Distracted driving can be dangerous on Georgia roads and others throughout the country. In the time it takes to read a single text message, a vehicle traveling at 55 miles per hour will cover the length of a football field. Further research indicates that drivers who are distracted for any reason are more likely to get into an accident in a highway work zone.
While the nationwide opiate crisis has drawn attention in Georgia due to growing issues with addiction as well as fatal overdoses linked to potent substances, some research may indicate that prescription opioids may also be related to some deadly car crashes. According to a study, the drivers who were found to have caused fatal accidents were almost twice as likely as the ones who weren't responsible to have been under the influence of prescription opioids at the time of the accidents.
Excessive speed is to blame in roughly one out of every three traffic deaths in Georgia and throughout the country. This was one of the key takeaways from a recent report issued by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). The GHSA report says that speeding deaths occur because there is no stigma attached to driving too fast. However, it does say that there are ways to help drivers reduce their speeds.
Talking on the phone is a serious form of distraction, one seen in many drivers across Georgia. However, using a phone to send texts or surf the web is more dangerous as it takes a driver's eyes completely off the road. Unfortunately, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, more and more drivers are using their phones for these activities that exclude talking.
Drivers in Georgia with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder might face bigger challenges when trying to pay attention in traffic. The neurological disorder impairs their ability to maintain focus, control impulses or resist talking and fidgeting. These problems could interfere with safe driving, and a study of drivers with ADHD who were involved in car accidents linked medication to lower rates of crashes.
Most Georgia drivers appreciate the need to exercise caution when driving on the interstate. Extra caution is often needed when driving alongside large dump trucks or concrete delivery trucks. Statistics show that there has been an increase in the number of serious accidents involving these types of large vehicles.
People in Georgia who use their seat belts and avoid driving drunk or speeding are less likely to be killed in a motor vehicle accident than those who do not follow these practices. The World Health Organization's 2018 Global Report on Road Safety also identified failure to use child restrains or motorcycle helmets as contributors to the worldwide fatality rate in traffic accidents in 2016 of 1.35 million deaths. This is the leading cause of death worldwide for people ages 5 to 29 and is the eighth leading cause of death globally across all ages.
Although Georgia rarely sees large amounts of snow, the state is still prone to experiencing freezing temperatures, ice and sleet during the winter. Combined, these weather conditions can lead to serious driving hazards. While it's recommended that drivers avoid hitting the road in the middle of bad winter weather, there are times when getting behind the wheel is a necessity.
Georgia drivers share space on roadways with thousands of commercial vehicles every day. While some of these big trucks are piloted by drivers with many years of safe driving experience, others may have someone with just a few weeks of experience behind the wheel. While it's impossible to know the driving record of nearby truckers, motorists can dramatically improve their odds of being in a crash by understanding the hazards and following a few safe driving habits when adjacent to transport trucks hauling freight.
Georgia residents may find themselves commuting in the dark now that daylight saving time has ended. Though motorists in general only do a quarter of their driving at night, 50 percent of traffic deaths occur during this period. According to the National Safety Council, the risk for a fatal car crash triples at night. The following are just some of the factors in this trend.