some 109,000 of the crashes result in injury, and 6,400 end in death. Most people are aware that drowsiness is dangerous in drivers: It slows one's reaction times and reduces one's ability to concentrate. Yet 27% of respondents in AAA's 2018 Traffic Safety Culture Index admitted to driving drowsy at least once in the previous 30 days.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drivers in New York may have read about the many road rage incidents that occurred across the country during the summer of 2019. Newspapers reported that a Wisconsin woman was shot after a minor car accident while teaching her son to drive. In Alabama, a woman reportedly tried to shoot another driver during a road rage incident and instead shot her husband. A Houston couple and their children were severely injured when another driver shot their car and ignited the fireworks being carried inside.