Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:51

New Study from Patterson Law Group Reveals the Road Safety Topics Each State Googles More Than Any Other State

New Study from Patterson Law Group Reveals the Road Safety Topics Each State Googles More Than Any Other State

The findings highlight both interesting trends and some causes for concern

FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec. 12, 2018 -- Much like ancient artifacts or fossil remains, analyzing Google searches can provide a wealth of insight into a particular group of people at a particular time. Many studies have been conducted to analyze what Americans search for with regards to various topics ranging from pop culture events to Halloween costumes. However, an important topic has been overlooked, until now. Roughly 85% of Americans use a car to get to work every day and every American relies on vehicles for the transportation of goods. Thus, road safety is something that touches us all.

What aspects of road safety do drivers really care about? Does interest for various road safety topics vary by state? Patterson Law Group conducted a study to learn just that.

The firm put together a map of what each state Googles more than any other state with regards to road safety. To find the results, the firm initially compiled over 100 road safety and road behavior topics. The topics were then run through Google Trends to see which states searched for the topics the most. Some of the results were expected, but others were surprising, and somewhat alarming.

You can view the full study here. A few of the interesting top searches include:

Texas – Driving without a license
Oklahoma – Car shooting
Florida – Driving while high
Mississippi – Drag racing
Pennsylvania – Running a red light
New York – Rental car accident

Arizona – Tire Blowout

It’s no surprise that tire blowout was more commonly searched in one of the warmest states in the US. Summer days in Arizona can hover in the 100°-105° range. When temperatures climb to such levels for an extended period of time, the temperature of the roads can become far hotter than the temperature of the air. High-speed driving, excessive braking, and cornering can all heat tires up to a point where blowout is more likely to occur.

Tire blowouts are dangerous for any driver, but they are an even greater cause for concern for trucks. A truck tire blowout can cause the truck to rollover, which can lead to serious and fatal injuries for drivers in the vicinity. Drivers should routinely monitor tire pressure to prevent a blowout from occurring. 

The firm wants to emphasize that just because residents of particular states aren't searching for certain topics with the same volume doesn't mean a topic isn't important for that particular state. Most topics (with the exception of a few) revolve around issues that exist in every state.

"This study was meant to be fun and thought-provoking, but there is also a very serious undertone. We hope this study ignites more national conversations on various road habits and policies," remarked Managing Partner, Travis Patterson. "A majority of vehicle collisions that occur each year are preventable and it's important we keep prevention top of mind to continue to improve road safety for everyone."


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