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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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AAA study: hands-free texting still dangerous

In a landmark research study, the American Automobile Association (AAA) proved right the fears of safety experts around the country: using hands-free technology to compose and respond to texts and emails wirelessly is just as distracting as typing them in by hand. The study used a number of different data collection methods, including interior mounted…

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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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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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California to relax ban on texting while driving

Texting while driving is a major cause of distracted-driving accidents. Indeed, sending text messages while driving leads to so many car accidents that the practice has been completely banned in the state of California. Starting next year, though, there will be an exception to this rule. The California Legislature recently passed a law that would…

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