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NHTSA launches distracted driving advertising campaign

Distracted driving accidents in Florida and around the country claimed the lives of 3,477 road users in 2015, according to figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Studies suggest that about 660,000 drivers use mobile electronic devices during daylight hours. While smartphones and vehicle information, entertainment and navigation systems are considered by most road safety experts to be the primary cause of the alarming increase in distracted driving accidents, researchers have found that speaking with passengers is even more distracting for motorists.

Autonomous cars are programmed to drive like humans

Florida drivers who are awaiting autonomous vehicles may be interested to learn that, according to a computer professor, the way these vehicles are programmed may not be safe. The problem potentially lies in the fact that the programs have human teachers. As a result, the cars are essentially learning how to drive like humans.

States can act to improve highway safety

In Florida and across the United States, roadway safety is both a significant issue for drivers as well as a major public policy concern. Car accidents can be the cause of major property damage, severe personal injuries and even fatalities. A report by the National Governors Association aims to provide advice to state governors about action steps that can help reduce the risk of car accidents, injury crashes and roadway fatalities in their states. In particular, the report emphasizes the role of governors in coordinating statewide efforts to improve safety.

How April 20 impacts fatal car accident rates

April 20 has been known as a holiday for marijuana enthusiasts in Florida and throughout the country since 1992. As marijuana becomes increasingly legal in the United States, researchers wanted to know if there was an increased crash risk on that date. Researchers looked at crash data from 1992 to 2016 on April 20 as well as a day during the previous week and the week after it.

Insurers may set pricing based on smartphone use

Florida motorists may worry about the threats posed by distracted drivers who text and play with their smartphones while operating their vehicles. Research has shown that driving while texting can increase the risk of car accidents. Due to the widespread concern, insurance companies are taking note of the risk in their own pricing process.

Plans to prevent DUIDs

Florida residents may be aware that the country is facing an opioid addiction epidemic, and with this has come an increase in accidents involving drugged driving. Adding to authorities' concerns is the legalization of marijuana in various states, which has reportedly contributed to the problem. In order to tackle the issue, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is planning a summit to discuss ideas and possible solutions to the drugged driving problem.

Prompt reporting of car accidents the safest choice

Florida drivers involved in car accidents should pay attention to how promptly they need to report the incident to their insurance providers. Waiting too long after an auto accident caused by a reckless driver or other negligent driver may mean losing the ability to obtain compensation for property loss, medical expenses after a personal injury and other expenses. It often doesn't matter who is at fault because most third parties like insurance companies must be contacted anyway.

Loss of control, driving blind and other car accident causes

Florida residents might be at a greater risk of a car accident since crashes are on the rise. In 2015, traffic fatalities went up 8 percent across the country over the prior year, and in 2016, more than 40,000 people died in U.S. motor vehicle accidents.

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