Revolutionary New Study Attempts to Find Out More About Car Accident Causes

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A new study is being conducted to find out more about car accident causes.

In spite of the fact, that close to 35,000 people are killed in auto accidents every year, there is still a lot that car accident lawyers do not know about what exactly happens just before an accident. Investigations often provide few clues about driver behavior and actions in the seconds leading up to the crash, and much of the crash investigation currently focuses on tire skid marks, cell phone records, and other tangible data that can help identify the causes of the accident. A new study could provide more answers to the mystery of exactly what happens before an accident.

The research is based on real-time study of driver behavior in a car environment just before an accident. The study is called the Naturalistic Driving Study, and is being coordinated by the Strategic Highway Research Program.

As many as 3,100 cars across the country have been equipped with a number of   devices that are aimed at monitoring and evaluating the driving environment in driver behavior while driving. These cars have been equipped with GPS devices, alcohol-detecting sensors, accelerometers, radar systems, and   other technologies. These devices have been installed to help track and monitor the driver’s use of brakes, turn signals, lights and horns.

For example, the alcohol-detecting sensors will detect if there is alcohol inside the car, and the camera systems that are installed in discrete locations will capture the gestures and expressions of the driver as he drives. There are other cameras that also record the driver’s interactions with the dashboard.

The point is to capture all possible data and information just before an accident, in the hope that this will provide clues into car accident causes. Obviously, this is a highly ambitious study, and a very exciting one too.

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Average Age of Senior Motorists on the Increase

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It is fairly common in California nowadays to find persons in their 70s and 80s operating a motor vehicle.

It is fairly common in California nowadays to find persons in their 70s and 80s operating a motor vehicle. The average age of senior motorists has increased, and there have been advancements in medical technology that now allow senior drivers not just to live longer, but also remain mobile and independent for longer periods of time. According to a new study, the number of 100-year-old drivers on our roads is also likely to increase.

The data shows that the number of 100-year-old people in the United States has jumped a staggering 65.8% over the past eight years. Back in 1980,   the number of people who lived to the age of 100 and above was approximately 32,194. That number has increased to a whopping 53,364 100-year-old centenarians in the year 2010.

Such an increase in the number of persons living to be 100 is being seen across the globe as well. For instance, in the United Kingdom there are at least 200 drivers who continue to operate a vehicle, in spite of being above the age of 100. In that country, the number of people who are above the age of 70 and continue to operate a car legally recently crossed 4 million for the first time ever.

In 2011, in the United States, there were more than 22 million drivers above the age of 70. That makes it approximately 79% of the population above the age of 70 that had operating driver’s licenses. It also comprised approximately 11% of all motorists in the country.

This indicates that the average age of senior motorists on our roads is also likely to increase over the next few years. That raises questions about the safety of senior motorists, who regardless of how independent and mobile they are, are likely to suffer from several age-related conditions that can impact their ability to drive safely and enhance crash risks.

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Cruise Control Can Increase Risk of Drowsiness in Drivers

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Many auto safety technologies have helped reduce the risks of accidents, and have made the experience of driving a much more enjoyable one for motorists.

Many auto safety technologies have helped reduce the risks of accidents, and have made the experience of driving a much more enjoyable one for motorists. However, some of them also have their side effects. For instance, new research seems to indicate that the use of cruise control and speed limiters can actually help increase the risk of drowsiness in drivers.

The study was conducted by Vinci Autoroutes Foundation in Paris. The researchers based their findings on an analysis involving 90 French motorists. All of these motorists were put through a driving simulator. The subjects belonged to three separate age categories-18 to 30, 40-50 and above 60 years of age. In each category, motorists were subjected to an experiment using the driving simulator.

The researchers were looking at measuring the effect of using cruise control and speed limiters on driver behavior. They found that younger drivers between the ages 18 and 30 were most susceptible to feeling drowsy at the wheel, when they used cruise control and speed limiters, compared to 40-year-olds or seniors above the age of 60. The researchers also found that most motorists in the 18 to 30 age group suffered from fatigue while using cruise control and speed limiters, and this affected their ability to safely merge into traffic.

The researchers are therefore suggesting that motorists in this age category use these technologies cautiously, instead of using them all the time and randomly. They’re not suggesting that these technologies be avoided because they definitely are beneficial in helping avoid accidents, especially speeding-related crashes and drowsy driving accidents. However, younger drivers should exercise more caution while using these technologies.

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Why Alcohol Increases Accident Risks

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A study finds that persons who believe that driving under the influence of alcohol is wrong, may change their beliefs when they have had a few alcoholic beverages.

The fact that alcohol severely affects a person’s judgment skills is something that is often blamed for a person’s high risk of being involved in an accident, while driving under the influence of alcohol. A study finds that persons who believe that driving under the influence of alcohol is wrong, may change their beliefs when they have had a few alcoholic beverages.

The interesting new study was published recently in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experiment to Research, and was funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.   According to the research, when people who normally believe that driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous, have a few alcoholic beverages, they are likely to change their tune. These people are likely to even drive under the influence of alcohol, and may not believe that it is wrong.

The research involved 82 young adults, and researchers at the University of Missouri compared these adults, especially their attitude and willingness to drive under the influence of alcohol when sober and after drinking a few alcoholic beverages.

The researchers say that they were prepared for the change in attitude after drinking alcohol, but they were not in a prepared for such a substantial difference in attitudes. People who were aware of the risks of driving after having had a few drinks suffered a change in attitudes after a few drinks.  Those beliefs flew out the window after a person had a few alcoholic beverages.

Alcohol contributes to thousands of alcohol-related car accidents every year, injuring and killing thousands of people. These accidents are catastrophic, not just because they involve a high number of fatalities, but also because they are typically high- impact accidents that often result in severe injuries too.

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San Francisco Car Accident Linked to Red Light Running

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A recent accident that left a San Francisco police officer injured has been linked to a red light violation and cell phone use.

A recent accident that left a San Francisco police officer injured has been linked to a red light violation and cell phone use.

The accident occurred in San Francisco, and involved an officer running a red light. According to a witness, the officer appeared to be using a cell phone at the time of the accident, and ran a red light. As a result, he broadsided another vehicle. The police officer suffered injuries, although there are no details about the nature of those injuries.  The matter is currently under investigation. The other motorist was not injured in the accident.

Red light violations are a major cause of broadsiding or T-bone car accidents every year. Broadsiding accidents are side-impact accidents that are devastating in their impact, because passengers of the car that is being struck have very little protection from severe injuries.

In a frontal impact accident, the front of the car absorbs much of the impact, protecting the occupants inside. However, in a side-impact accident, there is little to protect passengers and nothing to absorb the impact of the collision. As a result, there is a high risk of injuries and fatalities. Even a car that is equipped with side airbags may not help protect occupants in a broad siding accident.

Red light violations are very often linked to distractions. Often, motorists who are distracted by cell phone may not notice a red light, and may run a red light with severe consequences. Red light violations are also frequently linked to speeding. A speeding motorist is much less likely to slow down for a red light, especially at nighttime, when there is lesser traffic.

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BMW Recalls Vehicles Due to Tail Light Problems

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BMW has announced a recall of a number of cars, beginning from model year 2008 through 2010.

BMW has announced a recall of a number of cars, beginning from model year 2008 through 2010. As many as 102,100 cars of the model year 2008 to 2010 528i, 535i, 550i, and M5 cars are included in the recall. The cars that are   included in the recall list were manufactured between March 1, 2007 and December 31, 2009.

The BMW recall is being linked to a defect that might cause increased resistance at a light electrical contact. Over a period of time, there may be damage to the ground terminal and housing of the connector. This could result in a permanent or temporary malfunction of rear light functions. One or all rear light functions may be affected by this defect. In case of a malfunctioning like this, the driver may not be able to switch on tail lights, turn signals, brake lights or backing lights.

As a result, the driver may not be able to warn other about drivers about his intentions while driving. This can dramatically increase the risk of an accident.

BMW has begun the process of notifying owners about this defect. Owners of these cars are requested to contact their dealers immediately. Dealers will get the rear lamp bulb carriers replaced free of charge.

This is the second time that the German auto maker has had to recall a series of vehicles because of an auto defect. A similar recall had been initiated back in 2011. That recall had involved approximately 241,000 cars from the 2002-2005 model years. The recall was also linked to a problem with the lights, and was triggered by a defect petition filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, asking it to investigate repeated light failures in BMW cars. After an investigation, the agency recommended a recall, but BMW resisted, until it finally gave in.

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Binge Drinking Is Not Restricted to Men Alone

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Binge drinking is the excessive consumption of alcohol during a single session, and is often linked to destructive alcohol-related behaviors like driving under the influence of alcohol.

Binge drinking is the excessive consumption of alcohol during a single session, and is often linked to destructive alcohol-related behaviors like driving under the influence of alcohol. According to new data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is not just men who engage in such destructive practices.

The data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in fact finds that women also binge drink, and it’s not just young women who drink excessively. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines binge drinking as drinking five or more alcoholic beverages in a single session in the case of men, and drinking four or more alcoholic beverages over a short period of time in the case of women. Those differences between genders are due to the differences in the capacity of the body to tolerate or absorb alcohol.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women who drink excessively in this manner, can often drink much more than outlined in the definition. On an average, an American woman consumes approximately 6 beverages during a session, and might binge as many as three times on average in a single month. That indicates that binge drinking is a fairly serious problem among women, and is also a much neglected problem because much of the focus on binge drinking tends to focus on males, especially young males and college students.

Binge drinking leads to a number of destructive behaviors, including driving under the influence of alcohol, and a person who has an  excessive amount of alcohol in his system is much more likely to cause a drunk driving accident.

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Drivers of Upscale Cars More Likely to Drive Aggressively

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According to new research, drivers of BMWs, and other high-priced top model cars are much more likely to display aggressive behaviors, and are generally likely to be the least polite or courteous drivers around.

According to new research, drivers of BMWs, and other high-priced top model cars are much more likely to drive aggressively , and are generally likely to be the least polite or courteous drivers around.

For years now, the bad driving habits and driving manners of drivers of not just BMWs, but other high-priced models have been the butt of jokes. However, those jokes could actually be based on very strong scientific facts. According to research that was conducted last year at the Institute of Personality and Social Research at the University of Berkeley, drivers of upscale cars, may be more likely to indulge in aggressive or poor driving practices, like failing to stop for pedestrians at crosswalks or driving at high speeds.

The study was published last year, and focused on how motorists reacted to pedestrians who waiting to cross a crosswalk. A total of 152 motorists and their behavior towards pedestrians were analyzed. It was found that BMW drivers were much less likely to stop for pedestrians at a crosswalk. Increasing the risk of a pedestrian accident.

The team analyzed on how BMW drivers behaved when they were at a four way stop intersection. They were specifically looking at how often drivers were likely to cut in front of others even when it was not their turn. The researchers found that drivers of expensive cars were much more likely to jump turns.

Those findings about BMW drivers were confirmed once again in a study in the United Kingdom, which found that BMW drivers were involved in some of the highest numbers of road rage-related incidents. This particular research was based on a survey, which asked women about the type of car and motorist that they normally found in aggressive driving-related incidents. Men between ages 30 and 50 driving blue BMWs were found to be the most likely to be involved in aggressive driving practices.

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Americans Are Most Sleep Deprived People in the World

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The results of a new poll by the National Sleep Foundation confirm every car accident lawyer’s worst fears-most American motorists are probably driving under the influence of extreme fatigue or sleepiness.

The results of a new poll by the National Sleep Foundation confirm every car accident lawyer’s worst fears-most American motorists are probably driving under the influence of extreme fatigue or sleepiness.

The National Sleep Foundation recently released the results of its very first international poll that compared sleep habits across a number of different countries. People in six different countries were polled about their sleeping times, and sleep-related attitudes and habits as part of the poll. The 2013 International Bedroom Poll compared people who lived in Mexico, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany and Canada. All of the persons in the study were between the age of 25 and 55.

Not surprisingly, the poll finds that Americans are some of the most sleep deprived people on the planet. Americans and Japanese get the least amount of sleep. These people report approximately 30 to 40 min lesser sleep on work days, compared to people in other countries. On an average, Japanese and Americans slept for about six hours and 20 min, and six hours and 30 min respectively.

53% of the Americans also reported sleeping less than seven hours on work nights in contrast with just about 39% of respondents in the United Kingdom, 30% of Canadians, 36% of Germans and 29% of Mexicans reported sleeping less than seven hours on work nights.

To reduce the risk of being involved in a drowsy driving-related accident and sleeping better, you might want to change the smell of your sleep environment. Studies have found that the right kind of scent plays a strong role in mood building and relaxation. You’re much more likely to sleep in a room that smells good and pleasant.

Lack of sleep can severely impair a person’s ability to drive safely, increasing the risks of causing a deadly accident.

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Feds Place Restrictions on Self Driven Car Tests

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The federal administration does not intend to be left behind when a number of companies that have already announced their decision to launch self-driven cars, actually do so.

The federal administration does not intend to be left behind when a number of companies that have already announced their decision to launch self driven cars, actually do so. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently confirmed that it will require uniform testing standards for these vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has for a while now been intrigued by driverless car technology, and has been also very impressed by the safety potential of these cars. The federal administration has announced a four-year long study of these cars that will specifically focus on the kind of regulations that the administration will place on automakers, and recommendations for state laws.

In other words, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does not intend to be in a situation whereas it has no information about what is happening in this market, and has little say when these companies introduce their self-driven cars.

The agency however has confirmed that these self-driven driverless car technologies have huge potential in reducing the number of accidents. The agency wants companies that intend to test these cars to have some kind of uniformity in testing standards, and to move slowly towards this new technology. The technology looks very promising to car accident lawyers but right now, there are no driverless cars that are currently in use anywhere in the United States. However, companies have been testing these cars in a few states like California that actual permit such testing. For instance, Google tested a driverless car recently.

However, progress in this field has been very quick, and the age of driverless cars are not even decades away. In fact, according to Google, its driverless cars could be on the road in just a few years.

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