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Smarter Traffic Lights Could Prevent Georgia Auto Accidents


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7/10/2015
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A report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that 25,580 people died and many more were injured in 2012 auto accidents from January through September. Being prepared before an accident can enable a victim to obtain all the necessary information that will be helpful to their case.

Consulting a Clayton County attorney after an auto accident enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident you should discuss your case with an accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

According to a recent Carnegie Mellon University study, a smart traffic signal system could reduce commute time by shortening traffic stops. This could create a reduction in driver frustration and stress- and distracted driving-related accidents.

The study examined a system of smart signals, which included motion sensors, vehicles, and smart traffic lights. Researchers found that on average the smart signals reduced travel times by 26 percent, and reduced stop times by 40 percent. Researchers found that this reduction could have multiple effects, including improving air quality by reducing emissions by 21 percent from reduced idling time, reduced driver stress, distractions, and related accidents.

Smart virtual signals work by allowing cars to communicate with traffic light systems. If two or more cars are approaching an intersection, the system would adjust the light to green in anticipation of their arrival at the intersection.

Current signals work either on an underground sensor or automatically on a timer, so that the signal cycles through red, yellow, and green lights at timed intervals. This is common for intersections during the night. However, the lights still cycle even when there is congestion. This can lead to driver frustration which can contribute to distracted driving and potential accidents.

If you or someone you know has been hurt in an auto accident, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.



Category: Auto Accidents


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