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Grim Prediction: Nearly 400 U.S. Traffic Fatalities Over The Labor Day Weekend
Grim Prediction: Nearly 400 U.S. Traffic Fatalities Over The Labor Day Weekend

Earlier this week, we told you that roadway traffic during the Labor Day weekend is expected to heavy -- as heavy as it was before the Great Recession. Today, a little more bad news. As you might expect with increased traffic, there are likely to be more traffic fatalities over the holiday, too...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»

Full Auto Brake with Pedestrian Detection  -  2011 Volvo S60
Brake-Assist May Become Mandatory In Near Future

Generally speaking, America's roads are safer than ever. Traffic fatality rates have hit historic lows, and that's due in part to the vehicles we drive -- vehicles that may soon become even safer if the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has anything to say about it. Countless...Read More»

A MINI Cooper, stuffed with 28 agile women - image: MINI
Women Drivers Outnumber Men, But Men Have Higher Fatality Rate On The Road

In the early part of the 20th century, it was unusual to see women behind the wheel. But as viewers of Downton Abbey know, that began to change during World War I, when women were permitted to do things previously deemed "unseemly". Case in point: Gertrude Stein learned to drive so she could...Read More»

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U.S. Traffic Fatalities Rise For First Time Since 2005

Traffic fatalities have been on the decline for a number of years, thanks in part to safer cars, increased use of safety belts, and a reduction in the number of drunk drivers. But the National Safety Council predicts that fatalities increased in 2012. If so, it would be the first time they've done...Read More»

car crash at intersection after running red light
What Can Europe Teach The U.S. About Reducing Traffic Fatalities?

When it comes to traffic fatalities, there's good news and bad news: Good news: the U.S. fatality rate has reached an all-time low. Bad news: according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, that rate isn't going to stay low for long. Though NHTSA won't officially announce figures...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»

Full Auto Brake with Pedestrian Detection  -  2011 Volvo S60
As Pedestrians, Men Face Higher Fatality Rate Than Women

In 2011, the U.S. reached another record-low auto fatality rate, but the drop in deaths hasn't been even across the board. In 2010, for example, pedestrian fatalities actually ticked up 1%, and in 2011, the rate jumped 3%. Perhaps more troubling -- especially if you're a guy -- is a new study...Read More»

Breathalyzer ignition interlock
NTSB Suggests Alcohol Detection Systems On All New Cars

Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released its annual report on traffic fatalities in the U.S., and the results for 2011 were encouraging. Not only did the total number of deaths on U.S. roads decline (from 32,885 in 2010 to 32,367 in 2011), but the ratio of fatalities...Read More»

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U.S. Traffic Deaths Decline in 2011; Fatality Rate Hits All-Time Low

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has completed its analysis of traffic data from last year, and the findings are astonishing. In 2011, fewer people died on U.S. roads than at any time since 1949. Even better: once you factor in the amount of time drivers spent behind the wheel...Read More»

Tesla Model S undergoing assembly
As Cars Get Stronger, Jaws Of Life Have To Be Tougher

Traffic fatality rates are as low as they've ever been. That's in part because of increasingly high standards set by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and government regulators. More airbags, new seatbelt laws, and crackdowns on drunk driving have all played a role in reducing the number...Read More»

Vince and Larry, the crash-test dummies
NHTSA: Traffic Fatalities Up 9% In The First Half Of 2012

Yesterday, we mentioned that New York City saw a rise in traffic fatalities during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2012. That's the city's first increase since 2007, and -- more worrying -- we noted that it might be a harbinger of a national trend, since preliminary data from the National...Read More»

New York City taxi cab
Bucking The Trend: Traffic Fatalities Rise in New York City

Traffic fatalities have been on the decline for the past several years, thanks in large part to enhanced safety gear on vehicles and stricter enforcement of drunk-driving laws. In fact, 2010 saw the lowest fatality rate on record in the U.S., and when the Department of Transportation finishes...Read More»

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U.S. Car Crash Death Rate Declines Below Suicide Rate

As we've reported before, the number of traffic fatalities on U.S. roads is falling, and in 2010, the fatality rate hit a record low. In fact, Americans are now more likely to die by suicide than in a car crash. For while both causes of death have been on the decline, one is far outpacing the...Read More»

Workplace fatality data infographic from eTraining
Driving Is Dangerous -- Especially If It's Part Of Your Job

When we think about dangerous jobs, we often think of firefighting, law enforcement, construction -- jobs that can be physically demanding. But in fact, new data suggests that driving is one of the deadliest occupations, claiming more lives each year than most of the others combined. That data...Read More»

Teen driver
July 4 Is The Deadliest Day For Teen Drivers

In the U.S., traffic fatalities have reached record lows. Unfortunately, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that car crashes are still the #1 killer of Americans age 1 to 34. But wait, it gets worse: historically speaking, one of the worst days for traffic fatalities is next Wednesday...Read More»

Taxi accident
Speeding, Aggressive Driving Still Cause 1/3 Of Fatal Accidents

The good news is that traffic fatalities are on the decline -- in fact, the most recent stats are among the lowest ever recorded. The bad news? The improvement is largely due to better safety features in today's automobiles, not better driving habits. According to a report published by the...Read More»

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Traffic Fatalities Dip To Lowest Level Since 1949

Auto sales are on the mend. Holiday shopping is booming. And now, there's a bit more good news: U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has just announced that traffic fatalities for 2010 reached historic lows. In fact, the U.S. hasn't seen stats like these since 1949. In all, 32,885 people died...Read More»

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