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Is caffeine a valid solution for fatigued truck drivers?

Like many others, you may rely on the jolt you get from coffee or another type of caffeinated beverage to help you stay awake. Whether it's first thing in the morning or after lunch, many people need a boost to help them wake up and focus on the task at hand. This is especially true when driving long stretches and spending hours on the road at a time.

IIHS: driver-assist tech must better ensure drivers' attention

Florida residents who own a car with driver-assist technology should know that the features have been put under much scrutiny by regulatory bodies like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Studies have shown that driver-assist systems are causing drivers to over-rely on them and become inattentive. Many are unaware that the systems provide only Level Two automation and not Level Five. In other words, the cars are not self-driving.

AAA survey shows Americans on the fence about self-driving cars

Self-driving cars are making most people in Florida and across the U.S. apprehensive. AAA conducted a survey at the start of 2020 asking motorists if they would feel safe riding in such a vehicle, and only 12% answered that they would. In addition, 28% also said they don't know what to think about the technology. What respondents said they wanted to know and what they said would relieve their doubts about self-driving cars should be carefully noted by automakers.

Florida car crash statistics

Every year, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles releases data on motor vehicle accidents in the state. This report is designed in part to make road users aware of the risks that they can often face. The 2019 statistics have now been made available. During that year, there were more than 390,000 crashes, and nearly one-third occurred in Miami-Dade county and other parts of South Florida.

Auto-pedestrian accidents are a serious threat

Motor vehicles can pose a serious danger to pedestrians on Florida roads. Because people walking have few protections against heavy cars, they may face a risk of catastrophic injuries and permanent disabilities requiring extensive medical care and time away from work. While all pedestrians face a risk when sharing the road with larger vehicles, some cars may be more likely to crash into them, and some walkers may face higher levels of carelessness from drivers. According to one study, drivers with expensive vehicles are less likely to come to a stop for people in a crosswalk than those with cheaper cars.

Self-driving complacency could increase distracted driving

Car accidents are the most common cause of death among people between the ages of 15 and 29. In Florida and across the country, car accidents result in more than 3,000 fatalities every day. Among the primary causes of car accidents is distracted driving. During the year 2017, car crashes with distracted driving involved claimed the lives of 3,166 people, accounting for 8% of the total number of traffic deaths that year. Distracted driving includes anything that takes the driver's attention away from the immediate task of driving.

As a passenger, can you seek compensation after an accident?

When traveling on the roads, you likely know that hazards are all around you. You hope that your friends and loved ones are safe drivers, and you may not question their abilities when a passenger in a vehicle. Of course, even if you are not driving, you still face risks of serious injury in the event that a car accident takes place.

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