Crashes

Hybrid Owners Safer In Crashes, More Dangerous To Pedestrians
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»

2012 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design First Drive
2013 Ford Flex Revealed, Porsche's Ferrari Fighter: Today's Car News

Today at High Gear Media, we review the 2012 Volvo S60 as Ford reveals the refreshed 2013 Flex. Toyota ups the price of being an early adopter of fuel cells, and Chrysler's canceling its 2012 dual-clutch plans. All this and more in today's car news, right here on The Car Connection. Ford has...Read More»

2010 Mercury Mountaineer
Woman Runs From Fender-Bender, Jumps Off 70-Ft. Bridge To Escape

Following scene that sounds like it's straight from a pulp action novel, a Philadelphia woman is lucky to be alive today--and certainly in the running for a Darwin award. The story starts with a fender bender between the woman's Mercury Mountaineer and Steve Iacona's Acura (model unknown). Iacona...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»

The White House, Washington, D.C.  [Creative Commons license by dcjohn]
Northeast Drivers Most Crash-Prone: Survey

If you live in the Northeast or visit there with any regularity, we’ve got some bad news for you: eight of the ten U.S. cities with the highest crash averages are in the Northeast. Only San Francisco, CA and Glendale, CA represent for the west coast, and there are no top-ten dangerous cities...Read More»

Subaru XV teaser
Subaru XV, Gay-Marriage Win, Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet: Car News Headlines

Is the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet the most hated car of 2011? [TheCarConnection] A new study by the NHTSA says anti-rollover systems reduce crash risks and save lives. [FamilyCarGuide] Here is your official 2012 Mitsubishi 'i' electric-car ultimate reference guide. [GreenCarReports] Subaru...Read More»

2008 Chrysler Town & Country
2012 Mazda3, Chrysler And Dodge Minivan Recall, Next-Gen Focus RS: Today's Car News

The refreshed 2012 Mazda3 will get a 40-mpg rating thanks to SkyActiv engines. [TheCarConnection] The 2008 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan are being recalled due to a potentially defective airbag module. [FamilyCarGuide] A new study has linked heart disease to diesel...Read More»

2007 Nissan 350Z
At Your Own Risk: These Vehicles Have The Highest Death Rates

It's might be hard to believe looking at safety equipment lists, or even crash-test results, but you're statistically a few hundred times more likely to die if you're behind the wheel of a Nissan 350Z or Chevrolet Aveo than if you're in a Toyota Sienna or Audi A6. Looking at driver deaths per...Read More»

Teen driving
Report: Summer Months Hazardous For Teen Drivers

If you’re the parent of a teen driver, the American Automobile Association has a warning for you: seventy percent of the top-ten deadliest days for teen drivers occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day. A study of accident data from 2005 to 2009 shows that the summer months of June, July and...Read More»

Randy Savage homepage
Macho Man Randy Savage Dies In Car Crash At 58

"Macho Man" Randy Savage, one of the most famous professional wrestlers of the 1980s, if not all time, died in a car accident today in Tampa, Florida. According to his brother, Lanny Poffo, Savage suffered a heart attack while driving and lost control of his 2009 Jeep Wrangler around 9:25 a.m. EST...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»

South Carolina crashes Jeep into church
15-Year Old Teen Girl Steals Jeep, Crashes Into Church: Video

Just a couple of days after we reported about teen drivers needing more training behind the wheel, a new video has surfaced showing the extraordinary situation of a teenage girl in a Jeep being chased by police and ultimately ending up crashing into a church last Friday night. The teenage girl...Read More»

Driver mistakes gas for brake while attempting to park
When Unintended Acceleration Attacks: Bad Driver Video

Toyota's recent victory in an unintended acceleration lawsuit has brought the topic back into the news, and it's good news for the company; a plague of bad press over the subject has stalked it for over a year. This video shows it's often not the car--and in this case, not even a Toyota--when cars...Read More»

Jewel's Cadillac SRX Crash
Jewel Thanks Cadillac On Twitter For The SRX Saving Her Life

On Saturday morning the singer/song writer known as Jewel tweeted that her Cadillac SRX saved hers and her baby's lives after being in a rather gruesome car accident. The accident occurred early Saturday morning when a local fire truck T-boned Jewel's Cadillac SRX. After being checked out at the ER...Read More»

2011 Jeep Wrangler
Jeep Recalls 2010 - 2011 Wrangler For Axle Assembly Flaw

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about some angry Jeep owners who were pushing for a recall of their Wranglers. At issue: reports of serious splashback and overflow when owners filled up at the pump. This week, Jeep has recalled a number of Wrangler models -- unfortunately, it's not for that...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Malibu - IIHS rear impact with semi-trailer, severe underride
IIHS Petitions Feds For Better Underride Guards On Big Rigs

When cars rear-end semi tractor-trailers—on an icy road, for instance, where traffic ahead is stopped—the consequences can be quite deadly. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), that's because the underride guards—those cheap-looking bars that hand below...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze crash test
Side Airbags, Economy Woes Countering Distracted-Driving Hazards

Despite ongoing concerns about distracted driving and its negative affects on road safety, road fatalities have fallen by 22 percent from 2005 to 2009. In fact, last year they were the lowest overall since 1954 and the lowest ever when adjusted for miles traveled. How can this be so? According to...Read More»

FDNY Ambulance
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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