December 2017 Archives

On the many reasons why crashes occur

In 2008, researchers at the University of Michigan did a heavy analysis of nearly 7,000 car accidents all across the country. The purpose of the study was to find out some of the definitive reasons why car accidents occur. That may seem like a silly goal, given just how ubiquitous car accidents are and the myriad different reasons that any individual car accident could occur. But the study did yield some important information.

Federal agency reversing course on trucking safety regulations

Under the previous administration, regulators with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which regulates commercial trucking, had drafted a number of regulations aimed at reducing truck crashes. The new administration has now halted or reversed a number of those safety gains, and traffic safety advocates are worried.

When is an accident the pedestrian's fault?

Let's say it is rush hour, and you are driving through heavy traffic. All of a sudden, a pedestrian crosses in front of you. To prevent colliding with the pedestrian, you step on the brake pedal. In the space of one second, you are struck from behind, and so is that driver, and so is the driver behind that driver. All four drivers are injured in the pile-up.

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