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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.

August is the most dangerous month on the road

Many assume that the most dangerous month for driving is December with its winter conditions and holiday reverie. Others will point to July with the July 4th holiday, which also ranks high as a dangerous time to be on the road. However, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the most dangerous month for traffic-related fatalities is August with the seemingly random date of August 2 as the most dangerous day of the year. The calculations are based on statistics compiled 2012-2016 by researchers at the IIHS -- August 2 had a total of 505 traffic fatalities in a month that has 15,914 fatalities over that five-year period.

Motor vehicle wrecks can result in serious burns

Motor vehicle accidents sometimes include explosions and exposure to hot surfaces. These can result in very serious burns that can require intensive medical care. When this happens, it can mean that you have to deal with high medical care costs. You will likely have to remain off work for a while.

Bicycle fatalities reduced by helmet use

Bicycles account for about 2 percent of motor vehicle crashes here in the U.S., but this number is on the rise. According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), the most common serious injuries are to the head, which is a clear reminder of why it is so important for riders to wear helmets. While Pennsylvania does not require adults to wear helmets, riders under 12 years of age must use one if they are on pedal cycle. If there is a helmet law, however, riders are four times more likely to use a helmet than if there is no law.

Avoiding the blind spots for commercial trucks can keep you safe

In many ways, the modern American economy depends on the work of commercial truck drivers. Over the last few decades, much of the railway infrastructure on this continent has deteriorated or been dismantled due to disuse. Additionally, transporting goods through the use of airplanes can be cost-prohibitive in many cases. Ground transportation is usually the fastest, safest and cheapest option.

July is the most dangerous month for boating

Winters can be long and dreary, filled with driving snow, black ice and sub-zero temperatures. During that time, it's a safe bet that those who own boats likely dream of these warm summer months where they can take friends and family out on the water to get a break from the heat.

Crashes with semitrucks occur due to many causes

Semitruck crashes can lead to a host of injuries, some of which happen to innocent victims. It is imperative that truckers drive in a way that helps to keep others on the road safe. The duty doesn't stop there. Everyone who is driving should make sure that they accept the responsibility that comes with operating a vehicle on a public road.

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