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Rideshare drivers at high risk for fatigue behind the wheel

According to a position statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, drowsy driving is an inherent risk in the rideshare industry. As drivers in Illinois are aware, fatigue behind the wheel is already a widespread risk, but they may be wondering what the reasons are for this trend among rideshare drivers. There are several.

Driving safety app identifies states with most distracted drivers

Illinois motorists can take a small amount of pride in falling just below than the national median for phone use while driving. According to statistics released by safety app Everdrive, Mississippi drivers are the most likely to use their phones while behind the wheel.

Preventing distracted driving to save lives

Illinois residents might have inadvertently driven while distracted, unaware of the risk this behavior involves. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines distracted driving as any behavior that takes the driver's attention away from the road, including using a cellphone to talk or type, eating while driving or playing with the various entertainment systems in the vehicle.

How soft tissue damage occurs

Soft tissues are the muscles, tendons, ligaments and other non-bony parts of the body. These tissues are often damaged during car accidents when the impact and sudden braking causes harsh movements. Since soft tissue injuries are difficult for physicians to detect, victims of car accidents in Illinois should pay attention to possible symptoms.

Report gives governors a 'road map' for enhancing road safety

Road safety conditions in Illinois, as in the rest of the U.S., can be lacking. After years of decline, traffic fatality rates have recently been on the rise again. There was a 5.6 percent increase in traffic fatalities in 2016. That year, 39 states saw a rise in traffic deaths.

Drowsiness may account for 10 percent of all crashes

According to a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drowsy driving may account for more crashes than was previously thought. For example, U.S. government statistics attribute drowsiness to only 1 to 2 percent of all crashes, but AAA researchers believe the percentage may be closer to 10 percent. Illinois motorists will want to know how they came to this conclusion.

The NHTSA and the drugged driving problem

Illinois motorists should be aware of the summit that is to be held by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to address the nationwide problem of driving while under the influence of drugs. The summit, which will be held on March 15, 2018, is intended to start a national discourse about the issue. In part due to the legalization of marijuana in some jurisdictions and the rampant use of opioids across the nation, the increase in motor vehicle accidents caused by drugged driving has created a sense of urgency.

NTSB recommends ways to discourage speeding

Speeding is a danger in Illinois and around the country, but few may know that speeding is a leading factor in the nationwide rise in traffic fatalities. This is according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB analyzed crash data between the years 2005 and 2014 and found that 112,580 deaths, or 31 percent of all fatalities, involved speeding. In comparison, drunk driving deaths totaled 112,948.

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