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How self-driving cars will be insured

Much has been written in Georgia and around the country about the impact that autonomous vehicles will have on society. Proponents of the technology say that self-driving cars could virtually eliminate highway deaths and injuries within just a few decades, but a series of fatal accidents involving such vehicles have cast doubt on these claims. The advent of autonomous vehicle technology is also seen as a significant threat to auto insurance companies, but analysts at Bloomberg expect revenues in the sector to remain robust in the years ahead, according to a report released on June 14.

AAA study highlights dangers of vehicle navigation systems

The sophisticated navigation and entertainment systems that many drivers in Georgia and around the country regularly use could be contributing to a recent surge in distracted driving accidents and deaths according to a study released recently by the American Automobile Association. The advocacy group called on researchers from the University of Utah to find out how using the latest vehicle electronic systems distracted drivers and whether pairing them to a cellphone using applications form Apple and Android made them safer.

GHSA report reveals an alarming rise of drug use among drivers

When accident investigators take blood samples from fatally-injured drivers in Georgia and throughout the country, more than half of them test positive for drugs or alcohol, according to figures released recently by the Governors Highway Safety Association. The nonprofit group's study of drug-impaired driving in the United States reveals that marijuana and opioid use by drivers is soaring while the number of motorists impaired by alcohol is falling slightly.

What to do after a car crash

Getting into a car accident can be a scary experience for Georgia drivers. As a result, it's natural to feel scattered and unfocused in the immediate aftermath. However, there are several important things drivers should do to protect themselves and their interests after a crash.

Tesla CEO sparks controversy over comments on car crash

Some Georgia motorists may have their misgivings about semi-autonomous vehicle technology. For example, safety advocates claim that Tesla has largely developed its Autopilot program in a regulatory vacuum without adequate testing in real-world or simulated settings. A RAND study states that self-driving vehicles need to be driven for billions of miles before they can be demonstrated to be safer than human drivers. Tesla has not reached this point.

Road to Zero Coalition hopes to eliminate traffic accident deaths

Government figures reveal that traffic accidents in Georgia and around the country claimed 37,461 lives in 2016. However, a coalition of federal road safety agencies and advocacy groups believe that the annual death toll on the nation's roads can be reduced to zero by 2050. The Road to Zero Coalition was formed by the National Safety Council after traffic accident fatalities surged in 2015 and 2016 following decades of steady improvement. It is supported by 650 agencies and organizations, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Administration, the Federal Highway Administration and 16 road safety groups.

Rush hour is the busiest time for texting and driving

Texting while driving has been a significant cause of distraction-related vehicle accidents in recent years. According to new data, incidences of texting while driving reach their peak during the afternoon commute. This can have a major impact on Georgia highways at a time when most people are making their way home from a long day at work.

Daydreaming drivers remain among the worst threats on the road

It's been well documented that drivers distracted by e-mails or text messages are more likely to cause an accident. However, a recent study by a major insurance company indicates that old-fashioned daydreaming is an even bigger threat to Georgia drivers.

Distracted driving leads to costly crashes

The dangers of distracted driving have become all too apparent for many people in Georgia and across the United States, as a rising number of crashes have been connected to drivers whose attention was taken away from the roadways. In 2015, 3,477 people were killed due to distracted driving. The behavior has seen a particular increase since the rise of the ubiquitous smartphone, with the many distracting options it presents, including social media access, Internet surfing and apps as well as traditional texting and talking.

The most frequent factors in highway deaths

Whether they drive cars, trucks, or buses, residents of Georgia will want to know what the most frequent factors are in highway accidents. Highway accidents all too often end in fatalities, but they are mostly all preventable because they arise from either some form of miscalculation or some form of negligence or recklessness.

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