Accidents

Latest Safety Stats: New SUVs Are Safer Than Sedans
Latest Safety Stats: New SUVs Are Safer Than Sedans

Is your family safer and more secure in a sedan or an SUV? For years, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has advised that the safest vehicle choice is a vehicle that's moderately heavy yet low—like a medium to large sedan. But based on the latest findings from the IIHS, that...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
Share 'Faces Of Distracted Driving,' Hang Up This Holiday Weekend

If you're planning to be out on the highways this Memorial Day weekend, you'd best focus on keeping safe and focused on driving. Patrols are expected to step up enforcement not only for drunk-driving and speeding offenders, but also for those talking and texting behind the wheel. In 2009...Read More»

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Family Car Advice: Watch Out For Aggressive Drivers

Aggressive driving--call it road rage, if you want--isn't just a danger for the driver losing their temper. It's a problem for everyone they approach and pass, which is why it pays to watch out for aggressive drivers and to know what to do when you encounter one. What is aggressive driving? Being...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt during IIHS crash testing
CDC: Highway Fatalities Cost $41 Billion Annually

Road fatalities do more than take away loved ones, coworkers, and community members; they also leave an economic impact. For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released state-by-state fact sheets that highlight individual state costs due to motor-vehicle...Read More»

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Researchers: Distraction Aside, Teens Need More Driver Training

For new drivers, there's no substitute for serious instruction, in the classroom, on the road, and even on the track. The reason? Safety experts have told us, anecdotally in the past, that one major factor in teen accidents is that a significant portion of accidents chalk up to inexperience...Read More»

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Traffic Fatalities At Record Lows--Though Not In All Regions

Despite having driven 21 billion additional miles in 2010, versus 2009, Americans were safer yet on the roadways. Freshly released numbers from the federal government showing highway fatalities at their lowest rate since 1949—and, technically, "the lowest level in recorded history," as the...Read More»

Toyota 'Ideas for Good' ad about head injuries and football helmets
Video: NFL Censored Toyota Ad Because It Hit Too Close To Home

If you follow football, you know that there's been a lot of talk lately about the damage done to player's brains. According to an article in the New York Times, at least 20 former NFL players have been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative disease that can result in memory...Read More»

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Was A Chicago Driver Updating Facebook When She Hit & Killed A Pedestrian?

On the morning of December 7, Raymond Veloz was involved in a fender-bender in Chicago. He dutifully called 911 on his cell phone and stepped out of his vehicle to exchange information with the other driver. As he did so, a woman by the name of Araceli Beas struck the 70-year-old Veloz, causing...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
Facebook, Cars, And Stupid Drivers: A Recipe For Death

We have discussed at length many times the dangers of using your phone while driving. Sadly, some continue to do so with tragic results. The latest tragedy comes out of Chicago. On December 7 at approximately 7:54 A.M., Araceli Beas allegedly struck pedestrian Raymond Veloz with her vehicle. Beas...Read More»

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Most Of You Still Aren't Wearing Seat Belts In The Back Seat

When Ralph Nader published Unsafe at Any Speed in 1965, it changed the way we thought about cars. Say what you will about Mr. Nader today, but it's because of him that vehicles have become safer and smarter over the past 46 years. And among his many legacies, perhaps Nader's most notable is the...Read More»

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Social Media, Car Crashes, And The Police: A Dangerous Cocktail?

Police have reached out to the citizens of Paris: they need help finding witnesses of traffic accidents. And how can people respond? On Facebook, of course. Les gendarmes are asking anyone who's witnessed an accident to leave a comment on the department's Facebook page. They're looking for anything...Read More»

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Sleeping Rich Guy Says 'New-Car Fumes' Made Him Hit Cyclist

The laws of physics dictate that when a two-ton car hits a 150-pound rider on a 30-pound bicycle, the cyclist loses. Which is why drivers have an extra responsibility to be careful ... or so it used to be. Enter one Martin Joel Erzinger, a (presumably) wealthy Denver fund manager for Smith Barney...Read More»

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New York City To Institute 'Crash Tax' For First Responder Costs

We all hope we're never involved in a serious car accident, but every day, some of us are. Those of us unfortunate enough to have an accident in New York City will soon face not only injury, the loss of our transportation, and the expense of medical treatment, but a bill from the city. Say what?...Read More»

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Why 'Safe Roads' Are Often Anything BUT Safe, Except For Cars

The great freeway battles of the Sixties and Seventies are over. It's safe to say few new freeways will be punched through existing neighborhoods. But transportation engineers are still busily at work updating and improving existing roads, generally by widening them, adding lanes, smoothing curves...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
'Faces' Campaign Profiles Distracted-Driving Accident Victims

With all the warnings and statistics concerning texting and talking while driving, it's quite possible to get a little glazed over, a little too detached from the situation. And a little "it wouldn't happen to me." That's one of the reasons the U.S. Transportation Department decided to produce a...Read More»

2010 Honda Civic Sedan
Safety Watch: Nine 2011 Vehicles That Still Lack Stability Control

If you could check the box for a safety feature that's been shown to dramatically decrease the chances of an accident, you would, right? That's the case with electronic stability control (ESC); it's been shown to reduce accidents, fatal crashes, and rollovers, and with economies of scale doesn't...Read More»

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Consumer Reports And Aftermarket Crash Parts Suppliers At Odds

The use of aftermarket collision repair parts is on Consumer Reports' mind this month, in the October 2010 edition of the magazine. The publication takes on the quality of non-OEM bumper beams and radiator supports, as well as other internal structural parts related to the bumper which are...Read More»

Desert Cow - flickr user Von Gomez
On The Grille: Meat Truck Hits Cow, Crashes And Burns

Here's another one for the sad but true file: A trucker traveling a major highway near Government Camp Oregon hit a large cow in the road and died from the resulting crash. Adding to the irony here is that the semi involved, which burst into flames after the collision, was a meat truck. The driver...Read More»

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Where Are America's Safest Drivers? Not In Philly Or Los Angeles...

Fort Collins, Colorado has again been named America's Safest Driving City, while drivers in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Dallas leave a lot to be desired—if you wish to avoid an accident, that is. So assesses Allstate Insurance Company [NYSE:ALL], in its annual America's Best Drivers...Read More»

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