The car parts manufacturer ZF Group has released some safety data that could get automakers to consider the benefits of external airbags. However, Connecticut residents should know that external airbags, like self-driving cars, are far from being perfected, much less implemented on vehicles.
Chances are high that many drivers in Connecticut have not gotten a good night's sleep. Results from multiple surveys show that about one-third of people fail to sleep at least seven hours each night. Health experts recommend that adults sleep for seven to nine hours a night. Sleep deprivation impedes people's ability to operate a vehicle safely. Drowsy drivers contribute to about 7 percent of all motor vehicle accidents. Among fatal crashes, as many as 16 percent of them arise from sleep-deprived drivers.
Car safety technologies can help Connecticut drivers to avoid accidents and injuries. However, in many cases, they may not understand how these advanced systems work and may tend to overestimate their capacities, according to a study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Fetures like blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control can be great tools for drivers in staying safe on the roads, but many drivers expect too much from these systems.
A report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety concluded that rear automatic braking in newer vehicle models can reduce the number of backup crashes by 62 percent. Connecticut residents with a recent model will want to see if rear autobrakes are an option, though it is a fact that they are only available on 5 percent of new vehicle models.
People who drive on back roads in Connecticut may encounter dangerous traffic intersections. Some rural roads with high speed limits of up to 55 mph may come together with only a stop sign. These locations are often prone to experiencing severe and even deadly car accidents. However, a number of traffic safety experts are recommending the use of roundabouts or traffic circles as a way to make these junction points safer for drivers.
The hazards of drunk driving are well known to people in Connecticut. However, drowsy driving can be just as dangerous. To educate the public about the impairment caused by sleep deprivation, a safety engineer from Chevrolet is touring cities with a drowsy driving simulation. The simulation invites people to put on a 23-pound suit and goggles that make them experience the sensation of driving while on the verge of falling asleep.
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.
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.
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.
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.