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Distracted driver flips school bus in North Carolina

MT. OLIVE, NC — A North Carolina school bus driver has been charged with a misdemeanor failure to maintain lane control after flipping the vehicle with several children onboard. North Carolina Highway patrol officers say that a 39-year-old substitute bus driver was driving the bus last Wednesday when she rounded a curb and started to run off the left side of the road, then overcorrected, causing the bus to flip. Police investigators are treating the crash as an incidence of distracted driving because the driver took her attention off the road to talk to a student. According to a report ... Read More

Mitsubishi may pay couple $11 million for defective seatbelt death

A Florida appeals court reversed its own decision last month when it cleared the way for a Maine couple to collect $11 million from Mitsubishi Motors for the death of their son in 2004 as the result of a defective seatbelt. In 2008, a West Palm Beach County jury found Mitsubishi responsible for 25-year-old Scott Laliberte’s death because the safety belt failed when the 2000 Montero Sport SUV he was riding in flipped. However, the Fourth District Court of Appeal threw out that verdict on a technicality, saying the Circuit judge had abused her discretion by denying Mitsubishi the opportunity ... Read More

LOLs that kill: the life and death of texting-while-driving crash victims portrayed in new video

A young woman named Mandi sends a brief text message to her sister Ashley, who is driving her truck. Ashley receives the message — “yeah” — then clips the median on the left side and loses control of the vehicle. Her truck flips and she is ejected from the driver’s seat. She dies in the ditch where her body lands and now Mandi lives with the guilt of believing she killed her sibling with those four “little letters.” “Just having a highway patrol officer write in a report that a text message sent at 12:05 is the reason that she ... Read More

Young artist makes miraculous recovery after being hit by 18-wheeler

On October 8, 2010, 21-year-old Emilie Gossiaux’s life changed in an instant. A painter and sculptor whose life was filled with light and color, Ms. Gossiaux’s world plunged into darkness and silence after she was struck by an 18-wheel semi truck while riding her bike near her home in Brooklyn, New York. The truck had been attempting a right turn when it collided with Ms. Gossiaux. The damage was extensive and doctors at the Manhattan hospital where she was taken didn’t pin too much hope on her recovery. Ms. Gossiaux suffered from multiple fractures to her head, pelvis, and leg. ... Read More

Customers, safety experts say Ford downplayed Windstar van recall

The family of a young man killed October 15, 2010, when the rear axle of his 2001 Ford Windstar minivan broke in half, causing the vehicle to crash into a wall, is accusing the auto maker of downplaying the urgency of a recall on the van. The family says they did not receive any notice of the recall, which says the rear axle should be checked due to danger of corrosion and breakage, until one week after the accident, too late for Sean Bowman, the victim. Ford announced a recall of 1998-2003 model year Ford Windstar minivans in August, saying ... Read More

Unhitched trailer kills teacher on NC highway

A second-grade school teacher was killed earlier this month on Highway 43 near Greenville, North Carolina after colliding with a trailer that became unhitched from a pickup truck. Authorities say that Greenville resident Lisa Langemann, 27, who taught at a small K-8 Bethel School in Bethel, North Carolina, died in the collision. Two children in the SUV with Ms. Langemann, an 8-year-old and an infant, were injured. Emergency workers transported them to Pitt County Memorial Hospital, where they were listed in stable condition. State Highway Patrol troopers told WNCT that charges were pending against the truck’s driver, John David Ross, ... Read More

Arkansas jury awards $19 million in landmark defective seat belt case

A federal jury in Jonesboro, Arkansas has awarded $19 million to a man who sued Ford Motor Company over defective safety belts. The jury award is believed to be the largest federal verdict over defective seat belt design in the United States. According to the lawsuit, Eric Polston of Jonesboro, Arkansas was wearing his seat belt while he was driving his 1998 Ford Windstar minivan in December 2005. Polston swerved to avoid hitting a dog in the road, causing his vehicle to leave the road and flip. Polston’s suit alleged that when his Windstar rolled over, the seat belt that ... Read More

Unhitched trailer kills young couple on South Carolina interstate

A South Carolina couple was killed in a tragic chain-reaction crash after a trailer became unhitched from a pickup truck on I-85 Southbound, according to Spartanburg, South Carolina’s WPSA. South Carolina State Troopers said that the accident occurred near mile marker 23 in Anderson County, about 6 miles north of Anderson, South Carolina. Thirty-four-year-old Sajid M. Pirani of Spartanburg was driving a 2000 Honda minivan with his wife Shirin Sajid Pirani, 33, and their two children, ages 6 and 3, in the back seat. Witness Johnny Estrich told WSPA that he noticed “something strange about the pick-up truck pulling the ... Read More

Safety researchers say texting bans may be causing accidents

Although U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has been working furiously to make texting behind the wheel illegal in all 50 states, a study conducted by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HDLI), an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), suggests the anti-texting laws are not yet helping to drive down accident rates. In fact, according to HDLI, evidence collected in four states (California, Louisiana, Minnesota, and Washington) where texting bans have been adopted reveal that the new laws are actually associated with a slight increase in the number of traffic collisions. Researchers compared their findings to collision-related insurance ... Read More

Government agencies work to combat job safety hazards behind the wheel

Earlier this month we posted on workplace safety and how most on-the-job fatalities actually occur behind the wheel. Transportation accidents accounted for 40 percent of all workplace fatalities last year, and they have been a leading cause of on-the-job deaths for the last 18 consecutive years. In an effort to address this safety problem more effectively, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has teamed up with the Department of Transportation to combat distracted driving. Distracted driving, mainly the use of cell phones while behind the wheel, has emerged as a significant safety threat in the last decade, and it’s a ... Read More