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AAA Report: Drowsy Driving As Bad or Worse Than Drunk Driving

Most drivers know that drinking and driving can result in serious injury or death, thanks to the work of groups such as M.A.D.D. and other public safety advocates. But very few realize that sleep deprivation, even at seemingly minimal levels, can be just as dangerous behind the wheel as drinking. According to a new report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers who miss just one to two hours of the recommended seven-hour sleep cycle in a 24-hour period nearly double at risk of crashing. The risk of crashing more than quadruples when drivers miss between two and three ... Read More

Louisiana sues State Farm for endangering motorists with cheap auto repairs

State Farm Auto Insurance endangers the lives of its policyholders by effectively forcing auto body and repair shops to perform repairs as cheaply and quickly as possible, the Louisiana Attorney General’s office alleges in a lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, filed August 19 in a Baton Rouge federal court, State Farm repeatedly broke state laws against unfair trade practices and monopolies by directing consumers to preferred repair shops or “direct repair facilities.” The repair shops are then effectively forced to conform to insurance estimates by using cheap, imitation, and used parts “rather than in accordance with consumer safety and vehicle ... Read More

Easter pileup kills three, injures dozens on Virginia highway

Three people were killed and at least 25 others were injured in a traffic pileup involving nearly 100 vehicles in southwestern Virginia near the North Carolina border Easter Sunday. The series of collisions occurred on Interstate 77 southbound in southwest Virginia, starting around 1:15 p.m. The Associated Press reported that Virginia State Police investigating the massive pileup determined that there were 17 separate crashes involving 95 vehicles. The crashes occurred in a mountainous region near the base of Fancy Gap Mountain when there was heavy fog in the area. An American Red Cross worker in Galax, Virginia, told the AP ... Read More

Airplane crash kills former Alaska state representative

Cheryll Heinze, 65, a former Alaska state representative, died Wednesday from injuries she received when the small airplane she and five others were traveling in crashed in Homer Tuesday night. Ms. Heinze and four of her fellow coworkers from the Matanuska Electric Association (MEA) were traveling in a Cessna 206 piloted by Even Joe Griffith, 71. The National Transportation Safety Board reported that the airplane, which was equipped with floats for aquatic landings and take-offs, was attempting to land on Beluga Lake when it crashed about 9:40 p.m. Airplanes with water floats, often called sea planes, are a common mode ... Read More

Montana man settles personal injury claim with Ford in Firestone tire blowout case

A settlement has been reached between a Montana man and Ford Motor Company in a personal injury case that has gone on for nearly six years, the Great Falls (Montana) Tribune reported. Bryan Mizenko, a resident of Cascade County, Montana, sued Ford, Firestone Tires, and Pete’s Auto of Great Falls in 2006 after a tire-thread separation incident caused him to lose control of his 1989 Ford Bronco and crash. On Labor Day Weekend 2003, according to court documents, Mr. Mizenko was driving the Bronco on a state highway when one of his tires suddenly blew out, causing him to lose ... Read More

Broken lights, marsh fire, fog may have contributed to New Orleans I-10 pileup

A deadly pileup of more than 40 vehicles on Interstate 10 West outside New Orleans Thursday killed two Louisiana men and injured 62 others, many of them critically. Pictures and raw video of the pre-dawn pileup show the mangled wreckage of several cars and pickup trucks scattered across all lanes of the interstate about three-quarters of a mile before the exit 246 A&B and the I-510 interchange. Several motorists who were involved in the crash said that either smoke from a marsh fire, fog, or both abruptly reduced visibility, making driving conditions hazardous. One survivor of the crash told the ... Read More

Tractor trailer and school bus collide, killing one student and injuring several others

JACKSON, Miss.— A tractor trailer collided with a school bus on a rural Mississippi highway Friday morning, killing one child and injuring at least 10 others. Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Jon Kalahar said the collision occurred around 7:20 a.m., just after the bus had stopped at a stop sign on Mississippi Highway 450 and U.S. Highway 61 about three and a half miles south of the town of Shaw. As the bus proceeded to turn onto 61, it was struck by an oncoming tractor trailer. The driver of the truck told authorities he saw the bus at the ... 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

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