Road design can combat distracted-driving crashes: Stud

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Highlighting the increase in distracted driving fatalities and injuries, The Risk Institute at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business revealed the impact that modifying road design can have on reducing frequency and severity of distracted driving crashes.
The findings released on Monday found that the length of a road segment or number of lanes had a negative impact on the frequency of distracted driving accidents and that intersections had a significant impact on reducing the severity of accidents.

Researchers found that road environments with a median or one shoulder with an asphalt coating had less distracted collisions.

Other key findings include:

Careless driving accidents account for 18% of all general accidents in Ohio and 16% of serious injuries in Ohio.
Careless driving accidents are up to 49% more severe when they occur in a motorway system.
Careless driving accidents are 5-10 times more likely than severe at the rear end or angle collision.
The roundabouts have been found to be the most effective way to reduce the collision rate and impact intensity. Between 2013 and 2013, no fatal collapse occurred at intersections.
Yol This work helps emphasize the need to improve traffic safety and road management, oluy said Phil Renaud, director of the Columbus-based institute. Dikkat Provides new evidence supporting steps to improve traffic signs and safety regulations for distracting driving in certain areas. There are things we can do at the local, city level to reduce the frequency and severity of accidents. “

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