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Nonprofit group on tour teaching defensive driving to young drivers

Driver’s Edge, a nonprofit, teen-oriented driver’s education group based in Las Vegas, Nevada, recently paid a visit to Pelham, Alabama, to teach about 350 young drivers ages 15 to 21 some defensive driving techniques that might one day save their lives. According to The Birmingham News, Driver’s Edge travels the country providing lessons free of cost to young drivers. The program, which is fully sponsored by Bridgestone Tires, teaches the drivers how to maintain control of a fishtailing car by laying off the brakes and focusing on where they want the vehicle to go. A professional driver accompanies the student drivers, ... Read More

Most work-related deaths occur behind the wheel

Every day, 15 American workers leave for work but never return home. On-the-job deaths have declined significantly in the United States in the last few years, but the rates are still unacceptably high. To help drive down the number of workplace fatalities, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) urges motorists and businesses to focus on driving safety. Safety hazards may abound in the workplace, but the majority of on-the-job deaths occur on the road. Utility workers, emergency responders, law enforcement officials, truckers, postal workers, construction workers, farmers, and many others all rely on transportation as part of their workday, ... Read More

Jury awards athlete’s family $131 million for defective seat belt, rollover

Nearly ten years after the death of 22-year-old Brian Cole, whose life was cut short when he was thrown from a 2001 Ford Explorer in an accident, a Mississippi jury has awarded the man’s family $131 million in damages. The verdict is the largest award ever against Ford Motor Co. in a lawsuit involving a Ford SUV. Cole was a former Meridian High School standout and top New York Mets baseball prospect when he was killed on March 31, 2001. According to the plaintiffs’ lawsuit, Cole was driving home to Mississippi on I-10 after spring training in Port St. Lucie, ... Read More

Car crash injuries cost $99 billion-plus per year in U.S.

A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found the annual cost of medical care and productivity losses associated with motor vehicle crash injuries exceeds $99 billion per year in the United States, with direct medical care accounting for $17 billion. Despite great improvements in traffic safety in recent years, the costs related to traffic accidents amount to about $500 per licensed driver in the U.S. The CDC study, published in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention, breaks down the one-year costs of fatal and non-fatal crash-related injuries, with 71 percent ($70 billion) associated with motor vehicle ... Read More

NHTSA investigating reports of sudden acceleration in Ford and Mercury cars

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating new reports of sudden unintended acceleration in three separate incidents, but not in Toyota vehicles. This time, the complaints involve acceleration incidents that have occurred in the 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan. NHTSA is investigating possible causes of sudden acceleration in the American-made cars. The probe is still ongoing, but floor mats appear to be a likely culprit just as they were reported to be in many of the sudden, unintended acceleration incidents involving millions of Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Although no recalls have yet been issued, NHTSA has “warned owners ... Read More

Texas jury awards family $1.8 million in Hyundai seat design lawsuit

A Texas jury awarded the family of a 19-year-old woman $1.8 million after finding a defective seat design contributed to her death in a July 2007 traffic accident. Rebekah Goodner and her sister Sara were taking turns driving their 2005 Hyundai Tucson from San Angelo, Texas, to Dallas when Rebekah lost control of the vehicle, causing it to roll over 3 times. Rebekah remained safely buckled in her seat and suffered only from minor neck pain. Tragically, Sara, who was also wearing her safety belt when the rollover happened, was thrown from the rear window of the Tucson and suffered ... Read More

Wyoming the latest state to crack down on distracted drivers

Wyoming has become the 20th state to ban texting while driving, surprising many opponents given the state’s traditional reluctance to impose restrictions on drivers. Under the new law, which takes effect on July 1 of this year, drivers caught texting behind the wheel will receive a $75.00 fine. Wyoming’s punishment will be light compared to its neighbor Utah, which passed the harshest penalties for texting and driving in the nation, slapping violators with up to 3 months in jail and a $750 fine. On the other hand, California drivers found in violation of their state’s anti-texting law merely receive a ... Read More

Traffic fatalities fall for fourth consecutive year

At a time when the news is full of reports of cars accelerating out of control and crashing, drivers texting behind the wheel and car roofs crushed in deadly rollovers, here’s some welcome news: the number of people killed in U.S. traffic accidents is the lowest since 1954. According to the Transportation Department’s estimates, the total number of traffic deaths in the U.S. fell nearly nine percent last year from 37,261 to 33,963. The latest numbers represent the continuation of a downward trend that has been in place since 2005, when annual traffic fatalities peaked at 43,510. Transportation Secretary Ray ... Read More

NHTSA wants more states to ban texting while driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has developed a legal template that will help states develop legislation banning the act of texting behind the wheel. The sample law is modeled after the Executive Order issued by President Obama in October of last year that prohibited federal employees from texting while driving. The sample law represents the latest steps taken by the federal government to reduce the number of traffic accidents caused by distracted drivers. According to NHTSA data, in 2008 approximately 6,000 people were killed and more than 500,000 people were injured in traffic accidents involving distracted drivers. The nation’s ... Read More

18-wheeler causes multi-vehicle pile-up in Virginia

The operator of an 18-wheel semi truck has been cited for reckless driving after causing a multi-vehicle traffic accident in Virginia on Monday. According to authorities in Carroll County, Virginia, 46-year-old Marco Tulio Carta Jena of Morgantown, North Carolina, crashed his rig into other vehicles that had become backed up along I-77 as another accident further up the interstate was being cleared. Investigators say that the driver was not paying attention to the road when he collided with the other vehicles. Authorities at the scene said that the driver ran into the back of another tractor trailer and a tanker ... Read More