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Roundabouts can improve safety at intersections

Many Pennsylvania drivers are aware of certain intersections that are prone to serious car crashes. In some places, roads with speed limits of up to 55 mph can come together with only a stop sign connecting them. These junction points can see serious car accidents that often cause severe injuries or even death. The danger posed by these kinds of intersections is exacerbated when people travel at night or when visibility in the area is obstructed due to vegetation or weather conditions.

Risky teen driving can escalate after license approval

Teen drivers in Pennsylvania may be most likely to cause car accidents in the first several months after they receive their driver's licenses. With a learner's permit, a teen driver can only operate a vehicle with another adult driver in the car. However, once these teens receive licenses of their own, they are free to drive on their own. During the first three months of solo driving, newly licensed teens are eight times more likely to have a car accident or experience a near miss in comparison to their last three months of driving accompanied with a permit.

Driverless cars and their potential impact on insurance

New research has led to certain predictions about the fate of auto insurance companies in an age of driverless cars. Pennsylvania residents may be interested to hear some of these because such an age seems to be coming. A report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance states that the insurance industry will likely experience a gradual shift in the type of products it offers.

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.

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