Many people love to “spring forward” and gain an extra hour of evening light but could this time shift be deadly? According to research from the University of Colorado Boulder, traffic accidents increase by 6 percent in the week after clocks go forward.
A traffic study released by AAA in August 2019 found that fatalities related to drivers running red lights hit their peak in 2017. There were 939 deaths involving drivers illegally going through intersections that year, an increase for the third straight year and up 31 percent from 2009.
Contrary to its name, black ice is actually transparent. It blends into the pavement, so unsuspecting drivers and pedestrians may easily lose control when passing over it. The slippery surface is a common cause of car accidents throughout the winter season.
When a car accident is severe enough to injure the drivers or passengers, it’s likely property damage has also occurred. As the typical American can expect to be in three or four car accidents in a lifetime, most drivers will be filing a property damage claim at some point.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released their annual report on the previous year’s highway crash data. For the second year in a row, overall traffic fatalities have decreased, dropping 2.4 percent from 2017 to 2018. Additionally, the fatality rate per 100 million miles traveled is the lowest since 2014, declining 3.4 percent.