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January 2016 Archives

NTSB Outlines Accident Prevention Goals

shutterstock_181443284-e1453972845246.jpgMore trucks and cars are sharing America's roads than ever before. This is creating new problems and increasing the likelihood of truck related accidents and injuries. To reduce the potential for danger, technology, training, and new regulations are being utilized to protect truckers and the occupants of passenger vehicles.

Factors That Can Influence Car Accident Rates

pRearEndCarCrash2.jpgAuto accidents happen for many different reasons. Reckless driving, road conditions, weather conditions, drinking while driving, being drowsy or distracted, etc. are some of the most common and well-known. However, there are many other factors that influence a state's automobile accident rate. These factors are used by the insurance industry to predict the probability that drivers will be involved in an accident. These predictions affect insurance rates, and can influence legislators and regulators as they seek ways to reduce accident rates.

Driver Shortage Puts Lives at Risk

two-semi-trucks2.jpgAmerica's economy depends upon the transport of freight from ports and warehouses to stores and offices. It's a task that requires patience, skill, and experience to successfully achieve. It's a job that's becoming more difficult as the trucking industry faces shortages of experienced and qualified drivers.

Tony Seaton stresses need for action after record number of pedestrian deaths

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 2015 was a record setting year for pedestrian and bicyclist deaths. There were 120 pedestrian and cyclist fatalities last year, the highest number in the last 20 years. The number represents a nearly 33 percent increase over 2014, when 93 pedestrians and cyclists were killed.

Reducing Risk of Slip and Fall in the Elderly

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of three adults 65 or older will experience a fall each year. One out of five will suffer a serious injury, including broken bones or head trauma. More than 700,000 adults are hospitalized each year because of injuries received during a fall. An estimated $34 billion is spent each year on medical care. Two-thirds of this amount is attributed to hospital stays to treat these injuries.

U.S. Feds Abandons Existing and Proposed Trucking Regulations

Recent action or rather, inaction by the federal government surrounding trucking regulations could continue to put the public at risk when sharing the highways with big rigs. Existing and proposed trucking regulations have been rolled back or abandoned in response to pressure and lobbying from the trucking industry. The original intent of these regulations were to protect drivers and their passengers from becoming victims of serious crashes involving large commercial vehicles. This would mean fewer accidents, injuries, fatalities and lawsuits because of increased oversight regarding trucker safety requirements.

When Technology Makes Vehicles Dangerous

Technology is becoming increasingly integrated into the modern lifestyle. While there are many advantages to this, there are also a number of dangers. In terms of automobile safety, there are a number of technological advances that have made owning and driving a car a little more dangerous. 

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