Technology to Keep Sloshed Drivers off the Road

Technology to Avoid Accidents Due to IntoxicationThe Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration together have joined hands to prevent drunken driving and accidents related to it. Preventing the cars with drunken drivers to hit the road will be the first step towards avoiding severe injuries and accidents. The organizations are funding for a research, Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS). The groups have funded nearly $10 million to make this project fruitful.

New Technologies by DADSS

This technology is developing an in-vehicle system which can prevent the drivers whose blood alcohol limit is more than legal limit, say 0.08. Ignition interlock device is being made use currently. This device is wired to your car’s electrical system that has small breath analyzers wired to it. In case, the driver is found to be drunk with blood alcohol level above 0.08, then the engine would not start. With this technology showing good results, DADSS wants to come up with more and more innovations as such to curb drunken driving related accidents which are more effective, easily affordable, user friendly, does not require high maintenance and can reach out to public.

Two new inventions have been made by DADSS in order to measure alcohol level: distant  spectrometry and tissue spectrometry. Tissue spectrometry measures alcohol concentration through ‘touch’ methodology. When device is touched by the drunken driver, a scan will occur and an infrared light passes through the driver’s skin and appears on surface, where the touch pad analyzes, collects the data and determines alcohol concentration in driver’s tissue.
In distant spectrometry, driver’s breath is used as the source to detect alcohol level. Here alcohol concentration is determined by measuring carbon dioxide from driver’s breath. It does not involve any contact method, detects only from the driver but not other passengers.

These devices require a lot of funding and many organizations along with insurance companies of U.S have taken up endorsing in order to prevent accidents and deaths due to drunken driving. Though it costs lot of money, installation of such devices can save many lives. Also, this would not prohibit and U.S citizen from enjoying his/her life. They can always enjoy a glass of wine on their dinner table or party with beer.

Accidents and Injuries with A Static Car

Accidents and Injuries with Static CarMany records and data collected states that collisions and accidents occur even when the car’s engine is turned off. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports, few car related accidents does not have to really involve a moving car. A twisted metal, dented bumper or inflation of air bags are certain effects of a car crash. These in reality can also strike an immovable vehicle and damage it’s parts.

Common Accidents Incurred

  1. Commonly reported car related incident is injury caused when closing door. You can hurt you fingers,arm or hand while closing the car door. Nearly 150,000 incidents have been reported every year which makes it obvious to crave for our attention.
  2. Another injury reported is due to over exertion, usually caused when people are pushing an immovable vehicle or unloading vehicles. This can result in minor injuries like small cuts and bruises. Injuries can be less harmful or more.
  3. This might sound funny, but more than 84,000 injuries are sustained by people while getting in or out of their vehicle. They might fall or collide with any object or person on immediately stepping out of the vehicle causing an accident.
  4. More than10,000 were injured while using jack or any kind of hoist trying to meddle with car break down.

Most of the car related accidents can be easily prevented. Close to 50% of victims who incur stationary car related accidents are children between the age of 2 and 5. A little awareness and a simple care in doing even the simplest thing can avoid such instances. Do not hurry up and try to save those minutes, take that necessary time needed to deal with your vehicle. Most of the insurance companies do not cover the incidents caused by a static car. Check with your agent before you commit to an insurance company.

Consequences of Car Accident – Calm is The Word

To Face The ConsequencesMost of the car accidents occurring everyday in Ohio are fatal. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports 1,238 crashes which were labeled as fatal on roads of Ohio. 1,277 and more deaths occurred due to car accidents all across the Ohio state, out of which 54% were passengers in vehicles, other 23% were driven by light moving trucks or heavy vehicles. Ohio is ranked fourth worst in the nation for having the most deer related auto accidents.
Ohio state paid out more than $11 billion for the injuries and damages. Driving under intoxication seemed to be certainly a major problem in many drivers nearly 4 out of 10 or even more auto accidents occurred. Speed being an another factor of all the fatalities nearly 20 percent, costing around $1 million for the state.

Ohio’s Minimum Requirements and Rules

As every state, Ohio requires all its citizens who drive a car to carry a car insurance policy with minimum liability coverage. State mandates a minimum of $25,000 to cover all persons personal injury involved in the car accident, it is subject to limit of $12,500 for any individual and for property damage a limit of $7,500. Ohio rule says, if the driver is responsible for 50% and even more for an accident then that driver is not liable to recover for the damages from the other driver. Else, the victim will receive compensation as per their portion of responsibility.

After The Crash

Never loose your calm. Check for injuries and call the ambulance immediately when in doubt. If the accident is minor then move cars to safe place to avoid traffic. Turn on vehicle’s hazard lights to intimate other drivers, you can also use warning triangles, cones or flares. Do call the cops, no matter the accident is minor or major. Make sure not to leave the accident spot until the police files a complete report.

Do remember to collect details such as names, their correct address and contact numbers of the driver and other members involved in the car accident. Also get the description of car, license plate number, car insurance company and vehicle identification number of the other party car. Call your insurance agent immediately along with the cop. Sometimes the officer filing a report can give better and accurate information than you to your car insurance company. This will surely save your time later when waiting for your claim process to happen quicker. Nevertheless, car insurance is a savior.

Distracted Driving Pays High on Premium

Distracted - Pay High PremiumAccording to a survey conducted by American Automobile Association, it is found that 41.5% of crashes occur due to “Driver Attention Status” and 8.6 % because of “Unknown Distraction” amongst all the incidents related to distraction.

The practice of texting while driving has been viewed as hazardous. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) labels eating, smoking, drinking, reaching for object in car, adjusting environmental control, cell phone use and adjusting radio as major distractions which happen while driving a car. It is proved that cell phone drivers exhibited greater impairment than intoxicated drivers. Drivers using cell phone while driving were found to drive, apply brakes slowly than other drivers and hence a crash.

Texting While Steering

Reaction time slows by approximately thirty percent when a driver texts while driving. This is primarily due to the fact that the driver has to divert his or her attention back and forth between the tasks of texting and driving and has to take extra time to re-focus his or her attention on the road ahead.
Survey showed that drivers who text while driving tend to decrease the speed while also experiencing delayed reaction times, which is almost certainly a recipe for disaster. Following too closely and hitting the brakes too slowly are two behaviors that constitute negligent driving.

Grooming While Driving

Needless to say, the act of grooming or primping while driving is one that causes more than its fair share of accidents on the roadways, especially in high-traffic areas where people tend to perform a good chunk of their morning shaving while in the vehicle on the way to work or school.

On any given day in a heavy- or medium-traffic area, one is likely to see a multitude of derivatives of this behavior. It is not at all uncommon to see another driver putting on makeup, tweezing his or her eyebrows, styling his or her hair, generally checking his or her appearance etc.
The issue with all of these forms of activity is that when a driver is focused on his or her assorted bodily locations, that driver is not completely focused on the road ahead, forming a major cause of an accident.

Calling Over The Phone

This activity takes the biggest share of accident cause. Once the driver indulges in the conversation , he naturally looses the concentration on the road. The response time increases to apply brakes or identify any road signals.

Eating or Working While on Wheels

Many people consider traffic signal stops or pedestrian crossings as leisure periods to do their personal work. Eating or working over their office laptops while driving again distracts the road concentration and leads to accidents.

Accidents caused as your fault leads to issual of tickets. As the number of tickets increases, the premium rates on insurance also goes high.