Crashes

Bright Spot In A Dim Economy: Big-Rig Fatalities Way Down In 2009
Bright Spot In A Dim Economy: Big-Rig Fatalities Way Down In 2009

The economy has no doubt left some casualties over the past couple of years, but it's also saving lives on the road. In an abrupt trend that can only be attributed to a downturn in freight activity, far fewer crashes involved semis and large trucks in 2009 than in 2008. According to 2009 numbers...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»

Car accident
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»

Josh Koeppel motorcycle accident
Video: Hawkeyes Center Josh Koeppel Survives Head-on Motorcycle Crash

University of Iowa Hawkeyes center Josh Koeppel has survived what would appear to be a horrific accident with only some scrapes, bruises, and soreness. The video below was taken by a nearby police car and shows Koeppel on a motorcycle being slammed head-on by a pickup truck. Fortunately for Koeppel...Read More»

Lamborghini Murcielago LP640
Middle Eastern Supercar Hoodlums Torment Posh Parts of London

Let's face it, this is hardly home invasion or drive-by shootings. But some of London's most expensive residential neighborhoods are feeling beset by a particularly specialized new threat: public misbehavior by supercar-driving rich folks, at least some of them from wealthy Arab nations. Yesterday...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»

2010 Suzuki Kizashi
UPDATED: Suzuki Recalls Over 5,100 Kizashi Sedans

UPDATE: Suzuki's official statement about the recall is pasted below.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall of the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi. According to a post on the NHTSA's website, the recall centers on a fault in the sedan's dashboard, which can lead to...Read More»

Brilliance BS6 crash test, before modifications, 2007
BMW's Chinese Partner Isn't So Brilliant, Pulls Out Of Europe

Yes, China is on track to become the world's largest single car market. And yes, one or more native Chinese carmakers will likely become fully competitive in the global market within 10 or 20 years--as Hyundai, Honda, and Toyota have done over time. But there will be fits and starts along the way...Read More»

Screenshot from YouTube video "New GTR R35 crashes following Evo IX MR"
If Planning Insurance Fraud, Don't Upload Video to YouTube

Oh, those crazy kids. They do a little nighttime street racing on a mountain road. They manage to wreck their 2009 Nissan GT-R performance coupe. Then they file a seemingly inaccurate insurance claim saying the car was damaged in a collision on the I-10 freeway. There's just one little problem: A...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»

Airbags
IIHS: Newer Frontal Airbags Compromising Protection?

We always think of safety features as progressing forward, but that isn't always the case. In a new research paper, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests that the latest generation of frontal airbags isn't doing as good of a job protecting drivers who have belted up as the generation...Read More»

2005 Saab 9-5 4-door Wagon Linear Grille
Geely Keen On Saab & Volvo, Pagani Zonda Crashes In Hong Kong: Today’s Car News

Geely is already Ford’s preferred bidder for Volvo but the Chinese automaker is also keen on acquiring the Saab business from General Motors now that the deal with Swedish consortium Koenigsegg AB is over. [Autocar] Another day another supercar bites the dust. This time a Pagani Zonda F...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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