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Pittsburgh ranks near the bottom on driver safety report

Pittsburgh motorists have every reason to be concerned about car accidents when they hit the roads. A recent report by Allstate Insurance ranked the 200 largest cities in the United States for driver safety based on collision data for its policyholders for 2011 and 2012. According to the report, Pittsburgh drivers are more likely to be involved in a collision than most of the other big city drivers.

Various causes of car accidents

Pennsylvania drivers face great risks everyday when headed out on the highway. One such risk is the possibility of being involved in an accident. However, many of these automobile accidents can be avoided if drivers learn more about what causes them. A vast majority of accidents are caused by one driver's behavior combined with road conditions, equipment failure or other drivers.

Motorcycle awareness needed following 3 recent crashes

Drivers in Pennsylvania frequently encounter various types of vehicles. In the warmer months, it is common to share the roads with motorcycles. These smaller vehicles are not equipped with the same types of safety features as other vehicles. Furthermore, they can easily go unnoticed by other motorist, which increases the risk of a motorcycle accident.

Just how dangerous is texting while driving?

The law in Pennsylvania says that no driver can text behind the wheel. Texting while driving, which is just one of the many different things that can distract a driver, is horrifically dangerous. Of course, there are many people in Pennsylvania who have managed to text and drive without ever getting into an accident, there are also numerous stories of people seriously injured in crashes, too. In fact, one state's traffic commission has estimated that texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.

Car-bicycle accidents can be especially dangerous to children

We have talked about many different kinds of motor vehicle accidents on our blog. From car accidents to truck accidents to aviation accidents, there are a number of different ways for people in Pittsburgh to be injured. One that we haven't given much attention to is bicycle accidents. Of course, a cyclist can crash without any other vehicles involved, but they are often quite dangerous when a car crashes into a bicycle.

Speeding cost the county $269 billion in 2010

Though our blog tries to focus on the Pittsburgh area, sometimes covering individual motor vehicle accidents can downplay just how prevalent crashes are. If we look at the nation as a whole, it is readily apparent that there are large numbers of crashes and people injured in car accidents every year. In 2010, there were 3.9 million nonfatal injuries and 32,999 people who died from car accidents. Not only are car accidents horribly prevalent, but they are also horrificaly expensive.

Hands-free devices are still dangerous

Being able to use voice commands to dial a phone or send a text message is certainly helpful when your hands are full. Not only that, but not having to hold a phone while having a conversation can be nice. These kinds of advances in technology certainly have their place in society, but not behind the wheel. Even though drivers may assume that hands-free means distraction free with regard to cellphones behind the wheel, more than 30 studies have shown that hands-free devices are just as dangerous as handheld devices.

Reducing distracted driving by better fonts?

Texting while driving is incredibly dangerous and, unfortunately, it is a behavior that is on the rise. Even the most careful of drivers in Pittsburgh can cause a serious accident if they are distracted. Not only are they putting their lives and safety at risk, but also everyone else on the road. Though they may not intend to cause a crash, if their negligence causes one, they can be held responsible.

Study: exposure to drunk driving increases risk of DWI in teens

A recent study published by the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development has found that when teenagers ride in vehicles driven by impaired drivers, they are more likely to drive while drunk or high on drugs themselves. Although this is certainly an important statistic and one that certainly should be explored more in-depth, reports on the study fail to focus on the more immediate dangers -- teenagers riding with impaired drivers.

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