Insurance companies using dangerous aftermarket parts in car repairs

A recent car crash that killed two Oregon teenagers and injured two others ignited a conversation about the dangers of using “aftermarket” parts on cars and trucks. “Aftermarket” parts are any parts added to a vehicle after the original sale, usually for cosmetic reasons— or to replace damaged parts after a car accident. Some aftermarket… Learn More »

Fatal crash leads to conversation about aftermarket parts and safety

The tragic car crash that killed two West Linn teens and injured at least two others is prompting a conversation about the safety of “aftermarket” parts. According to the Oregonian, a “large, aftermarket bumper” contributed to the deaths of the teenagers. Their car was rear-ended at a high speed by a Jeep: the Jeep’s front… Learn More »

What to do if you see a hit-and-run accident

Many people feel as though they shouldn’t get involved after witnessing an accident. Causing an accident and leaving the scene is a crime: too often, the perpetrators go unpunished. Pull over immediately if you’re driving. Do not attempt to follow the fleeing vehicle. Call 9-1-1. Witnesses often assume that someone else is calling. Render aid,… Learn More »

Avoiding Pedestrian Accidents as School Begins

Summer is almost over— soon nearly 54 million children across the nation will be back on our roads, walking and biking to school. Motorists need to be extra careful while driving during the times children are traveling to and from school. Drivers should always slow down and obey all traffic laws, especially when traveling in school zones. The… Learn More »

Recent Trucking Regulations Impact Safety

Driver fatigue is often overlooked as a cause for traffic accidents. Truck drivers are especially affected by fatigue given the nature of their job and work schedules. Previous studies have shown that a truck driver remaining awake for 17 hours results in response times 50% slower than that of a well-rested driver. Another factor that… Learn More »

Revisiting Safety Standards in Buses

Many have called for a review of safety standards for both trucks and buses in light of the tragic crash between a Fed Ex truck and a charter bus that killed 10 people in Northern California earlier this month. While the National Traffic and Safety Board (NTSB) has pushed for “seatbelts, emergency exits and fire-safety… Learn More »

Should teens be allowed to skip the driving test?

A new law in Oregon lets teenagers who have passed a driving class obtain a license through their driving instructor, instead of the Department of Motor Vehicles. Teenagers don’t need the DMV drive test?   A decade ago, Oregon introduced a Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) program. Teen drivers must attend a state-certified driving school, pass a written test,… Learn More »

Changing the “Standard” Way of Thinking

A traffic engineer speaks up for pedestrians, safety For decades, the focus of engineers building roads and highways has drifted towards creating wider, faster roads to allow for constantly increasing traffic. While focusing on more efficient transportation, civil engineering may have lost sight of what is most important: public safety. Engineer Charles Marohn describes the… Learn More »

Safety vs. Privacy: the black box dilemma

Event data recorders – “black boxes” – will be standard on every new car sold in the U.S.  by the end of 2014. Black boxes do not run all the time, but record your car’s information during a crash, including: speed brake activation airbag deployment seat belt position There are good reasons to collect this data.… Learn More »

Watching for riders

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, a national project to encourage vehicles and motorcyclists to “share the road” with each other. Motorcycle fatalities represent 14% of total highway deaths annually, despite motorcycle registrations representing only about 3% of all vehicles in the United States. Improving cooperation between all road users and motorcyclists will help to… Learn More »