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Motor Vehicle Accidents

NTSB finally has access to limo that caused death of 20

The 2018 crash of a 2001 Ford Excursion stretch limousine in upstate New York was a tragedy of epic proportions. The driver lost control of the vehicle when it went down a hill and through a stop sign and crashed through a parking lot and hit an embankment. The deadliest motor vehicle accident in the …

Motor vehicle injury and fatalities down slightly

The National Safety Council (NSC) recently posted findings for motor vehicle-related injuries in 2018. The total fatalities were 40,000, which is an overall decrease by one percent from revised 2017 estimates. This estimate is down two percent from 2016. That measures to 12.19 deaths per 100,000 people and 1.24 deaths per million miles travelled. The …

3 types of distractions drivers might face

Distracted driving is a serious problem that puts innocent people in danger of suffering serious injuries or death. These accidents are all preventable. Drivers need to pay attention to what is going on so they can make decisions based on safety. There are many ways that distractions can keep a driver from being able to …

New safety initiatives for trucking

With an eye towards eliminating or reducing the number of injured, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a new set of initiatives for reducing injuries in the short term called the 2019-2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements. Some of these measures are also the focus of the National Safety Council, which has a broader …

Study finds drowsy driving as dangerous as drinking and driving

There is no disputing the fact that driving while drowsy is extremely dangerous. Now the American Automobile Association has found that one third of all drivers surveyed admitted that they had driven at least once in the previous month while they were so tired that they had difficulty keeping their eyes open. This is confirmed by another studythat …

Trucker deaths hit record high due to human error

On the job deaths involving heavy-duty truck drivers or semi-truck drivers hit a record hit a record high in 2017. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 840 truckers died, which is up from 786 in 2016 and part of an overall 25 percent rise since 2011. This ominous news is only furthered by the …

AI used to increase highway safety

Driverless cars will soon be part of the transportation landscape. An important reason for this technological advance is the reduced cost and size of the technology as well as technological advances in artificial intelligence (AI) to operate vehicles. However, AI is now being used in pilot program to predict and avoid motor vehicle accidents by …

Driver-less cars still cannot safely navigate rain, snow or ice

Autonomous vehicles are certainly part of our future, but as of now they cannot safely navigate more than a light dusting of snow. This is a very real problem for those of us who live in the Snow Belt. This is an uncomfortable reality for engineers and manufacturers who are putting their faith in technology to handle the extremely complex job of safely driving a vehicle.

NTSB calls for more protection of pedestrians

The National Transportation Safety Board has announced a three pronged approach to reducing the number of pedestrian fatalities. This is in response to the 46 percent rise in pedestrian deaths between 2009 and 2016 (the most recent year of comprehensive data). According to Bloomberg, the total of 5,987 in 2016 is the highest number since 1990.   

New scooters lead to rash of injuries

Pittsburgh has seen the arrival of Scoobi scooter rentals this year. These two-wheel scooters similar to Vespa have a top speed of 30 miles per hour and cost of $5 for the first 15 minutes and .25 cents for each additional minute. While it is great to have eco-friendly, affordable and on-demand electric scooter rental here, emergency rooms across country have seen a surge in injuries related to renting on-demand urban transport vehicles offered by other companies similar to Scoobi.