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Taking steps to protect your rights after a car crash

With the school year coming to a close and the summer holidays approaching, residents in Pennsylvania and elsewhere can likely expect to experience an increase in traffic. Because many seek to drive to their vacation destinations, it is possible to see more traffic at any point of the day. While this is great for tourism and revenue in the state, it can become problematic for motorists. Distracted driving, drowsy driving and driving while intoxicated are three major concerns on the roadways. When a motorist is negligent, this puts many lives at risk and increases the chances of an automobile accident occurring.

Keyless ignitions put Pennsylvania drivers in peril

When one pictures injury from a vehicle, the image conjured likely involves damaged vehicles. But not all automotive peril in Pennsylvania derives from car accidents. Some of the danger is far more insidious, involving no damage to the vehicle and victims who are not even in the car: carbon monoxide poisoning. And a key culprit in dozens of carbon monoxide poisoning cases around the country is the keyless ignition.

IIHS studies rear automatic braking and other safety tech

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has recently tested the effect of collision avoidance systems on several new vehicle models. These systems included rear automatic braking and rear-view cameras and sensors. Their findings should interest drivers in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the U.S. due to the frequency of backup collisions.

Drowsy driving may factor into nearly 10 percent of crashes

Pennsylvania drivers may be interested to learn that drowsing driving could be a factor in as many as 9.5 percent of car accidents. These figures, which come from a new study, are much higher than U.S. government statistics, which have indicated that drowsy driving is only a factor in about 1 to 2 percent of car accidents.

Why drivers may pay more for texting and driving

Pennsylvania drivers may find that smartphone use could eventually play a role in determining their insurance premiums. Those in the insurance industry believe that drivers can be "coached out" of using their phones while driving. Therefore, basing premiums on smartphone use could lead to safer roads. A company called Arity tracks how smartphones are used in a vehicle.

The perils of drugged driving

Thanks to a decades-long campaign to get drunk drivers off the road, people living in Pennsylvania are well aware of the perils of drinking and driving. Sometimes, however, people are not as aware of the very real problem of drugged driving, which is getting behind the wheel after using legal or illegal drugs.

Road rage: defusing it in others and avoiding it in oneself

Aggressive and bullying drivers are as much a fact of life in Pennsylvania as they are anywhere else. They cut off other drivers, ride people's bumpers to make them move out of the way and steal parking spots. The question is not how to make such drivers kinder. Instead, the issue is how to keep them from getting angrier and to not make moves that can compromise everyone's safety. Like with many other things, the process begins with one's self.

Car crashes are often preventable, research indicates

Auto accidents are always a concern when drivers take to the roads in Pennsylvania and across the United States. There are over 6 million car crashes that take place across the country every year, and the number of collisions increased in both 2015 and 2016. These crashes not only lead to significant property damage but also major bodily injuries. This means that researchers are looking into the causes of auto accidents in order to develop more understanding about why the crashes occur and help to prevent future crashes, lowering the annual toll of injuries and fatalities.

Study reveals that roundabouts can reduce traffic fatalities

The number of fatal traffic accidents in Pennsylvania and around the country could be reduced if traditional intersections get replaced with roundabouts, according to a recent study from the Minnesota Department of Transportation. MnDOT researchers looked at the number of fatal and property damage accidents that took place at 144 junctions both before and after roundabouts were built. They found that road deaths plunged by 86 percent after traffic lights were replaced by traffic circles.

Driving in winter conditions

Many Pennsylvania motorists know that driving in winter conditions can be a daunting task. Driving on snow is far different than driving on regular asphalt. As such, people who drive in snow must have a different way of handling the wheel and pedals.

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