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New tech may be linked to rise in distracted driving

Smartphones, built-in infotainment systems and automated features are changing the way people in Connecticut drive, so it's no wonder that distracted driving is such a widespread issue. At the same time, the number of fatal car accidents is going up, and though the two trends have not been definitely linked, they are clearly not coincidental.

Software could be the key to combating driver distraction

Proponents of autonomous vehicle technology claim that self-driving cars could virtually eliminate human error on the roads, but questions about the reliability of these systems have been raised in Connecticut and around the country after a self-driving vehicle was involved in an accident that claimed the life of a pedestrian. An SUV that was being used by the ride-hailing company Uber to test autonomous systems struck and killed a woman as she stepped into the road, and video footage taken from inside the SUV suggests that the person behind the wheel may have been distracted at the time.

Autonomous vehicles suffer from human influence

For many people in Connecticut and across the United States, one of the most appealing factors of autonomous vehicle technology is the way that it could help improve safety and reduce the number of traffic accidents. Since interest in these technologies is so safety focused, there is a high level of interest and publicity when accidents do happen involving driverless vehicles. In March 2018, a pedestrian fatality in Arizona involving a self-driving car received widespread news coverage. One professor believes that it is the influence of humans themselves that limits the safety of autonomous vehicles.

Soft tissue damage and its common symptoms

Drivers in Connecticut who were involved in an accident have been suffering from aches and pains ever since will want to know more about soft tissue damage because this may be to blame. Soft tissue refers to the muscles, tendons and ligaments. When these non-bony parts of the body are strained, sprained or torn through any sudden, uncontrolled movement, they can lead to chronic pain and swelling. In serious cases, these injuries lead to bleeding and the loss of motor functions in the limbs.

Distracted drivers can cause car accidents

If Connecticut residents think about it, technology advances in the last few decades are mind-boggling. Younger residents probably can't envision a time without cell phones and texting. However, these advancements aren't always a blessing, and sometimes the use of these devices can be hazardous to one's health.

Many car accidents stem from common causes

Drivers in Connecticut always have good reason to be concerned about an auto accident when taking to the roadways. A large number of car crashes happen throughout the United States each year, with numbers exceeding 60 million. More than that, the number of accidents has grown year over year in 2015 and 2016. Because car accidents can cause significant bodily injury or even death, researchers have dedicated themselves to understanding the causes of auto accidents in order to lower the number of accidents and cut down on driving behavior that can lead to preventable injuries.

Pokémon Go and the rise in traffic accidents

According to a study conducted by two Purdue University professors, the smartphone-based game Pokémon Go has contributed to an increase in traffic accidents. While their data was culled from the car crash reports made in another state, their conclusions can be applied to Connecticut and the rest of the U.S.

Multiple factors lead to an annual holiday rise in death rates

As people in Connecticut prepare for the fall and winter holidays, medical professionals prepare for the rise in death rates that always accompanies the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. There are several reasons that death rates climb in the fall and remain high through the winter, including car accidents that begin with heavy holiday traffic.

The car accident aftermath: remain calm and help others

When you get into a car accident, it is common to wonder what you are supposed to do next. The moments immediately after the wreck are adrenaline-fueled and mentally-jarring, so it is not surprising when accident victims are a bit stunned for a few minutes after bumper meets bumper.

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