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How human influence might make self-driving cars less safe

Some Pennsylvania motorists may have heard about the death of a pedestrian in March 2018 after being hit by a self-driving Uber car. In Tempe, Arizona, where the accident occurred, the police chief said that the car was likely not at fault in the accident, but a professor at Arizona State University says there is a flaw in how autonomous vehicles are being taught to drive. According to him, teaching them to drive like humans means they will make the same errors that human drivers make.

Many common injuries are initially undetected

Being in a car accident is a stressful and frustrating experience under the best of circumstances. Anyone involved in a crash could understandably be in a rush to put the experience in the mirror as quickly as possible. Pennsylvania residents should exercise patience before signing any settlement documents related to potential injury claims even if they feel fine right after the incident. Some potentially serious injuries do not make themselves obvious in the immediate aftermath of a wreck and can take weeks to properly diagnose.

How car collisions can damage soft tissue

Drivers in Pennsylvania should be aware that car accidents sometimes lead to injuries that may not be immediately noticeable. Soft tissue injuries are a major example of this. These injuries occur when a collision shocks the body and causes the soft tissue (muscles, ligaments, and tendons) to stretch considerably. An injury can consist of strain, sprains, or tears.

Insurance rates can be affected by smartphone use

In Pennsylvania, the threat posed by texting and driving is all too real. Distracted driving due to smartphone use can dramatically escalate the risk of a dangerous car accident, and insurance companies are taking the risk into account. One unit of a major insurance company is now tracking smartphone use inside the car for rate setting purposes, based on the level and type of use the phone has.

How to act around aggressive drivers

Aggressive drivers are unavoidable in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, so it's up to other drivers to not aggravate them even more and put everyone on the road at risk. The first step is to stay calm and not give in to road rage. Listening to soothing music could relieve stress, and thinking reasonable thoughts, such as how useless anger is in the present situation, can also help. Drivers must never make offensive gestures or eye contact with aggressive individuals behind the wheel.

Survey: Employees feel pressure from bosses to text while driving

For drivers, distraction can come from just about any angle -- particularly in the form of text messages and phone calls. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driver distraction contributed to more than 390,000 injuries and 3,477 deaths in 2015, the last year for which complete data is available.

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