With passenger vehicles and large trucks competing for space on our increasingly crowded roadways and highways, it is probably no surprise that deaths from big rig crashes are on the rise. In 2016, more than 4,300 people died in accidents involving large trucks. That figure is up 5.4 percent from 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
It makes little difference here in the city that never sleeps. Whether you're out at night running errands or you're a worker on the road to or from your 3rd shift job, an injury accident can happen anytime due to lack of sleep -- your own or someone else's. Sometimes, it can be dangerous to live the life of a “night owl.”
A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reports some alarming news. In 2016, a staggering 44 percent of all drivers who were killed tested positive for drugs in their autopsies -- up from 28 percent in a similar study in 2006.
In spite of the occasional headline over news stories about car accidents which seem to suggest that senior citizens shouldn’t be driving, the evidence doesn’t necessarily support the premise that older drivers (65-70+) are any more dangerous than our youngest drivers (age 19 and under). In fact, much research into the topic suggests the very opposite is true and that we should be more fearful of younger drivers than seniors behind the wheel.
New research indicates that pedestrian deaths have disproportionally increased faster than overall traffic deaths in the past 10 years. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) study says that pedestrian deaths are now at their highest level in 28 years. Nationwide, nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed in 2016, a rise of 46 percent from 2009, when such deaths were at a low point. It’s also the most pedestrian deaths since 1990.
About 1,800 kids are hit by cars and trucks in New York City each year, according to New York State Department of Motor Vehicle data, many of them as they make their way to and from school. A few years ago, Radio Station WNYC examined traffic safety data and found several ways in which kids are different from adults when it comes to pedestrian accidents.
It's hard to believe it, but in this era of the vehicle recall, there are over 57 million U.S. automobiles on our roads that have been recalled for at least one defect, according to this year’s study on the matter by Carfax. The owners of these defective vehicle owners, for whatever reason, have not had them fixed.
The National Safety Council has designated May as National Motorcycle Safety Month.  And though its...
A mid-March school zone speeding accident in Brooklyn, in which two pedestrian children were killed...
U.S. motor vehicle recalls fell to 30.7 million in 2017. That’s the fewest since 2013,...
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