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Report: Driver in fatal Tesla crash ignored warnings to keep his hands on the wheel
Report: Driver in fatal Tesla crash ignored warnings to keep his hands on the wheel

On May 7, 2016, Joshua Brown was killed when his Tesla Model S collided with an 18-wheeler in Williston, Florida. News of the fatal accident was accompanied by plenty of speculation about what Brown had been doing at the time of the crash. A newly published, 538-page report from the National...Read More»

U.S. auto fatality stats and projections (IIHS, May 2017)
The economy's on a roll--and so are highway fatalities

The U.S. economy has come a long way over the past decade, from the highs of the housing bubble to the lows of the Great Recession and slowly, surely back again. The good news is, America's financial health continues to improve (even though some have begun sounding alarms about another potential...Read More»

Nissan Signal Shield
Nissan's solution to the distracted-driving problem? A 181-year-old armrest

Nissan thinks that it's found the solution to the problem of distracted driving: a new and improved armrest. "New and improved" are relative terms in this case, because the technology behind Nissan's armrest is nearly 200 years old. Of course, distracted driving isn't a new problem, either: eating...Read More»

Distracted pedestrian, walking and texting
Careful crossing the street: pedestrian deaths soared 11 percent last year

Earlier this year, two reports revealed that the number of auto-related fatalities in America increased sharply in 2016. A new study from the Governors Highway Safety Association suggests that pedestrian deaths may be partly responsible for that uptick. The organization's projections show an 11...Read More»

Motor-Vehicle Deaths and Changes, 2016 (from the National Safety Council)
More data suggests that traffic deaths rose sharply in 2016

In January, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued some preliminary data on traffic fatalities for the first nine months of 2016. Now, the National Safety Council has released estimates of its own, providing more strong hints that the number of roadway deaths in America rose...Read More»

Change in fatalities between the first 9 months of 2015 & the first 9 months of 2016 (NHTSA est.)
Traffic deaths continued sharp increase in 2016: highest number of fatalities since 2007

It's only January, and official stats on traffic fatalities for 2016 aren't expected for at least 10 more months. However, early estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggest that auto-related deaths surged during the first nine months of last year. If those stats prove...Read More»

World rankings of most dangerous countries for drivers (via GPS)
Driving in the US is more dangerous than in Kenya, Romania, or Algeria

Given America's extensive system of highways and byways, it's easy to forget that many of our roads aren't as safe as they seem. As we've reported many times before, U.S. streets are in a serious state of disrepair--and don't get us started on bridges. America isn't alone in that, though. To prove...Read More»

Apple iPhone SE lineup
Why doesn't Apple end texting and driving?

We're in the midst of a distracted driving crisis, and mobile phones are largely to blame. Motorists young and old can't seem to resist the temptation to check text messages, email, and social media when they're behind the wheel. As the New York Times recently noted, mobile networks and phone...Read More»

Angry Driver with Road Rage
Why do traffic deaths fall in recessions? Dangerous drivers drive less

During economic downturns like the recent Great Recession, auto fatality rates fall. The common-sense explanation for that phenomenon is that in tough times, companies cut jobs (reducing the number of commuters), and consumers buy fewer goods (reducing the number of big-rigs and other cargo...Read More»

Toy car accident
More people are dying in car accidents, but why?

It takes a while to gather data on auto fatalities. Typically, annual stats aren't available until late in the following year. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration already has a solid hunch that deaths on U.S. roads increased in 2015, and now, the National Safety Council says...Read More»

Drunk driver
10 states with the harshest DUI penalties: Are laws having the desired effect?

It goes without saying that drunk driving is a very, very bad thing. Though the number of traffic fatalities involving alcohol has fallen over the years, so has the total number of auto-related deaths. As a result, alcohol continues to play a role in 30 - 40 percent of U.S. traffic fatalities. In...Read More»

Smart Fortwo vs Mercedes-Benz S-Class crash test
U.S. car deaths far higher than other developed nations: How do we cut the fatality rate?

Earlier this week, we received some alarming news: preliminary data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests that the number of U.S. traffic fatalities rose by nearly 8 percent in 2015. All told, NHTSA believes that some 35,200 drivers, passengers, cyclists, and...Read More»

Tesla Model S owner tests Autopilot system from back seat
3 issues could determine who's at fault in Tesla's fatal crash

It's a question that's been on our mind for years: when autonomous cars collide, who's at fault? Sadly, the question is no longer hypothetical, but very, very real following the death of a driver using Tesla's Autopilot self-driving system in his 2015 Model S. Less than a year ago, several...Read More»

Toy car accident
Traffic deaths may have soared last year, as did miles driven

The figures aren't yet official, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's early estimates suggest that 35,200 motorists, passengers, cyclists, and pedestrians died on U.S. roads in 2015--an increase of 7.7 percent over 2014. That's a remarkable uptick. In fact, the last time the...Read More»

Tesla Autopilot suite of features  -  with version 7.0 update
Tesla 'self-driving' mode linked to first traffic death in potential setback to autonomous cars

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation of Tesla and its self-driving Autopilot software in the wake of a driver's death. The fatal collision took place in Williston, Florida on May 7 when a tractor-trailer crossed the path of a 2015 Tesla Model S. Accounts...Read More»

 A road accident in Kolkata, India (photo by Biswarup Ganguly)
Why few offer to help the injured after car crashes in India

India is a dangerous place for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. The latest stats from the World Heath Organization report more than 137,000 traffic fatalities per year, though a study from the Pulitzer Center pegs the actual number above 200,000. Why is the situation so bad? For starters...Read More»

2014 traffic fatality statistics (source: NHTSA)
Auto Fatality Rate Hits Historic Low In 2014, But Early Stats On 2015 Are Sobering

We've got good news and bad news for auto safety advocates. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released official fatality statistics for 2014 (that's the good part), and the agency has also unveiled preliminary data from 2015 (that's the bad). Let's start with the good news. In...Read More»

Car accident
The Safest & Deadliest States For Car Accidents

We've spilled a lot of ink discussing the most congested cities for drivers. But what about the most dangerous states for auto-related deaths? Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute asked themselves the same question -- and unlike us...Read More»

Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities for the First Quarter of 2015 (NHTSA)
NHTSA Says 2015 Is Shaping Up To Be A Deadly Year For Drivers

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued some very early traffic fatality stats for 2015, and we hate to break it to you, but they don't look so good. In fact, they're pretty darned depressing. Official numbers for 2015 won't be available for a while -- likely, the end of 2016...Read More»

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