A study published in JAMA Psychiatry indicates that ADHD patients who take medication are significantly less likely to be involved in car accidents than those who do not. The study, which included more than 2.3 million people from Illinois and across the U.S., suggested that as much as 22.1 percent of motor vehicle accidents involving drivers with ADHD might have been avoided if they were properly medicated.
According to a report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the number of crashes involving dump trucks and ready-mix concrete delivery trucks continues to rise. This trend, experts say, is largely due to a multi-industry problem with bad driving habits. Truckers in Illinois may be interested in the specifics of the statistics.
Illinois residents who are concerned about winter driving should consider several tips that could make travel safer. Preparing a vehicle for winter and checking the weather ahead of time are both important safety measures.
A recent report from the National Safety Council has shown that every state fails to provide fields and codes for the reporting of all critical car crash factors. This leaves everyone in Illinois and across the U.S. with incomplete police reports and a compromised ability to determine and address the various causes of auto accidents.
The U.S. Department of Transportation and other agencies state that one in three adult drivers fail to get seven hours of sleep a night. Drivers in Illinois should know that the recommended amount is between seven and nine and that lack of sleep can raise the risk of car accidents. Drowsy driving is to blame for an estimated 7 percent of all vehicle crashes in the U.S., which amounts to about 330,000 crashes every year.
There aren't as many people losing their lives in Illinois and the rest of the United States from vehicle-related accidents as last year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This information comes from NHTSA data that compares vehicle crash statistics from 2017 against figures for the previous year. In fact, crash-related deaths were down for all vehicle types, except for large trucks in urban areas, SUVs and tractor-trailers.
Safety-minded drivers in Illinois can take certain steps to reduce the risks of accidents with pedestrians, bicyclists and other drivers. Since school is back in session, it's important to be especially vigilant around children pedestrians and buses. Drivers will want to keep their eyes moving from side to side as kids may dart out onto the street, often without using a crosswalk.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently tested electronic driver assist systems from five different brands of vehicles. It outlined its findings in a report called "Reality Check." After collecting data on both public roads and on a track setting, it was determined that these systems could put drivers and passengers at risk. For instance, the systems could actually steer an Illinois driver into a crash or fail to see a parked car.
Distracted driving is being blamed for an uptick in fatal car accidents throughout Illinois and the rest of the country over the past four years. Researchers from the University of Utah, with help from AAA, conducted a study of drivers to find out how much attention in-car technology demanded while driving. Even though some devices allowed drivers to pay more attention to the road than others, most of them had some element of distraction. Researchers found that both mobile and automated technology had a negative impact.
According to data from Drivemode, motorists in Illinois and throughout the country are most likely to text between the hours of 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. During that hour, drivers sent an average of 6.87 messages. Of 6.5 million message analyzed, 22 percent were sent between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The data was collected from 177,000 users of Drivemode's app over the course of a year.