After a consistent decline over the past forty years, traffic fatalities have spiked in 2015. Recent statistics for this year are even worse. During the first half of 2016, highway fatalities have increased over 10 percent from last year. These numbers are truly alarming traffic safety analysts. They are trying to discover the cause for a sudden jump in traffic deaths.
California freeways can be dangerous, and they are often congested. An elderly driver might feel intimidated in these situations because of difficulties in turning to see while changing lanes. Vision can be another major factor in limiting an elderly driver's time on the road. However, driving can be a major interest as an aging person attempts to remain independent. Fortunately, the auto industry is hard at work in engineering technologies to assist with driving challenges facing not only the elderly but also drivers of all ages.
California residents may be surprised to learn that, despite the advancement in vehicle safety features, more than 35,000 individuals died in car wrecks in 2015. Compared with 2014, this number is a 7.2 percent increase and reflects the the largest single-year percentage increase since the 1960s, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.