Self-driving cars have been encountering problems for several years. In May of 2016, a driver was killed when his Tesla Model S, which was on Autopilot, collided with a truck. Arizona, back in March of 2018, saw the first pedestrian death involving a self-driving car. Ohio drivers may find themselves agreeing, then, with a Rand Corporation report that automakers are not sufficiently test-driving their vehicles in their rush to get them out on the market.
Ohio residents may be aware that it's wise to get at least seven hours of rest each night. However, they may find that goal hard to achieve. In the wake of daylight saving time, it becomes even more difficult. This is why the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is recommending everyone to adjust their sleeping schedules.
Some busy Ohio intersections are fairly safe for motorists thanks to either well-coordinated traffic lights or roundabouts that force drivers to go counterclockwise around an island. However, there are some intersections and stretches of road that may present certain driver safety risks. This is believed to be the case in the area where a fatal crash occurred near westbound State Route 32 and Interstate 275. The three-car collision resulted in the death of an 86-year-old woman.
Motor vehicle accidents in Ohio can cause a variety of injuries. Ailments may occur even after minor "fender bender" accidents. Unfortunately, many people delay seeing the doctor because they feel fine immediately after the incident. But some injuries can be delayed for several days. There are several symptoms that could indicate a more serious injury has occurred after a car crash.
In Ohio and across the U.S., the number of car crashes among mobile workers is on the rise. There were 5.7 million such crashes in 2013 and 6.4 million in 2017 -- a 12.3 percent increase. In that same period, the number of mobile workers with smartphones jumped from 55 to 77 percent. The vehicle management and reimbursement platform Motus has connected the two trends in its 2018 Distracted Driving Report.
When Ohioans drive while drowsy, they make the roads more dangerous for others. The symptoms of fatigue can interfere with a motorist's reaction times and ability to focus.
Ohio drivers may take steps to protect themselves from the damage caused by car accidents by buckling up behind the wheel. Research has found that wearing a seatbelt could help decrease the severity of liver injuries incurred in car crashes. However, wearing a seatbelt cannot eliminate the risk of damage to the liver in a collision, and the costs of this kind of injury can be significant both physically and financially.
The popularity of ride-sharing services in Ohio is increasing as passengers want an inexpensive way to travel around and drivers see a financial opportunity that provides them flexibility and independence. However, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, fatigue and sleeplessness are creating risks for drivers and passengers in the ride-sharing industry.
Autonomous vehicle technology is exciting to many people in Ohio because of the futuristic potential it presents for self-driving cars and a world without auto accidents. Car accidents can be costly and dangerous, causing severe injuries and even deaths; most are attributable to human error behind the wheel. Automated vehicles present the opportunity for a future of cars that are free of these human failings. At the same time, others warn of technological problems that could prove to be equally unsafe.
The causes of fatal accidents in Ohio can vary by a significant degree. In some cases, the accident may be caused by driver error; in other cases, the issue may have been with the road conditions.