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Traffic Fatalities Dip Slightly in 2017

The number of traffic fatalities in the U.S. dropped slightly in 2017, reversing an upward trend that had been in place the two previous years, federal transportation authorities said. Despite the slight decline, 2017 was nevertheless the second deadliest year for traffic fatalities in the U.S. during the last decade. Distracted, smartphone-using drivers and motorists on prescription opioids and other drugs account for some of the highway carnage, which hit historic highs in recent years, but the factors behind fatal traffic crashes are always harder to pinpoint than to estimate. But one thing is certain: the recent decline in traffic fatalities may be ... Read More

Seat Belt Use In Decline Nationwide, Study Finds

For decades, awareness and enforcement campaigns steadily increased the number of motorists using seat belts and decreased the number of traffic fatalities, but a new study indicates that use of these critical life-saving devices is in decline. According to Erie Insurance, the decline in seat belt use is likely tied to age. The company’s survey of U.S. residents across four generations revealed a further decline in seat belt use with each generation. Baby boomers (ages 51-65) indicated the highest rate of seat belt use at 94 percent. Generation X (35-50) had an 87 percent rate of seat belt use, followed ... Read More

AAA Study: Infotainment Systems Promote Driver Distraction

Interactive touch-screen dashboard displays in motor vehicles are incredibly useful tools, but they can also be the main cause of deadly distraction. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says that the infotainment systems are contributing to the ever-growing number of traffic accidents caused by driver distraction. Drivers using in-vehicle technologies like voice-based and touch-screen features were visually and mentally distracted for more than 40 seconds while programming navigation, pulling up a song, sending a text message, and other tasks. Forty seconds of distraction behind the wheel is incredibly dangerous. Previous research has determined that just two seconds of driver distraction ... Read More

Fresno Crash Survivor Says City Neglected Dangerous Intersection

If a city has received complaints about a dangerous intersection for more than three decades but failed to remedy the problem, is it liable when a motorist becomes seriously injured in a collision allegedly caused by the intersection’s poor design? That is the question a Fresno County Superior Court jury will have to consider in a case brought against the city by Steven Kennedy, 51, who was struck by a car while driving through the intersection of Cedar Avenue and Bulldog Lane – an extremely busy intersection near Fresno State University with no dedicated left-turn lights. Mr. Kennedy, a former ... Read More

CDC: Seat Belt Use Key To Lowering Rural Crash Deaths

Drivers in rural parts of the country may feel like seat belts aren’t that important given the lack of traffic on country roads, but that can be a deadly presumption. According to federal health researchers, death rates for drivers and passengers in the most rural counties of the U.S. are three to 10 times higher than the national average, due largely to low seat belt usage. Dr. Laurie Beck, an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, said that a new study indicates seat belt use is key is to driving down ... Read More

Soldier Shields Woman From Car Crash Explosion

A North Carolina woman was spared from serious injury or worse after a fiery head-on crash, thanks to the quick action of a National Guard sergeant who witnessed the accident. Charlotte’s WBTV Channel 3 reports that Staff Sergeant Cory Hinkle was driving home to Forest City, North Carolina from his National Guard Base in Charlotte when the car in front of him was involved in a head-on crash, sending smoke and debris everywhere. Sgt. Hinkle, an Iraq combat veteran, said his military training and battle instincts kicked in, and he knew the smoke engulfing the vehicle and the gasoline pouring ... Read More

Teen Crashes Car Into Indiana Home, Killing Two Sisters

Clinton County Indiana authorities arrested a 17-year-old girl after her car crashed through a home near Frankfort, Indiana, killing two girls inside watching television and seriously injuring their mother. According to FOX 59 Indianapolis, 17-year-old Haleigh and 9-year-old Callie Fullerton were in the living room of their home when a car traveling 80 mph left the road and slammed into the house. Both girls were killed on impact. The girls’ mother, Bridget Fullerton, 37, was walking into the living room when the car crashed into the home about 9:30 p.m. July 12. She was flown to an Indianapolis-area hospital for ... Read More

Deadly Car Crashes Leave Nine Dead in Blount County, Alabama

Another deadly car crash in north-central Alabama claimed the lives of a Locust Fork woman and two children Wednesday, May 24 – the latest car crash victims in a series of collisions that have occurred in Blount County in a span of 10 days. According to AL.com, Alabama State Troopers said that a 2007 Jeep Cherokee driven by a 16-year-old Blountsville teenage boy left its lane on Alabama 79 at 9:33 a.m. and veered into the path of a Cadillac SRX. The head-on collision killed 47-year-old Locust Fork resident Deanna Whitfield and two of her granddaughters. One of the granddaughters, ... Read More

Alcohol, Distraction Blamed For Soaring rate of fatal car crashes in Texas

The number of fatal car crashes has risen in Texas for the sixth consecutive year, and authorities say alcohol and distracted driving are to blame. According to the Insurance Council of Texas, there were 3,400 fatal traffic accidents on Texas highways in 2016, and 175,000 accidents resulting in injuries. The number of fatal crashes is now more than 20 percent higher than it was just six years ago. In fact, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that Texas had the highest number of traffic deaths of any state in 2015. Alarmingly, the rise in deadly traffic ... Read More

NHTSA sets Ambitious Plan To Eliminate Traffic Fatalities

Federal auto safety regulators have announced an ambitious new plan that they say could lead to “an America free of motor vehicle fatalities.” “Americans deserve safer roads, and that starts with culture,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says on its website. “[We] are taking the initiative to create the future as opposed to just letting it happen. In our view, the only acceptable goal for roadway fatalities is zero.” NHTSA envisions its strategic plan to eliminate traffic fatalities as a three-lane highway, which it calls “The Road Ahead.” Each lane is an aspect of auto safety that the ... Read More