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Motor Vehicle Accidents Archives

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.

Study: Drowsy driving may cause far more crashes than thought

Federal estimates have indicated that drowsiness plays a role in about 1 to 2 percent of traffic crashes. Now, however, a naturalistic study of over 700 wrecks has shown drowsiness to be a much more important factor. It appears to be responsible for between 9.5 and 10.8 percent of crashes.

Tesla driver using 'autopilot' system crashes into fire truck

Tesla Inc. should perhaps consider a different name for its Autopilot driver-assist system, since many people associate the term "autopilot" with a system that completely takes over for human beings.

DOT: What are the unnecessary roadblocks to autonomous trucks?

The U.S. Department of Transportation is about to issue four requests for public comment about self-driving commercial vehicles. The agency and its sub-agencies would like to know if any unnecessary regulatory roadblocks exist that may be slowing the development of autonomous trucks and buses.

Seeking compensation is about more than just money

The wintry roads are ones that invite accidents, especially since some drivers think they are invincible and continue to drive like they would if the roads were clear. When there is snow or ice on the roads, you need to make sure that you are planning extra time to get to your destination. You must ensure that you don't have to rush to get to where you are going.

The 6 most common traffic crash scenarios, according to data

Traditional statistics on motor vehicle accidents has been useful, but they have been limited. They haven't been able to give us a detailed understanding of what causes the estimated 6 million crashes that occur on American roads every year.

Understanding post-vehicle accident fundamentals

New York City is compact. The island of Manhattan alone is just 23 square miles in size and is, by the latest count, home to more than 1.5 million people. By comparison, the most developed land mass in Wisconsin's Apostle Islands in Lake Superior, Madeline, is nearly twice as large and home to just 300 year-round residents.

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