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What Should I Do After an Uber Car Accident

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For passengers, it’s important to know what to do if you are ever involved in an Uber car accident. What recourse do you have if it should happen? It’s something few think of when they pull their smartphone out on Saturday night to hail a driver. Within a matter of minutes, that driver appears, greetings… Read more »

Officials Report a Projected Increase in Traffic Fatalities

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In 2015 alone, 35,200 people in the U.S. lost their lives after becoming involved in car accidents. This statistical projection, recently publicized by the U.S. Department of Transportation, demonstrates an increase of 7.7 percent compared to the total traffic fatalities that occurred in 2014. That year, the figure stood at 32,675 deaths. It’s important to… Read more »

Sidney Woman Killed in Head-On Collision

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A head-on accident on West River Road took the life of a 47-year-old Sidney woman the night of June 15. Laurie Garland was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, after her vehicle crossed the center line of West River Road and collided head-on with a vehicle containing two juveniles. Both of the juveniles… Read more »

Researchers: Sixth Sense in Distracted Driving, But Not When Texting

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A team of researchers from the University of Houston and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute compared three common types of driving distractions, finding a sixth sense protects distracted drivers, but not while texting. The study used 59 volunteers who each drove the same stretch of highway four times under varying conditions: in a normal state;… Read more »

More Pedestrians Killed in Motor Vehicle Crashes Last Year, GHSA Reports

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Troubling statistics on pedestrian fatalities have been reported by the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA). According to the GHSA’s most recent report, pedestrians made up 15 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2014 and will likely do so in 2015. GHSA estimates that the number of pedestrian fatalities will increase by 10-percent between 2014 and… Read more »

Truckers Non-Compliant with Sleep Apnea Therapy at Risk for Crashes

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Truck drivers who fail to adhere to their prescribed sleep apnea treatment significantly increase their risk of serious preventable crashes, according to a recently published study on the subject. The study compared 1,613 truck drivers with obstructive sleep apnea with the same number of comparable drivers without the condition. The drivers with sleep apnea were… Read more »

NHTSA Summit Seeks to Curb Traffic Crash Deaths

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With federal statistics estimating recent annual traffic fatalities at about 26,000, it is fair to say that the deaths affect hundreds of thousands of people each year. Earlier this month, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration concluded a series of conferences aimed at changing dangerous traffic behavior. The most recent 2-day summit ran on March 10th and… Read more »

Sleep Apnea Compromises Safety of Rail & Highway Transportation

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Sleep apnea poses many risks to those who are affected, but perhaps the most immediate danger is the threat of nodding off while driving – a side effect that often results in catastrophe. Chronic fatigue and sleepiness caused by obstructive sleep apnea is known to impair driving drastically, making motorists more susceptible to vehicle accidents…. Read more »

Researchers Identify Biggest Distracted Driving Risks

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The problem of distracted driving has become a common concern among law enforcement and motorists alike. Now, researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute have identified the most dangerous culprits in distracted driving accidents and other factors that can increase a driver’s chances of a crash. The hope is that by determining the riskiest distractions, steps can… Read more »

Roadway Deaths Increased in 2015, Reports DOT

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A recent report from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) does not bode well for American motorists. According to agency estimates, a staggering 26,000 people died in traffic accidents in the first nine months of 2015. To put this in perspective, there were 23,796 roadway deaths in the first nine… Read more »