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Wearable device aims to reduce car accident risk

The use of biometric devices by the general public is nothing new, but most have been centered on person fitness and security. Georgia motorists and their passengers might benefit from the latest application of biometric technology designed to reduce the risk of car accidents. It is called Steer, and it rouses drowsy drivers by delivering a small electric shock.

Lower unemployment means higher death rate on the road

Georgia residents may be interested to learn about a potential higher risk of dying while driving thanks to the latest economic recovery. According to the IIHS, there were 30 deaths for every million registered vehicles from the 2014 model year. There were only 28 deaths for every million registered vehicles from the 2011 model year. The increase is partially attributable to the fact that people drive more during better economic times and that they may take more risks while on the road.

IIHS top safety rating given to 3 cars

Georgia residents who are looking to purchase a new carmay be interested to learn that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave three vehicles the highest rating for crash worthiness. These vehicles were the Lincoln Continental, the Toyota Avalon and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan. However, three other vehicles that were also tested did not make the cut.

Self-driving cars face resistance on safety grounds

Although many Georgia motorists might be interested in the prospect of owning vehicles that operate themselves, advocates say that the technology isn't ready from a safety standpoint. As one government representative noted, around 2 million injuries occurred on American roads in 2016 along with more than 40,000 fatalities. While companies are working to advance driver-free technology, many lawmakers continue to be wary of the risks of turning vehicle control over to machines.

AAA study suggests that road rage is a common problem

Georgia residents may be shocked to learn that close to 80 percent of the motorists surveyed about road rage in 2016 admitted to expressing severe anger or aggression while behind the wheel during the previous 12 months. Researchers from the AAA's Foundation for Traffic Safety say that their findings indicate that about 8 million American drivers are involved in serious road rage incidents each year. Examples of serious road rage incidents include ramming vehicles and exiting vehicles to confront other motorists.

Fulton County accident claims the lives of 4 teens

Authorities in Georgia have reported that four teenagers were killed and a fifth was left severely injured when an SUV was struck by a semi-tractor trailer in Fulton County on the afternoon of April 24. Police reports indicate that the SUV ran a red light immediately prior to the collision, which took place at the intersection of Butner and Ridge Roads and Campbellton-Fairburn Road in Fairburn at approximately 1:17 p.m.

Proving mental distress after a car crash

Depending on the facts in an auto accident case, a Georgia resident may be able to recover financial damages for PTSD from the at-fault driver. Such cases need to be filed within the same statute of limitations period that applies to other accident causes of action, unless the statute is tolled due to the plaintiff's incapacity. While a person may be able to pursue damages for mental distress, it may be harder to prove as there are no visible or other objective indications of such an injury.

The NHTSA reports that distracted driving is on the rise

Georgia motorists should avoid using their smartphones while they are driving. They may put themselves and others at risk, and when they are distracted by their phones, they are less likely to be able to drive defensively in response to other distracted drivers.

Determining liability and failing to brake

Georgia motorists may be concerned about whether they can be held liable for failing to brake before crashing into another vehicle. They should know that there may be factors other than driver error that may have contributed to why a vehicle failed to stop, and they should all be considered to determine liability.

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