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The trucker’s cab: America’s most dangerous office?

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, especially for commercial truck drivers. To help drive down the number of on-the-job fatalities, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) urges motorists and businesses to focus on driving safety. Any number of safety hazards may abound in the typical workplace, but for professional drivers, the highway is a workplace and their truck is an office. And the highway is a dangerous place. Most on-the-job deaths, regardless ... 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

Toyota probe turns from sudden acceleration to sudden stalling

Just as the nation’s fixation on Toyota’s sudden acceleration problem started to fade, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it would intensify its investigations of another safety concern: sudden stalling. Drivers of Toyota Corolla and Matrix cars have filed more than a thousand complaints with NHTSA and Toyota alleging their vehicles suddenly lost power while in motion. The problem has been reported in 2005, 2006, and 2007 model year Corollas and Matrixes. In March, amidst the controversy surrounding Toyota’s widespread sudden acceleration defect, NHTSA received a letter from Toyota’s regulator manager Chris Santucci requesting a meeting with regulators to ... 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

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

New rule bans commercial truckers from texting behind the wheel

The Department of Transportation has announced on Tuesday new rules that ban commercial truck and bus drivers from texting while driving. The new rule is part of a growing national effort to crack down on the epidemic of distracted driving that kills 6,000 people every year and injures 500,000 more. Commercial drivers who are found in violation of the new texting and driving ban will face civil or criminal charges of as much as $2,750. The ban went into effect immediately. Researchers have found that texting drivers take their eyes off the road 4.6 seconds out of every 6 seconds ... Read More

Distracted driving: a hard habit to break?

Raleigh, North Carolina’s News Observer published an article Sunday that illustrates with a few poignant examples the deadly distracted driving epidemic that threatens the life of nearly every American. Distracted driving is a term for any activity that steals the driver’s attention away from the road. Eating and playing with the radio, for instance, are dangerous distractions, but the term is most closely associated with talking and texting on cell phones. As the News Observer points out, cell phones can be so addictive that some people who have caused accidents because they were talking or texting still don’t change their ... Read More