According to a 2016 Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report, 44 percent of drivers killed in car crashes tested positive for controlled substances. This figure was based in cases where test results were known for a driver. That is an increase of 16 percent over a period of 10 years. Of those who were on drugs when killed, 38 percent had marijuana in their system. Furthermore, 4 percent had both marijuana and opioids in their system.
A car accident can happen in a split second, even when drivers are cautious. If the unexpected does occur, anyone involved is legally obligated to stop regardless of the extent of the damage. When engaging with the other people involved, it's wise to not admit any responsibility. There are other important steps that can be taken following any type of car accident that may facilitate certain insurance and legal processes.
Rideshare drivers in Illinois and across the U.S. are at elevated risk for drowsy driving, according to a position statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The statement was published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine on April 15.
Motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted drivers claimed 3,477 lives throughout Illinois and the rest of the country in 2015. Unfortunately, most road safety experts expect the problem to get even worse in the years ahead. Smartphones and automobile entertainment and navigation systems are often blamed for the recent surge in distracted driving accidents and injuries, but studies have found that talking to passengers may actually be the most distracting behavior that motorists engage in.
The highways of Illinois see their fair share of accidents. Unfortunately, many of them end in fatalities. Since all kinds of factors can contribute to an accident, drivers will want to know how to remain safe. Some factors are beyond control, however, they still require drivers to respond in a cautious manner.
Illinois residents and others may feel more tired than usual as they adjust to the clock moving an hour forward. According to AAA, about 10 percent of accidents are attributed to drowsy driving. In addition to the lost hour of sleep, the time change may result in darker conditions when drivers head to work in the morning.
State governors have a crucial role in the reduction of traffic deaths not only in Illinois but in the rest of the U.S. This is emphasized by the release of a new report from the National Governors Association. Serving as a "road map" or policy development tool, the report offers concrete recommendations and strategies for improving highway safety.
Motorists in Illinois may not think that drowsiness poses as great a risk to driving as alcohol or smartphone distractions. However, new research shows otherwise. While U.S. government statistics, which are based on police reports and post-crash investigations, found that drowsiness causes only 1 to 2 percent of all crashes, a new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says that the percentage may be higher.
The National Transportation Safety Board and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have each sent a team to investigate the recent crash of a Tesla Model S electric car that was on "Autopilot." While neither would comment in detail about the pending investigation, it is likely they want to understand the role the Autopilot system played in the frightening wreck.