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Auto Accidents Are The Leading Cause Of Death For Veterans
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»

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Teen Driving Laws Mean Fewer Fatalities Now, More Fatalities Later

Teen driving laws are meant to keep young people out of potentially dangerous situations, like driving late at night or using a mobile phone behind the wheel. But a new study argues that such laws don't do much good and simply delay traffic accidents and fatalities for a couple of years. Since the...Read More»

Traffic fatalities vs. fatalities from power-plant emissions (via NY Times)
For $3 Billion, Could We End Traffic Deaths? Should We?

Traffic accidents were responsible for 32,788 deaths in the U.S. last year (not to mention $41 billion in medical costs and lost work). If we could eliminate those fatalities with new regulations that cost the private sector $3 billion, would we? Should we? Unless you're an elected official, your...Read More»

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Pickup Vs SUV: Which Is The Safer Choice?

Recently we reported on a new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) study that compares the relative safety of SUVs and passenger cars—and finds that SUVs are now the safer choice. Adjusted fatality rates are about 50 percent lower overall for them than for passenger cars. After...Read More»

2011 Ford Edge
It's Official: SUVs Are Safer Than Cars (Well, Mostly)

If you drive an SUV, you know that part of their allure is the feeling of safety they provide. Even compact SUVs can seem studier than their shorter, svelter car cousins. But studies haven't supported that impression of safety with facts -- until now. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
Share 'Faces Of Distracted Driving,' Hang Up This Holiday Weekend

If you're planning to be out on the highways this Memorial Day weekend, you'd best focus on keeping safe and focused on driving. Patrols are expected to step up enforcement not only for drunk-driving and speeding offenders, but also for those talking and texting behind the wheel. In 2009...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»

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Rollover Airbags Soon Required—Because Some Aren't Buckling Up

Head-protecting side-curtain airbags are proven lifesavers; they've already helped contribute to the drop in traffic fatalities over the past several years, and safety officials have estimated that they alone could save up to 2,000 lives per year. In what almost seems like safety officials' version...Read More»

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Traffic Fatalities At Record Lows--Though Not In All Regions

Despite having driven 21 billion additional miles in 2010, versus 2009, Americans were safer yet on the roadways. Freshly released numbers from the federal government showing highway fatalities at their lowest rate since 1949—and, technically, "the lowest level in recorded history," as the...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»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
'Faces' Campaign Profiles Distracted-Driving Accident Victims

With all the warnings and statistics concerning texting and talking while driving, it's quite possible to get a little glazed over, a little too detached from the situation. And a little "it wouldn't happen to me." That's one of the reasons the U.S. Transportation Department decided to produce a...Read More»

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Get Some Rest: 17 Percent Of Fatal Crashes Involve Drowsy Driving

The next time you try to convince yourself and your passengers that it's okay to splash some water on your face and driving a few more hours, or chug an energy drink and go a few more exits, please think again. Driving while drowsy shouldn't ever be seen as some kind of personal challenge; it puts...Read More»

IIHS Roof Crush Test
Latest Data Showing SUVs Safer Than Cars

SUVs are safer, right? You probably have a coworker, or someone in the family, who's always insisted that. It wasn't always true, however. When really digging into the numbers in years past, it turned out that SUVs had a disproportionately high rate of rollover when they did crash, and that the...Read More»

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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»

Brammo CEO Craig Bramscher with 2011 Enertia
IIHS Calls NHTSA Motorcycle Safety Study 'Junk Science'

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has once again called foul on the federal government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)—this time, singling out a federal study that fails to show that anti-lock brakes on motorcycles have any significant effect on...Read More»

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