New hybrid and electric vehicles are extremely popular and many expect to see an increasing number of them on the streets and highways in the coming years. Some say that this is a good thing for the environment, and many have commented on how silently they run. But that, it turns out, may not entirely be a good thing, because pedestrians crossing a street may not hear a vehicle coming, leading to a significant risk and a larger number of pedestrian accidents.
As if distracted driving weren't bad enough, the problem appears to be getting worse thanks to smartphone technology. More drivers are surfing the Internet while behind the wheel, which will more than likely cause additional car accidents. The practice is called "webbing," and 48 percent of young drivers are participating, according to a recent study.