Just a year ago, the first #MeToo complaints in relation to Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein hit the presses. Although the movement itself has been around for several years, it was likely the Weinstein accusations that initiated a deluge of sexual harassment and misconduct complaints against men in the media, politics and other fields. Thanks to survivors standing up and speaking out with credible allegations, a number of wrongdoers lost their positions of power. Some have even faced criminal charges.
According to federal data, the number of fatal accidents involving tractor-trailers and other commercial trucks is up 28 percent since 2009. In 2016, 4,300 people were killed in trucking accidents in the United States.
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.
The specialty insurer Hiscox has just released its 2018 workplace harassment study, and it found that 35 percent of U.S. employees have experienced workplace harassment. That number rises to 41 percent among women. Of those who said they had experienced harassment, half said it was because of their gender. Moreover, 78 percent said they had been harassed by a male, and 73 percent said their harasser had been someone in a senior position.
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 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."
In 2017, the results of a decade-long study of soccer players by a Northwestern University professor were released. It found female soccer players at a greater risk of suffering concussions than their male counterparts. Previous research had already shown that women report symptoms of concussions more often than men. Are women more susceptible to concussions or other brain injuries -- or are they simply more likely to report symptoms?
Many traditionally male-dominated fields are marked by sexual harassment. Sometimes, men in the field are actively working to keep women out. In other cases, powerful men may feel entitled to make sexual advances toward female subordinates. Regardless of the motivation, the result is often a deeply uncomfortable or even dangerous workplace for women.
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.
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.