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Motor Vehicle Accidents Archives

Driver education with exposure to real injuries may help teens

Traffic accidents are the leading cause of accidental death among U.S. teens, accounting for one out of three accidental deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Partly that is due to teen drivers' inexperience, which makes it more difficult for them to respond effectively during an emergency. They often risk distraction by using their phones while driving, or by driving a group of teen passengers. Sometimes they just take risks.

US on track for 40,000 traffic deaths this year

Despite various improvements in roadway and vehicle safety, the U.S. is on track to reach nearly 40,000 traffic fatalities in 2018, according to preliminary numbers from the National Safety Council. Based on statistics reported by each state, the Council estimates that 18.720 people died on U.S. roads between January and June.

We must do more to prevent accidents involving drunk pedestrians

"We want to help everyone get home safely," says the executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). "Humans are always going to make an error. It shouldn't cost them their life."

Going hands free still has its risks

As our mobile devices become more sophisticated, our opportunity to be continually accessible grows. Our connectivity is addictive, and when we get behind the wheel, it can be difficult to give it up. When we’re speeding down the highway and hear that alluring ping of an incoming message, it’s tempting to pick up our phone.

Report: 44 pct of drivers killed in crashes had drugs in system

In 2016, a recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Association finds, a large percentage of drivers killed in traffic accidents had some form of cannabis or opioids in their system. Specifically, of those fatally injured drivers who were tested for drugs, 43.6 percent tested positive. Of those with positive results, 38 percent tested positive for cannabis, 16 percent for opioids, and 4 for both.

Study: Highway rest stops essential to preventing truck crashes

Semi-truck drivers often work long hours with few breaks. Although the hours and days they can work are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, research indicates that driver fatigue remains a serious problem.

Motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to be in fatal accidents

Perhaps because of the weather, May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. As motorcyclists prepare to ride for the season, we should all be aware of the risks and the strategies being used to reduce the risk of fatal motorcycle crashes.

What would convince teens not to drive distracted? Maybe money

Over half of American teens admit they text and drive, according to an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. It's a significant public health issue. Today, drivers between the ages of 15 and 19 are more likely than any other demographic group to be killed in traffic crashes caused by cellphone distraction.

Self-driving vehicle technology is coming to many new cars

Although fully autonomous vehicles may still be some time away, a number of automakers are beginning to integrate similar technology into ordinary cars, trucks and SUVs. Since federal data indicates that some 94 percent of motor vehicle wrecks are caused by human error, these technologies hold great promise.

Researchers: Motorcycle helmets may reduce risk of neck injury

Could a motorcycle helmet protect your cervical spine -- your neck -- in the event of a traffic crash? Some people have argued that helmets have no effect on such injuries, while others have argued that the extra weight of the helmet could even increase the risk.

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