Driver Behavior

Distracted driving: Trends, challenges, solutions

Robert P. Hartwig, Ph.D., CPCU, Special Consultant to the I.I.I. provided testimony to Georgia House Distracted Driving Committee.

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Facts + Statistics: Child safety

Causes of death from unintentional injuries among children differ significantly by age. For children under the age of 1 year, the most common cause of death was suffocation in 2015, the most recent year available. For children age 1 to 4 drowning was the most common cause of death followed closely by motor vehicle crashes. Motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for children ages 5 to 9 and 10 to 14.

 

Facts + Statistics: Drunk driving

Alcohol is a major factor in traffic accidents. Based on data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there was an alcohol-impaired traffic fatality every 50 minutes in 2016.

Background on: Self-driving cars and insurance

 

The topic

Each new generation of cars is equipped with more automated features and crash avoidance technology. Indeed, many of today’s high-end cars and some mid-priced ones already have options, such as blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision warnings and lane-departure warnings. These will be the components of tomorrow’s fully automated vehicles. At least one car manufacturer has promised to have fully automated cars available by the end of the decade.

Facts + Statistics: Drowsy driving

Research shows that fatigue is a significant factor in motor vehicle, commercial trucking and rail collisions.

Facts + Statistics: Aggressive driving

Aggressive driving is a major factor in U.S. traffic accidents, playing a role not just in well-publicized incidents of road rage, but in a large number of fatal highway collisions each year.

Facts + Statistics: Distracted driving

Activities that take drivers’ attention off the road, including talking or texting on cellphones, eating, conversing with passengers and other distractions, are a major safety threat.

Background on: Drunk driving

The topic

Alcohol is a major factor in traffic accidents. Based on data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there was an alcohol-impaired traffic fatality every 50 minutes in 2016.

Background On: Teen drivers

The topic

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 16- to 20-year olds, according to most recent data (2014) from the National Center for Health Statistics. Immaturity and lack of driving experience are the two main factors leading to the high crash rate among teens. Teens’ lack of experience affects their recognition of and response to hazardous situations and results in dangerous practices such as speeding and tailgating.

Background on: Older drivers

 

The topic

U.S. residents age 65 and over grew from 35.0 million in 2000 to 49.2 million in 2016.  Americans age 65 and over accounted for 12.4 percent of the total U.S. population in 2000.  By 2016 this proportion had grown to 15.2 percent, according to a Census Bureau report.

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