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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

Three Killed, 10 Injured In Mississippi Halloween Hayride Crash

Three people, including two children, were killed Monday night when a pickup truck careened into the back of a Halloween hayride trailer in central Mississippi. Meridian, Miss., WTOK-TV reported the accident occurred just before 8 p.m. near the town of Chunky in Newton County. Witnesses WTOK-TV spoke with said that a Ford F-150 rammed the back of another vehicle towing a trailer full of hay bales and passengers. At least 10 other people were injured in the crash, many of whom were being treated in three area hospitals for life-threatening injuries. Three medical helicopters and more than a dozen ambulances ... 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

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

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

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

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