Accidents

Wrong Place, Wrong Time: NYC Data Provides Tips For Pedestrians
Wrong Place, Wrong Time: NYC Data Provides Tips For Pedestrians

Don't take the sidewalk on the left side of the street; be especially careful in the evening hours; and you might want to skip the intersection entirely. Those are among the most noteworthy tips for pedestrians gleaned by study findings released by NYC transportation planners and commissioned by...Read More»

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Ford Looks To Build Crash-Avoidance Smarts, Vehicle-To-Vehicle

They're often the worst kinds of accidents: Two cars head into an intersection, with one of the drivers perhaps running a light or not noticing a stop sign. And the result, too often, is severe injuries or fatalities as one of the vehicles is smacked in the side by another vehicle. In all...Read More»

Dodge Charger Police Car
Traffic Fatalities Up For Police Officers, Down For Everyone Else

Today's vehicles provide much better occupant protection than those of three decades ago. And we've also made tremendous progress in making our roads a bit safer, and in getting people to buckle up. But, in a puzzling twist it seems, law-enforcement officials are more often perishing in their...Read More»

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Barbecuers Beware: July 4 Is The Deadliest Day For Drivers

On an average day in the U.S. of A., 114 people die in auto-related accidents. On July 4, the number jumps to around 148. That's not especially surprising: as a holiday, July 4 boasts some unique characteristics. Christmas is a religious event, centered mostly around a heavy lunch and familial...Read More»

Infiniti Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
IIHS: Avoidance Systems Could Cut Fatal Crashes By One-Third

One in three fatal crashes and one of every five serious or moderate injury crashes in passenger vehicles could have been prevented if the vehicle had been equipped with crash-avoidance features including blind-spot and lane-departure warning systems, side view assist, and adaptive headlights...Read More»

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Teen Girls Say They Drive Faster Than Boys And Text More Too

Teenage boys are the most dangerous drivers on the road. Right? Well, they still have higher accident rates than teenage girls. But in a new survey, the girls say they speed more often, and text while driving at higher rates than the boys. The youth-research firm TRU Research conducted the study a...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze crash test
With The Idea That Safety Sells, Crash Testing Has Grown Up

Safety sells vehicles. It sounds like a given now, but not too many years back most automakers would explain that safety alone doesn't sell a car but features or performance do. Over the past ten years, thanks to a heightened awareness of crash-test results—from the IIHS and NHTSA in the...Read More»

Vin Diesel
More Reasons You Shouldn't Take Rides From Strange Men (Or Any Men, Really)

If we had a dollar for every comedian that's cracked a joke about women and driving, we'd have enough cash in the bank to buy -- and set fire to -- every comedy club in America. Why would we do such a thing? Because studies show that men are actually far more dangerous behind the wheel. (Also...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
New Jersey Serious About Ticketing Handheld Talking, Texting

When New Jersey tells you not to use a handheld cellphone to talk or text while driving, they mean it. In the 23 months since New Jersey's ban of talking or texting on handheld cellphones, police have written 224,725 citations, according to the NJ Star-Ledger—adding up to about four percent of...Read More»

Loose all-weather floor mat jams accelerator pedal. Photo: NHTSA
Black Box Recorders Might Prove Useful In Toyota Cases

If you have a vehicle that's less than five years old, it likely has a black-box data recorder that—like it or not—is making a running log of what's going on. That includes Toyotas—some going all the way back to 2001—and yes, those covered by the recalls. And depending on how the courts...Read More»

Volvo lane departure warning
Do Volvo, Infiniti Accident Avoidance Systems Make A Difference?

A number of luxury vehicles—and a few other tech-focused models like the 2010 Toyota Prius and 2010 Ford Taurus—now offer features designed to warn you when you stray from your lane, whether due to inattention or drowsiness, or might not notice what's in your blind spot. But typically these...Read More»

Truck Crunch 3 by Flickr user Kim Scarborough
Downside of GPS Navigation Systems: Trucks Hitting Bridges

Navigation systems using GPS seem to be behind a whole host of bad behavior. They lead BMW drivers to the brink of cliffs, and now they're causing truck drivers in New York State to drive into bridges. The engineering magazine IEEE Spectrum reports that GPS devices are directing truckers...Read More»

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SFPD To Go Lightly On Drivers Without Licenses, Ruckus Ensues

Many police departments around the U.S. impound the cars of drivers caught behind the wheel without a license. But starting Sunday, San Francisco plans to abolish that policy, calling it unfair to illegal immigrants. Mayor Gavin Newsom, police chief George Gascón, and supervisor David Campos...Read More»

1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Safety Group Points To Jeep Grand Cherokee Fire Concerns

On Friday, the Center for Auto Safety petitioned NHTSA to initiate a defect investigation that could potentially cover hundreds of thousands of Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs from model years 1993 through 2004. According to the group, on these older Grand Cherokee models, the plastic fuel tank actually...Read More»

Manhattan traffic, by Flickr ruser JamesH2008
Survey Finds Strong Support For Red-Light Cameras—In New York

A new survey from the well-respected research firm Public Opinion Strategies suggests that New York state voters support the use of red-light cameras—at least when it comes to the most dangerous intersections. In the statewide survey conducted for American Traffic Solutions (ATS), one of the...Read More»

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Deer Season, Deer Danger: Stay Safe With These Tips

It's deer season. Whether or not you knew that, or even care, you should consider that this is the time of the year when—as the weather changes, hunters are chasing whitetail, and deer are, um, mating—your chances of hitting one of these animals is much higher. Typically, more than half of all...Read More»

Hummer in Sage, Arkansas, after February 2008 tornado - Weather Channel photo by bsusi1031
Whatever You Did To Your Car, Mother Nature Did Worse

We have friends who are weather fans, or weather fiends. They reload storm maps obsessively, and converse in the language of descending fronts and scattered sprinkles. We are not those people. We just get rained on occasionally. But even we were drawn into the Weather Channel's website by its...Read More»

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New Study: Over 50% Of Highway Deaths Due To Poor Road Conditions

The Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) recently conducted a study on traffic accidents and fatalities, which reveals that over half of the deaths that occur on America's roadways can be blamed on poor road conditions. Moreover, the expense of those accidents--fatal or not--cost...Read More»

Beer bike in Amsterdam by Flickr user dutchamsterdam.nl
Beer Bike To Be Banned In Anxious Amsterdam?

Amsterdam is a city of many and remarkably diverse joys and entertainments. But the Dutch are also an extremely practical people. Enter: The Beer Bike, or bierfiets. It's a way for 14 people, at least some of them presumably inebriated (and the video mentions "stoned" as well), to travel through...Read More»

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