Distracted driving is common in New Hampshire and across the nation. One report showed that almost 8 in 10 consumers talk on the phone while behind the wheel. Around 30% have almost been in serious accidents because they were driving while distracted.
Many people in New Hampshire are concerned about the dangerous effects of road rage. Aggressive, angry drivers can pose a serious threat to others on the road, even if another person's careless or reckless behavior originally provoked their outrage. Some cases have drawn attention to road rage, including a woman who accidentally shot her husband when attempting to shoot another vehicle and a family that suffered injuries after a driver shot their van, igniting fireworks inside. There has been a consistent increase in road rage incidents over the years.
General Motors has released the results of a study that it conducted with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute on the effectiveness of ADAS: advanced driver assistance systems. After looking at the crash data for 3.8 million GM vehicles, analysts found just how well ADAS can prevent crashes. Drivers in New Hampshire will want to know more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.