Cartwright - January 16, 2014 - Blog, Car Accidents

Latest Distracted Driving Study: Risk Highest for Novice Drivers

For a major new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from two major safety groups followed 150 drivers for 12 to 18 months using unobtrusive cameras and sensors in their vehicles. A quarter of those drivers were teens who, at the beginning of the study, had only just earned their driver’s […]

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Cartwright - December 24, 2013 - Blog, Car Accidents

Reminder: Christmas to New Year’s Among Riskiest Driving Periods

Just in time for the holidays, the international safety nonprofit the National Safety Council has issued a reminder that Christmas, New Year’s Eve and the period surrounding them make up one of the most dangerous times of year for drivers. Statistics have routinely shown a jump in serious and fatal traffic accidents around a number […]

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Cartwright - December 11, 2013 - Blog, Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle Wrecks a Top Cause of Non-War Deaths Among US Military

Part of the job of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, or AFHSC, is to keep track of illnesses and injuries suffered by members of the U.S. military. In a study just published in its peer-reviewed journal, the group noted an alarming new trend. Between 1999 and 2012, military service members were increasingly dying in […]

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Cartwright - November 21, 2013 - Blog, Personal Injury

Neurologists: Brain Injury Lingers Long After Concussion Fades

A new study in “Neurology,” the journal of the American Academy of Neurology, reveals that evidence of physical damage to the brain is still visible months later on brain scans of people who have suffered even mild concussions. It also found lingering cognitive and mood symptoms weeks and months after the injuries. The news could […]

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Cartwright - November 14, 2013 - Blog, Car Accidents

Forget Texting, Behind-the-Wheel ‘Selfies’ Are Even More Unsafe

While safety groups and law enforcement have been spending their time trying to convince teens not to text while they’re driving, a new and even more dangerous trend seems to be emerging: teens and young adults are apparently taking “selfies” — smart-phone self-portraits — while they’re behind the wheel. According to a recent CNN report, […]

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Cartwright - October 17, 2013 - Blog, Car 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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Cartwright - October 4, 2013 - Blog, Car Accidents

Short sleepers may not realize they’re dangerous drowsy drivers

A new study published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention found that people who routinely sleep fewer than 8 hours a night are more likely to experience drowsiness while driving. That may not come as much of a surprise to you, but it might actually be something they themselves do not realize. Many drowsy […]

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Cartwright - September 26, 2013 - Blog, Car Accidents

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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Cartwright - August 28, 2013 - Blog, Products Liability

Are vehicle design flaws increasing the risk of accidents?

When Consumer Reports reviewed Chevrolet’s 2014 Impala, it gave the sedan top marks — except in one crucial area. “Rear visibility is the biggest liability because of a high rear deck and short rear window,” the nonprofit’s review read. According to the Detroit News’ Auto Insider, limited and obstructed visibility are becoming increasingly common design […]

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Cartwright - July 12, 2013 - Blog, Car Accidents

Teens, listen up: 27 pct of all traffic fatalities occur in July

That’s right: a review of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration traffic fatality data from 2005 to 2011 showed that more than 27 percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents happen in July. That means this month is the most dangerous time of year to be on the road, and that’s particularly true for teen drivers. […]

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