One of the most frightening aspects about traveling is that there are so many unknowns when it comes to safety and your upcoming trip. Will you get into a car accident? If you take the bus, will the bus driver operate the vehicle safely? If you use a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft, will the driver be safe? If you take a train or taxi, what happens in case of an accident?
A horrible accident claimed the life of a 21-year-old man in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, an area some 70 miles to the east of Pittsburgh. The accident happened last Friday morning, when the 21-year-old was traveling in the westbound lanes of SR-56. Suddenly, a large truck hauling coal and traveling eastbound went around a bend in the road and strayed into the westbound lanes. The truck collided head on with the 21-year-old's car, killing him.
In a tragic case out of Allegheny County, a pedestrian is dead and the vehicle responsible for that person's death has not yet been caught because the driver decided to flee the scene. The accident happened last night on Liberty Avenue, 15 minutes before 10 p.m. The police are still investigating the crash and have asked the public for help in identifying the fleeing the vehicle.
If you had to guess how many people died in drunk driving accidents in 2016, how many people would you guess? Most people would put the figure somewhere in the thousands, but probably not much more than that. However, in 2016, there were actually 10.497 deaths related to drunk driving, averaging out to roughly 29 per day.
What would you assume are some of the most common reasons for car accidents? There are a bevy of reasons why car accidents occur, of course. But most people would answer this question with some similar answers: distracted driving, drunk driving, and inattentive driving. And for the most part, these answers are correct. Cellphones have made drivers less attentive; some drivers lose their focus; and others consume alcohol before getting behind the wheel of a car.
Imagine this: You and your loved ones jump in the car for a long road trip during the holiday season. While you know just how much fun this can be, you also realize that there are safety risks everywhere.
Two vehicles were involved in a brutal accident in Pittsburgh recently, leaving all six people involved with injuries. The crash is still under investigation and no one is quite sure how the accident started at this juncture, but what we do know is that the collision was forceful enough to tip one of the vehicles on its side and rip the roof off of the car.
A couple of months ago, we wrote a post about 2016 accident data for the state of Pennsylvania. In that post, we talked about how there were more motor vehicle accidents despite those accidents resulting in fewer deaths. This is a tremendous sign -- but it is not one that is shared nationally, as a new report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed.
Consider the basics of driving: people operating powerful, heavy vehicles capable of exceeding 100 miles per hour on stretches of asphalt where numerous vehicles are in close proximity to each other. It would be more terrifying if it weren't so normal.
Uber's self-driving efforts are alive and well in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh and San Francisco have been central to the company's efforts to put autonomous vehicles out to the wider public in the coming years. That reality is still a ways off, but until then, there are self-driving cars being tested on our city streets -- and they are getting into accidents.