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Dubious Distinction: California Car Thief Is First Person To Die While Driving A Tesla Model S
Dubious Distinction: California Car Thief Is First Person To Die While Driving A Tesla Model S

In the early hours of July 4, Joshua Michael Flot stole a Tesla Model S from the automaker's service center in west Los Angeles, California. According to Bloomberg, he then led authorities on a high-speed chase and was doing a good job of outrunning them. Then, Flot reached La Brea Avenue in West...Read More»

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Study: Automobile Crashes Cost America $871 Billion Per Year

For years, U.S. traffic fatalities have been on the decline, thanks in no small part to car safety features like seatbelts, crumple zones, airbags, and braking assistance. That's great news, but it overshadows the fact that even tiny fender-benders can have massive financial implications. A new...Read More»

2014 BMW M235i first drive, Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas Police Won't Respond To Auto Accidents Unless Someone's Hurt

When we learned to drive, we were taught that in the event of an accident, we should leave our vehicles just as they were at the time of the collision. Whether we were involved in a wee fender-bender or a major pile-up, we weren't to move our cars, even if they were still driveable. As we got...Read More»

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Early Estimate: 35,200 Traffic Deaths In 2013, A Drop Of 3% From 2012

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration won't release official numbers on 2013 U.S. traffic fatalities until the end of the year, but early estimates from the National Safety Council show a three percent drop from 2012's stats. Unfortunately, that news isn't as great as it might seem...Read More»

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Congratulations, America: You're Hitting Fewer Deer

Automakers spend lots of time and energy developing safety features to prevent their cars from colliding with pedestrians and other vehicles. But in many areas of the world, wildlife can pose a safety threat, too. Here in the U.S., deer are particularly troublesome. Unlike squirrels and armadillos...Read More»

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In Virginia, A Simple Warning Sign Produces Big Results

Drivers see warning signs all the time, but we don't always heed their advice: "Slow Curve". "Watch for Falling Rock". "Yield". However, a very simple message posted to an electronic sign in Arlington, Virginia is having a much bigger impact. It reads, "Don't hit the car in front of you", and...Read More»

Rush hour traffic in Washington, D.C. (photo by Flickr user haddensavix)
Allstate Names D.C. Drivers The Worst In America

If you've just returned from a Labor Day road trip, you may think you've seen some of the worst drivers in the country. But only Allstate's "America's Best Drivers Report" can say for sure whether you're correct. This is the ninth annual report from Allstate, and it's based on the company's...Read More»

Pedestrians: Small children walking across an intersection
'Accident' Or 'Collision': Why Don't Drivers Get Jailed For Killing Pedestrians?

New York City is a tough nut to crack. Over 8,000,000 people inhabit its five boroughs, which means that living there is expensive, doing business there is risky, and staying sane amid all the hubbub is nothing less than miraculous. New York is also dangerous -- physically dangerous. True, the...Read More»

Memorial to motorcycle accident victim, Augusta Township, Michigan (photo by Dwight Burdette)
Motorcycle Helmet Law Repeal Could Cost Michigan Taxpayers Money

On April 12, 2012, Michigan's longstanding helmet law went down in flames. Many motorcyclists were happy to see it go, but others might not be singing the same tune, since the move could cause an insurance rate hike. According to the Highway Loss Data Institute, only 19 states require all riders to...Read More»

A new Mercedes-Benz initiative: QR code that can save lives
Mercedes-Benz Creates QR Codes To Save Lives

The good news is that our cars are safer than they've ever been. Improvements in vehicle structure and the addition of countless safety features have led to record-low traffic fatality rates. (For now, anyway.) The bad news is that our safer cars are doing a much better job of trapping occupants...Read More»

Coffee
Go On, Have Another Cup: Caffeine May Reduce Auto Accidents

If you like coffee as much as we do, this Friday is about to get a whole lot better. Not only does java make a great eye-opener, but according to a report in BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal), it could also keep you safer on the road. That claim comes from researchers in Australia, who...Read More»

Overweight driver buckling seatbelt
Fat & Fatalities: Obese Drivers 80% More Likely To Die In Car Crashes

A recent study led by Dr. Katherine M. Flegal at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made headlines by suggesting that overweight people may live longer than their normal-weight friends. Which made those of us who've been trying to lose 10 or 20 pounds put down our crullers and jump for...Read More»

Relative claim frequencies by rated driver age, calendar year 2010 (from HLDI)
Aging Boomers Won't Wreck America's Roads: Here's Why

We've all heard about Baby Boomers and how they're hurtling toward retirement. We've also read numerous studies that show older drivers are more accident prone when they get behind the wheel. So, should we fear the thought of this massive generation tumbling into senior-citizendom (joining their...Read More»

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Where Do America's Best (And Worst) Drivers Live?

Human beings are pretty funny: put anyone behind the wheel of a car, and suddenly he's kvetching about all the idiots on the freeway. We seem certain about our own infallibility, but we can't all be stellar drivers, can we? Indeed, we cannot. And Allstate has the data to prove it. The insurance...Read More»

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House Debates Drastic Changes To Auto Patents: Good Or Bad?

When we think of patents, we often think of things like drugs and cell phones -- things perfected in high tech labs over many, many years. But patents and patent law affect nearly every part of our daily lives, from the design of our alarm clocks to the shape of our toothbrushes to the designer DNA...Read More»

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Evolution #FAIL: Why Animals Lose To Cars, Every Time

In many areas of the country, it's that time of year when drivers know to keep a keen eye out for roadside vermin. And by "vermin," we mean the hoofed kind. State Farm says there are more than 1 million automobile collisions with deer every year, which do hundreds of millions of dollars of damage...Read More»

Volvo City Safety collision-avoidance system
Volvo Crash-Avoidance System Cuts Accidents By About 25%

There's no question that technology has made auto travel safer -- in fact, gadgets ranging from safety belts to airbags are at least partially responsible for the fact that U.S. highway fatalities have hit record lows. According to a new study, collision-avoidance systems like Volvo's City Safety...Read More»

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Volvo Using Pedestrian Detection System To Spot Animals, Too

There's been a lot of news lately about cars that "talk" to one another: vehicle-to-vehicle technology that could, according to some studies, eliminate roughly 81% of crashes in the U.S. Now, Volvo is working on new technology to pare down the remaining 19% of accidents -- specifically those caused...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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