The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration stated the obvious when it reported that good vision is part of good driving health. In fact, the NHTSA recommends that all drivers who are at least 60-years-old should receive an annual test for cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy to help prevent an auto accident.
Aggressive driving and road rage are highly dangerous behaviors that can result in serious injury or death. Road rage is suspected as the cause of a three-car crash earlier this month in South Carolina which resulted in two serious injuries.
Many workers have a workplace that is not an office but consists of a truck, bus or vehicle that is used in their jobs. However, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that work-related roadway vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death from traumatic injuries in the U.S. workplace. The CDC reported almost 12,000 deaths between 1992 and 2000 and 23.5 percent of civilian worker deaths in 2000 from these accidents.
Ford motor company is blaming driver error as a defense against a multi-state lawsuit which alleges that the manufacturer is responsible for a design defect in its 2002-2010 models. According to the suit, these vehicles were equipped with an electronic throttle control and were susceptible to sudden and unintended acceleration. The plaintiffs, consumers of affected vehicles purchased in South Carolina and 13 other states, filed this lawsuit on March 28 in a U.S. District Court.
Aggressive driving and road rage has safety and legal consequences. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has reported that a substantial number of car crashes are attributed to aggressive driving while road rage incidents have led to death or injuries in all 50 states.
A South Carolina Senate bill, if enacted, would increase the mandatory minimum coverage for uninsured motorist insurance from $10,000 to $25,000. Uninsured insurance coverage would equal the liability policy minimum that motorists are required to have to pay other drivers for car accidents under this proposal.
Text messaging while driving is distracting and dangerous. Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times more likely to be injured in a car accident according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The NHTSA also reports that texting distracts a driver from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds which is equivalent to driving the length of a football at 55 miles-per-hour while blind.
As Americans grow older, the number of drivers over the age of 65 has increased. This increase also makes these drivers more susceptible to an auto accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that older drivers, or those who are over 65 years old, made up 15 percent of all licensed drivers in 2008. However, 5,288 older people were killed and another 187,000 were injured in traffic accidents in 2009, according to the NHTSA. Persons over 65 years old comprised 16 percent of all traffic fatalities and 8 percent of all injured persons in crashes for that year.
South Carolina traffic fatalities increased for the second year in a row in 2012 according to preliminary information released by the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Attempts to prevent drivers and pedestrians from the risk of car accidents have been unsuccessful.
Intersections, speed, chain-reaction collisions and reckless driving may be a lethal combination for drivers. Drivers who do not exercise reasonable care or comply with traffic signals at intersection may cause a car crash and serious injuries.