Accidents

'Accident' Or 'Collision': Why Don't Drivers Get Jailed For Killing Pedestrians?
'Accident' Or 'Collision': Why Don't Drivers Get Jailed For Killing Pedestrians?

New York City is a tough nut to crack. Over 8,000,000 people inhabit its five boroughs, which means that living there is expensive, doing business there is risky, and staying sane amid all the hubbub is nothing less than miraculous. New York is also dangerous -- physically dangerous. True, the...Read More»

Memorial to motorcycle accident victim, Augusta Township, Michigan (photo by Dwight Burdette)
Motorcycle Helmet Law Repeal Could Cost Michigan Taxpayers Money

On April 12, 2012, Michigan's longstanding helmet law went down in flames. Many motorcyclists were happy to see it go, but others might not be singing the same tune, since the move could cause an insurance rate hike. According to the Highway Loss Data Institute, only 19 states require all riders to...Read More»

A new Mercedes-Benz initiative: QR code that can save lives
Mercedes-Benz Creates QR Codes To Save Lives

The good news is that our cars are safer than they've ever been. Improvements in vehicle structure and the addition of countless safety features have led to record-low traffic fatality rates. (For now, anyway.) The bad news is that our safer cars are doing a much better job of trapping occupants...Read More»

Coffee
Go On, Have Another Cup: Caffeine May Reduce Auto Accidents

If you like coffee as much as we do, this Friday is about to get a whole lot better. Not only does java make a great eye-opener, but according to a report in BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal), it could also keep you safer on the road. That claim comes from researchers in Australia, who...Read More»

The founders of Google and one of their autonomous Toyota Prius hybrids
When Autonomous Cars Collide, Who's At Fault? Vaccines Could Provide An Answer

The matter is settled: autonomous cars are coming. But they raise a serious question that no one's been able to answer: when a self-driving car is in an accident, who's to blame? The manufacturer? The software engineer? The owner? Earlier today, the folks at NPR addressed this very issue, and they...Read More»

A MINI Cooper, stuffed with 28 agile women - image: MINI
Women Drivers Outnumber Men, But Men Have Higher Fatality Rate On The Road

In the early part of the 20th century, it was unusual to see women behind the wheel. But as viewers of Downton Abbey know, that began to change during World War I, when women were permitted to do things previously deemed "unseemly". Case in point: Gertrude Stein learned to drive so she could...Read More»

Overweight driver buckling seatbelt
Fat & Fatalities: Obese Drivers 80% More Likely To Die In Car Crashes

A recent study led by Dr. Katherine M. Flegal at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made headlines by suggesting that overweight people may live longer than their normal-weight friends. Which made those of us who've been trying to lose 10 or 20 pounds put down our crullers and jump for...Read More»

Relative claim frequencies by rated driver age, calendar year 2010 (from HLDI)
Aging Boomers Won't Wreck America's Roads: Here's Why

We've all heard about Baby Boomers and how they're hurtling toward retirement. We've also read numerous studies that show older drivers are more accident prone when they get behind the wheel. So, should we fear the thought of this massive generation tumbling into senior-citizendom (joining their...Read More»

Angry Driver with Road Rage
Where Do America's Best (And Worst) Drivers Live?

Human beings are pretty funny: put anyone behind the wheel of a car, and suddenly he's kvetching about all the idiots on the freeway. We seem certain about our own infallibility, but we can't all be stellar drivers, can we? Indeed, we cannot. And Allstate has the data to prove it. The insurance...Read More»

Teen driver
July 4 Is The Deadliest Day For Teen Drivers

In the U.S., traffic fatalities have reached record lows. Unfortunately, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that car crashes are still the #1 killer of Americans age 1 to 34. But wait, it gets worse: historically speaking, one of the worst days for traffic fatalities is next Wednesday...Read More»

Turn signal mirror
Is Forgetting To Signal As Dangerous As Texting & Driving?

We've spilled a lot of virtual ink on the topic of distracted driving. It's been a problem for decades, of course -- since the historic moment two people first piled into a Benz Patent-Motorwagen and began arguing over directions. The problem was made worse (at least in America) by drive-through...Read More»

2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Hybrid Owners Safer In Crashes, More Dangerous To Pedestrians

We have good news and bad news for hybrid owners. First, the good news: a new study from the Highway Loss Data Institute indicates that you're less likely to be injured in a crash. Why? It's mostly a question of weight. Hybrids are about 10% heavier than their conventional counterparts, thanks...Read More»

Salute
Auto Accidents Are The Leading Cause Of Death For Veterans

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among veterans who have recently returned from deployment. Today, as we honor the men and women who have served in America's armed forces, it's a good time for all of us to familiarize...Read More»

1962 International Garbage Truck
Slow Down To Get Around: Campaign Urges Safety For Trash Collectors

Aside from being a dirty, tiring and often thankless job, trash collectors have one of the deadliest jobs in America. In fact, solid-waste collection employees have the fifth highest fatality rate of any occupation in the United States, due largely to impatient and distracted drivers. A newly...Read More»

Manure, by Flickr user Chada
That Stench Near Washington, DC? It's Not The Politics, For Once

Pause a moment to give thanks for the road cleanup crews of the world, because the work they do is sometimes [excrement]. Yesterday, crews in Howard County, Maryland, had to clean up a liquid-manure spill that stretched along fully a mile and a half of state and county roads, starting in Elliot...Read More»

Drunk driver
PSA: Lose Your License in Australia and You're...

Advertising and just about most media from Australia have always proven to be different, unique, and dare I say, risqué. But Australians have always told it like it is, they tend not to beat around the bush. Heck, look at their most notorious export after those Paul Hogan movies, Mr. Rupert...Read More»

Truck spills 14 million bees in Idaho
Truck Spills 14 Million Bees In Idaho

It was a tricky, and sticky, situation as a truck hauling an estimated 14 million bees and their hives from Bakersfield, California to North Dakota overturned on an Idaho highway July 10. The accident happened on Highway 20 just north of Last Chance in Island Park when the semi-truck driver veered...Read More»

2011 Ram 1500 2WD Quad Cab 140.5" SLT Angular Front Exterior View
Pickup Vs SUV: Which Is The Safer Choice?

Recently we reported on a new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) study that compares the relative safety of SUVs and passenger cars—and finds that SUVs are now the safer choice. Adjusted fatality rates are about 50 percent lower overall for them than for passenger cars. After...Read More»

Volvo animal detection safety development
Volvo Using Pedestrian Detection System To Spot Animals, Too

There's been a lot of news lately about cars that "talk" to one another: vehicle-to-vehicle technology that could, according to some studies, eliminate roughly 81% of crashes in the U.S. Now, Volvo is working on new technology to pare down the remaining 19% of accidents -- specifically those caused...Read More»

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