Take a look at the safety features on some of the newest cars on the market,
and you will be astonished with what technology can accomplish. Most of
these safety features are standard, too, meaning that people of all income
brackets can enjoy them. Of course, self-driving innovations are considerably
more expensive but the fact remains that cars today are safer than they
ever have been. So, why are
fatal car accidents on the rise again?
The National Safety Council (NSC) tracks auto accident injuries and fatalities,
year over year. According to their findings, 2015 say around 2,500 more
car accident fatalities than 2014. Preliminary numbers also indicate that
2016 will have more than 2015, showing a general rise in fatal traffic
collisions, despite a rise in safety technology. The NSC believes it has
found the culprits behind this strangely paradoxical statistic.
Gas Prices, Cellphones & Other Preventable Mistakes
Even though lower gas prices are great for your pocket, they are technically
not good for your safety. 2014 saw a big drop in gas prices across the
country and a respectable decrease to the unemployment rate. With more
people on the road and affording to take longer trips, Americans are traveling
more total road miles year over year since 2014. The more people on the
road, the more likely someone is going to cause a crash.
The other leading cause of this rise in fatalities is everyday complacency
in the average American motorist. People believe they are safe and sound
in their vehicles, that if anything goes wrong, it will happen to someone
else. This relaxed mindset is the groundwork for dangerous and
distracted driving behaviors, such as
driving while intoxicated or while reading text messages.
Consumer Affairs recently posted an article that discussed how drivers aren’t just
texting behind wheels anymore, they’re actually playing around with apps. (Click here to check out their article in full.) As the president of the NSC pointed
out, 100 car accident fatalities a
day in the country speaks loud and clear that a motorist’s focus must
always stay on driving, no matter how safe and technologically advanced
their car may be.
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