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Texting behind the wheel kills more teens than drunk driving

Authorities in Arkansas and around the country have tried for decades to make the roads a safer place for younger drivers. Car accidents are the leading cause of teenager deaths, and this has often been blamed on inexperience behind the wheel made more dangerous by the natural confidence of youth. The issue has been approached with a combination of public awareness campaigns and strict law enforcement, but accident data indicates that these efforts are failing to have a meaningful impact in two key areas. Drunk driving accidents involving teens remain a problem, and the number of distracted driving accidents involving younger drivers is on the rise as well.

Thousands of deaths annually a result of drowsy driving

Arkansas drivers may be among the 37 percent that a 2014 study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety say have fallen asleep while driving at some point. The study also found that 11 percent of drivers had fallen asleep at the wheel in the previous 12 months.

The role of speed in Arkansas car crashes

According to the NHTSA, 30 percent of fatal car crashes were related to speeding in 2012, which led to 10,219 deaths. That represented an increase of 2 percent from 2011 when there were 10,001 such deaths reported. The economic impact of such crashes is believed to be about $40.2 billion each year. Male drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 were most likely to have been involved in a speeding-related fatal crash.

NTSB recommends mandatory collision avoidance systems

Arkansas drivers may be interested to learn that the National Transportation Safety Board may be in conflict with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers over making collision avoidance systems mandatory on passenger and commercial vehicles. The NTSB has said that making the systems standard on all new models could save lives and prevent thousands of injuries annually. In the past, however, the industry trade group has stated that consumers should have the choice to purchase a vehicle with such a system.

Arkansas has high rate of fatal reckless driving car accidents

Fatal car accidents can happen in Arkansas for a variety of reasons. They can be caused by a driver who is impaired by alcohol or drugs, one who fails to observe weather conditions or one who is distracted by a cellphone. A look at statistics that have been compiled regarding what causes these crashes may be helpful in possibly avoiding them.

Drivers should beware the roads on certain days

Arkansas residents may wish to note that some days are much more dangerous to drive than others. Statistics indicate that certain holidays, which encourage alcohol consumption and travel, can be very hazardous on the roads, and other days, like Friday the 13th, are also surprisingly unlucky.

Distracted driving and glancing away from the road

Each year in Arkansas, people are seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted drivers. Even when drivers take their eyes off the road for a couple of seconds, that can be enough time for them to drift into another lane or fail to stop on time, colliding with others as a result.

Driving while sleep-deprived can be dangerous

Arkansas motorists may need to recognize the risks and problems associated with drowsy driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the incidence of crashes involving drivers who are sleep-deprived imposes a significant financial and physical burden on not only the drivers themselves, but on those who are passengers in their vehicles as well as others who are on the road.

Car accidents and injury risk in Arkansas

In 2012, 2.5 million Americans were sent to the emergency room for treatment of injuries suffered in a car crash, according to the Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those 2.5 million people, 200,000 would spend time in the hospital, and roughly 80 percent of those who were injured were teens or young adults and those over the age of 80.

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