Driverless vehicles will undoubtedly be a part of the not-so-distant future. In fact, while testing them in several states, some collisions have occurred -- one of which was fatal. However, with drivers in charge of non-autonomous vehicles, car accidents cause a significant percentage of overall reported deaths in Philadelphia and elsewhere. Many of these crashes involved alcohol. Can you imagine the number of lives that could have been saved if every impaired driver was not behind the wheel but in the back seat of a driverless car?
More and more it seems that the devices that people purchase to help manage their busy lives are actually managing and even dictating their behavior. Perhaps you have seen this phenomenon throughout Pennsylvania; people with their eyes fixated on the screens of their smartphones while being oblivious to their surroundings. Perhaps they are texting or checking their email. Or maybe they are playing Pokemon Go, a game that has taken the country by storm.
With the arrival of summer, many Pennsylvanians are making plans to hit the road, see the sights and have great vacations. Thanks to the advent of cell phones, GPS devices, and other modern technical marvels, it has never been safer to be on the road for long stretches of time.
If you are ever on the road and spot someone who you suspect is driving under the influence, your first priority is to look out for your safety along with the safety of any passengers you have on board. This means that if you encounter a vehicle that's traveling at an excessive rate of speed or maneuvering erratically, in and out of different lanes, you should give it plenty of room.
We live in an age of constant connectivity. The advent of cell phones and the Internet has allowed us to always be in contact with others. But while mobile communication devices may be wonderfully convenient, their use should be limited to times and places where we can talk or text safely.
You are driving along the 95 South, stuck in traffic wishing that they would hurry up and finish construction. You hear a screeching, your head snaps backward as you are jolted out of the reverie by a nondescript midsize sedan. You groggily shrug off sleep and awake in a room lit by the deathly glow of fluorescent lights and filled with the unceasing hum of machines.
Every year in Pennsylvania sees countless accidents on the roads. Many of these incidents leave the victims with serious injuries, long-term disabilities or worse. Yet so many of these devastating events could have been prevented by the responsible party taking a little more care. Unfortunately, a single mistake is all it takes for disaster to strike and everyone else on the road is endangered as a consequence.
Most people in Pennsylvania have experienced a car accident at some point in their lives, or seen one occur. It is often a traumatic and difficult experience that can leave everyone involved deeply shaken, even if they are physically unscathed. Sadly, crashes like this happen all too often, frequently because of the negligence or irresponsibility of someone on the road. Unfortunately, everyone around them pays the price for that one person's mistake.
Everyone is likely aware of how seat belts can save lives when motor vehicle accidents occur. By keeping occupants in a vehicle when a crash occurs, they are afforded the protection of the steel structure which can minimize the severity of the injuries they incur. As an accident that recently occurred in South Philadelphia illustrates in some situations seat belts could serve another function as well—preventing a crash from occurring at all.
While it is of course possible for drivers of all ages to be involved in car accidents, teen drivers are some of the most prone. These incidents can lead to serious injuries and even death. According to the PennDOT website Just Drive PA, for people between the ages of 16 and 24, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death.