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NSC estimates that car crash deaths topped 40,000 in 2017

In New York and across the U.S., the number of car crash fatalities is increasing. The National Safety Council made a preliminary estimate back in February stating that there were 40,100 car crash deaths in 2017. The rate came to 12.28 deaths for every 100,000 people in the U.S. and 1.25 deaths for every 100 million vehicle miles traveled. While the number was lower than in the previous year, it wasn't by much: There were 40,327 reported deaths in 2016.

Small car drivers more likely to be injured

Car accidents in New York can be dangerous and painful no matter what kind of vehicles are involved. There is an escalating fatality rate due to motor vehicle crashes across the country despite the advances in safety features that have been developed by auto manufacturers. New vehicles often feature 10 airbags around the cabin in an attempt to avoid injuries as well as backup cameras, lane detection technologies and other systems that aim to prevent crashes from taking place.

Travelers warns of more distracted drivers in summer

In the summer, as most drivers in New York are aware, more people are on the road for vacations and holiday celebrations. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that drivers travel 20 percent more miles in summer than in winter. It also states that the months of June, July and August see 29 percent more deaths on America's roads than the months of December, January and February.

Distracted driving poses a growing threat

Distracted driving is on the rise in Brooklyn and across the country. There are a number of factors that can play a role in the proliferation of distraction on the road, but one of them could be the built-in entertainment and guidance systems that are featured in many of today's most popular vehicles. Because these systems are much more full-featured than the car radios of the past, they present a comparatively greater potential for distraction. A study by the AAA's Foundation for Traffic Safety indicates that this could undermine safety on the roads.

Large percentages of deceased drivers test positive for drugs

New York motorists may be interested to learn that according to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association, 44 percent of drivers who were killed in car accidents in 2016 tested positive for drugs. Of those, 38 percent tested positive for marijuana, 16 percent tested positive for opioids and 4 percent tested positive for both.

Independence Day is among the most dangerous holidays

New York drivers might already be making plans to travel over the Fourth of July holiday. However, they should keep in mind that this holiday is the deadliest of the year. During the weekend leading up to July Fourth, more people are on the road and there is lots of drinking and partying. All of these factors combine to increase the number of serious and deadly accidents.

Disabling cellphones may prevent distracted driving

Technology is one reason why people drive while distracted. It could also be the reason why drivers in New York and throughout the country start focusing more on the road. A tool called Drive ID allows passengers to use their phones while a vehicle is moving. However, the driver is unable to send or receive text messages or phone calls. If the driver were to become a passenger, that person's phone would regain its full functionality.

Recent crash raises doubts about Tesla's Autopilot

Drivers in New York who keep up with the advances made in semi-autonomous vehicle technology may remember an accident that occurred in Utah back in May. The driver of a Tesla Model S turned on Autopilot, a driver-assist program, and took her hands off the wheel for 80 seconds to use her phone. She then collided with a parked fire truck.

What to do after a car accident occurs

For many New York residents, getting into a car accident is an experience to avoid. However, motorists are always at risk for being involved in motor vehicle accidents no matter how carefully they drive. Therefore, all drivers should be aware of the basic steps to take if one does occur.

Recent Tesla accidents raise concerns, criticism

Anyone in New York who watches the news regularly knows that Tesla's semi-autonomous vehicles are getting in a lot of accidents. One of the more recent crashes occurred in Utah when the driver of a Tesla Model S collided with a fire truck and suffered a broken ankle. While the Autopilot program was on, the driver admitted that she was looking down at her phone when the accident occurred.

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