It’s worse than we thought: terrifying video study of teen distracted driving crashes

NHTSA estimated that about 15% of teen driver car crashes are caused by driver distraction. AAA researchers pulled in-car event recorders and analyzed almost 1700 teen drivers in the six seconds before a crash. Distraction was a factor in 58% of teen car crashes. That’s a huge difference: four times more teen car crashes could… Learn More »

What we can (and can’t) learn from Oregon’s fatal crash data

The Oregon Department of Transportation started collecting information on fatal motor vehicle accidents back in 1946. Last week, The Oregonian created a searchable map using this data. It shows the location of every crash that resulted in 5 or more fatalities. That’s 47 crashes in nearly 70 years— just a fraction of the total number… 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 »

Does a car accident claim affect your insurance cost?

A new study says just one accident claim will cost you thousands InsuranceQuotes.com hired researchers to answer this question. They created a hypothetical 45-year-old employed, married driver with no previous claims and got rates from 6 companies in all 50 states. They found that, on average, making a claim on an insurance policy caused premiums… 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 »

Most distracted driving deaths don’t involve cell phone use

“Lost in thought” was the main cause of fatal distracted driving accidents, according to a new study. Erie Insurance looked at 2 years of U.S. police reports for more than 65,000 fatal car accidents: 10% named distracted driving as the primary cause of the crash. Out of those 6,500 fatal car crashes attributed to distracted… Learn More »

Why are Americans more distracted than Europeans?

Nearly 70% of Americans ages 18- 64 admit to talking on their phones while driving in the past 30 days.  A full 30% admitted to sending text messages. Distracted driving is a lot more common in the U.S. than in Europe, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study, which… Learn More »

Dangerous driving: the poor condition of roads

The odds are good that you drove or were a passenger in a car today. Even though the rate of car ownership is declining among Americans, there is still approximately 1 vehicle for every 2 people. It’s indisputable that we rely – heavily– on our highway and road system. So is it surprising to learn that over… Learn More »

What is causing a big jump in traffic deaths in 2012?

Traffic accident fatalities for the first quarter of 2012 are way up compared to 2011 – nearly 13.5%. That is approximately 7,630 people dead from as a result of motor vehicle crashes in the just first three months of the year.  The statistic that I found to be shocking?  More people  have died on U.S.… Learn More »