Tag Archives: motor vehicle accidents

Study: Women Text More, but Men Do It While Driving Just as Often

A couple of marketing professors at Kings College in Pennsylvania recently decided to find out how effectively the word is getting out on the dangers of texting while driving. In particular, they wanted to know whether young people were taking warnings about those dangers seriously enough to stop and, if not, whether it was resistance…

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Teen driving deaths still grim but down in California, nationally

Working with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, one insurance company just issued its second-annual analysis of fatal motor vehicle accidents among teen drivers. The new report covers the five-year period between 2007 and 2011, while last year’s report covered the five years between 2006 and 2010. The report…

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After a 14-year fight, truck driver fatigue rule is finally final

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy truck drivers are a serious and growing problem. Their data shows that injury accidents involving large commercial trucks rose 10 percent in 2011, and truck accidents causing fatalities were up by 2 percent. How many of those were caused…

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CDC says more motor vehicle accidents while texting, phoning behind the wheel

The CDC has released a new study showing nearly 1 in 3 motorists are engaged in talking or texting on their phones while driving, exceeding rates found in similar European studies. Motor vehicle accidents are significantly more likely to occur when drivers engage in such behaviors, distracting them to such an extent that their reaction…

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Volvo creates exterior airbag to help protect pedestrians

About a decade ago, the European Union made some radical changes to their pedestrian safety laws. Car manufacturers in the region took notice; and as a result some major breakthroughs were made. Some vehicles in Europe are now equipped with pedestrian sensing systems to reduce the chances of an accident occurring. When you consider data…

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Black boxes could become mandatory feature on motor vehicles

You may think that a “black box” device is a piece of equipment exclusively used by airplanes; but since 1999, certain motor vehicles have had black boxes installed to monitor the vehicle prior to an accident. The black box reveals important information to car accident investigators as to how fast the vehicle was going, what…

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A Step Toward Preventing Teen Driver Car Accidents: Smart Start

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) offers a Smart Start course for 15- to 19-year-olds and their parents as part of its mission to limit the number of new teen drivers involved in car accidents each year. Throughout the United States, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among teens and young adults aged…

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