First Half of 2016 Witness to Sharp Jump in Road Fatalities

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Since 1966, the number of deaths due to traffic accidents has fallen each year, thanks to improvements in vehicle safety technology and greater education and enforcement of laws on subjects such as speeding and drunken driving. However, this 50-year-old trend has begun to shift in the opposite direction. The administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced recently that the first half of 2016 was more than 10% more deadly than the first six months of 2015, and that the rate of roadway fatalities has reached a “crisis” level. The climb in the number of roadway fatalities brings the...

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Federal Safety Bodies Draft Rules Requiring Mechanical Speed Limiters

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The two rulemaking bodies under the US Department of Transportation have proposed nearly identical rules which could improve the safety records of large vehicles on US roads. Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have written rules which would require that vehicles weighing over 26,000 lbs., including large trucks, buses, and tractor-trailers, have speed-limiting devices installed. The devices would limit the speed of these vehicles to 60, 65, or 68 mph, to be decided at a later time by these federal rulemakers. The proposed rules are currently available for public comment....

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Focus on Tractor-Trailer Brake Health during Brake Safety Week

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Commercial vehicles can be truly enormous and can do a great deal of damage when they collide with smaller passenger vehicles on the road. If there’s one part of an 18-wheeler that other drivers and the drivers of the trucks themselves need to be able to trust to work, it’s the brakes. While carrier companies and their drivers are called on by federal regulation to check the brakes of commercial vehicles on a very regular basis, either the checks don’t happen, or the repairs indicated don’t happen, resulting in dangerously unsafe trucks on the road. One safety nonprofit now takes...

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Study Finds Majority of Teen Crashes Preceded by Distracting Behavior

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A study which examined in-vehicle footage collected from hundreds of teens’ cars concluded that distractions played a much larger role in car accidents than previously believed. Parents of teens, as well as those sharing the road with teen drivers, should take note of the dangerous effect distractions can have on driving safety. Over the course of eight years, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety aggregated footage from cameras mounted on the dashboards of drivers between the ages of 16 and 19. Specifically, researchers examined what was happening in the cars of over 2,200 teen drivers in the six seconds...

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Transportation Spending Bill Could Loosen Restrictions on Hours of Service for Truck Drivers

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Two transportation spending bills being considered by the U.S. House and Senate, respectively, could permanently change the rules governing the amount and timing of rest that long-haul truckers are required to take. Safety advocates argue that the change would be to the detriment of roadway safety. The rule which stands at risk of being eliminated is a modification of the 34-hour reset rule established in 2013. According to federal law, long-haul truck drivers may not drive more than 60 hours in a seven-day period, or more than 70 hours in an eight-day period. Drivers may reset their week by taking...

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Choosing the Best Car Insurance Coverage

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Every driver wants to find the most affordable car insurance coverage they can, but sometimes buying the legal minimum amount of coverage can become even more expensive for you in the event of a serious accident. Learn more about the types of coverage that are required under South Carolina law, and consider what the best amount of coverage would be for you based on your financial situation. Coverage required under South Carolina law All drivers must carry coverage for bodily injuries in the amount of at least $25,000 for injuries or death caused to a single person, and $50,000 total for...

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Truckers Failing to Disclose Medical Conditions Can Pose Safety Risk

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Commercial long-haul truck drivers are entrusted with a potentially-lethal weapon when they get behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer 18 wheeler. Due to the violence that can be caused by an out-of-control truck, these drivers are subject to a wide range of regulations on the lengths of their shifts and breaks, the training they are required to undergo, and even to a medical examination to ensure that they are sufficiently healthy to remain conscious and physically capable of driving a heavy truck. However, these medical examinations are of limited use when a large section of the examination relies on self-reporting,...

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Automatic Emergency Braking Systems to Become Standard Features on New Cars

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced that some 20 automakers, representing a 99% share of the American market, will be making Automated Emergency Braking (AEB) systems a feature included on nearly all new vehicles. While many new cars currently come with the feature installed, the automakers collectively committed to make it a standard feature by the fall of 2022. AEB systems use lasers, radar, or cameras to detect objects in the car’s path. If the driver fails to brake, brake a sufficient amount, or take other evasive maneuvers, AEB systems can either apply the brakes or increase...

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What Types of Expert Witnesses Can Strengthen My Car Accident Case?

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If you’ve filed a lawsuit after getting hurt in an accident, you may be wondering how you can prove what occurred during the accident – and why you’re not responsible for the accident—in court. While your testimony and testimony from other eyewitnesses can help support you in showing that the other driver is liable for your injuries, another form of evidence can be invaluable in court: expert witness testimony. Eyewitnesses are limited to providing testimony regarding what they actually saw, and not an opinion on what happened. However, expert testimony is valuable predominantly because of the expert’s body of technical...

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Hands-free devices keep your hands on the wheel, but they take your mind off the road

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News reports of the dangers posed by texting while driving, along with laws requiring the use of hands-free devices, have ingrained in us the dangers of using our phones while we’re behind the wheel. However, most of us believe that, if we’re using our car’s in-vehicle entertainment systems or the voice-activated software on our phones, we’re doing the right thing both in terms of compliance with the law and for safety. According to academic research, however, this may not be the case. Researchers have found that, not only do these hands-free devices fail to prevent all distraction, but drivers are...

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