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Top States For Auto Related Accidents

Posted on May 15, 2013

Top States For Auto Related Accidents

Someone is injured or killed in an auto accident every 14 seconds in the United States. Though this number has decreased significantly over the past couple of decades largely because of improvements in car safety and design, it is still an incredibly high number that results in tens of thousands of deaths every year, not to mention the billions spent on medical care and lost wages for those injured.

When it comes to automobile accidents, safe driving and safety equipment matter. But there are some factors that are outside of even the most careful driver’s control. Even if you are safe driver and have a well-designed automobile, your chances of being involved in a car crash depend, at least in part, on the state you live in.

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Cell Phone Use and Its Impact on the Rate of Auto Accidents

Cell phones have ballooned in popularity over the last decade. Not surprisingly, so have concerns regarding distracted driving and the role that these ubiquitous electronic devices may have in causing a variety of motor vehicle-related accidents. A significant body of research – conducted under both experimental and on-the-road conditions – has demonstrated that using either hand-held cell phones or hands-free cell phone devices can lead to driving practices that can undermine safe driving. Unfortunately, the extent to which cell phone use while driving increases the risk of accidents has been difficult to determine, due in part to the fact that police crash reports are not reliable indicators of whether or not drivers were using a cell phone at the time a crash occurred.

Nevertheless, a number of important studies have demonstrated that operating a cell phone while driving significantly increases the risk of a crash. A 1997 study published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine found that the risk of experiencing a collision while actively using a cell phone was four times higher than the risk when a phone was not actively being used. A more recent study published in the British Medical Journal also reached similar conclusions, demonstrating a four-fold increase in the risk of a crash when cell phones were used within the 10 minutes prior to a crash occurring. According to recent statistics published by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), 13.5 million drivers are simultaneously using cell phones at any given time during the daylight hours. In addition, the NTSB documented that close to 3,100 roadway fatalities in 2010 involved distracted drivers. The National Safety Council estimated that 23% (1.3 million) of all crashes that occurred in 2011 involved the use of cell phones.

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Determining Liability in Trucking Accidents

Posted on November 29, 2012

Determining Liability in Trucking Accidents

Trucking accidents account for a fraction of all traffic-related accidents. Furthermore, they have the potential to be much more dangerous than motor vehicle traffic accidents, due to the sheer weight and size of most trucks. Many trucks also haul hazardous loads that can pose additional risks in the event that they are spilled or otherwise compromised during an accident. Additionally, large trucks are much more likely to be involved in fatal multiple-vehicle crashes compared to fatal single-vehicle crashes.

According to 2010 statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,675 people were killed and 80,000 injured in crashes that involved large trucks (of which there were 276,000 such crashes). These statistics represent a 9% increase in fatalities and an 8% increase in the number of injuries compared to statistics from 2009.

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Holiday Traffic Safety

As millions of drivers leave work the day before Thanksgiving, highways across America will be filling with families and individuals heading home for the holiday.

To remind drivers to remain cautious as they drive home from work and over the weekend, the National Safety Council (NSC) has released its Thanksgiving Day Holiday Period Traffic Fatality Estimate. Per the NSC the 2012 Thanksgiving Day holiday period begins at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 21, and ends at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, November 25. The NSC estimate of traffic fatalities for this 4.25-day holiday period is 451 deaths. Nonfatal medically consulted injuries, i.e. injuries serious enough that a medical professional was consulted, are estimated at 48,300 with a range of 41,100 to 56,500.

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