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Distracted driving continues to pose a danger

Most New Hampshire drivers know that using the phone or texting while behind the wheel is dangerous. Many severe car accidents and even fatalities have been linked to distracted driving, and widespread public awareness campaigns have drawn attention to the issue. In many states and municipalities, law enforcement agencies have stepped up ticketing and penalties for drivers found texting. However, large numbers of Americans continue to use their smartphones while driving, even when they know it is dangerous behavior. According to Liberty Mutual Insurance's Multi-National Distracted Driving Study, people across all age groups commonly use their smartphones behind the wheel even while regarding themselves as safe drivers.

Subaru Crosstrek tops Insurify list of most crash-prone cars

Of all the newer vehicles driving around New Hampshire and across the U.S., the Subaru Crosstrek is the most accident-prone. Insurify, the auto insurance comparison site, has come out with a list of 10 vehicles that are involved in the most accidents, and a report states that accidents have affected 25.81% of all Crosstrek models on the road. At 25.7%, the Honda HR-V was a close second.

Knowing what distractions to avoid on the road

Drivers, especially teen drivers, in New Hampshire may benefit from the following tips on avoiding distractions behind the wheel. Taking one's eyes from the road for even two seconds can double the risk of a car crash. To know how to prevent distractions, it's important to understand the common causes.

Women more likely to suffer serious injuries in car crashes

Drivers in New Hampshire may be surprised to hear that women are more likely than men are to incur serious injuries in an auto accident: 73% more likely, in fact, according to a report from City Lab. The trend was detected as far back as 2011 and continues unabated.

Nation's most dangerous cities for drivers found on both coasts

Motorists in New Hampshire and across the U.S. can't always steer clear of drivers who make the roads less safe. However, it's important for drivers to understand that some cities and roadways are more dangerous than others. According to a report issued by a leading auto insurance company, some of the nation's worst drivers are found on the east and west coasts. The report ranks 200 metropolitan areas based on the frequency of collisions.

IIHS: cars with ADAS not self-driving, but many think otherwise

Advanced driver assistance systems like adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking can help prevent accidents in New Hampshire and across the U.S. The only problem is that many do not understand their limitations. ADAS are meant to assist drivers, not replace them; they do not make a car self-driving. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has conducted a survey to find out just how widespread the confusion is.

The concept of negligence in auto accident cases

Vehicle accidents are usually caused by the negligence of one or multiple parties involved. New Hampshire residents who have been in an accident may be wondering if they are eligible for compensation. However, this depends on who was negligent and to what degree. All drivers have a duty to exercise reasonable care. When they fail in this, they are negligent. When negligence directly leads to injuries or other losses, victims may file a claim.

IIHS tests reveal pickup truck safety vulnerabilities

Medium and full-sized pickup trucks have become familiar sights on New Hampshire roads because they offer an attractive combination of practicality and rugged durability. However, the results of a recent series of accident simulations conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggest that some trucks may not provide passengers with adequate protection in a crash. The road safety nonprofit group found passenger-side vulnerabilities in vehicles produced by Chrysler, General Motors, Honda, Toyota and Nissan.

Reducing car occupant injury with external airbags

Car manufacturers, insurance companies, drivers and passengers are all interested in improving car safety and reducing occupant injury. This is one of the reasons why New Hampshire residents may be interested in learning about steps that auto manufacturers are taking in adding external air bags to vehicles.

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