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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 »

Investigation Underway over Brake Failures in Harley Davidsons

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An investigation has ensued after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) received 43 complaints of faulty brakes on certain models of Harley Davidson motorcycles. Riders reported that both the hand and foot brakes suddenly failed to work, resulting in three crashes and two injuries. The investigation includes more than 430,000 Harley Davidson motorcycles with… Read more »

When the Unthinkable Happens: Liability in Swimming Pool Accidents

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Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death in children between the ages of one and four, according to the CDC. Swimming pools cause the greatest risk of submersion injury for children in this age group. When the unthinkable happens and a child is the victim of a swimming pool accident, who is liable? Whether the… Read more »

Pedestrian Safety Risks Analyzed at NTSB Forum

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Government officials at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) held a public forum in Washington D.C. to discuss methods of improving pedestrian safety, as state and federal data shows pedestrian injuries and deaths have continued to increase in recent years. The forum, held on May 10 2016, featured four panels, each of which looked at… 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 »

New OSHA Rules Aim to Curb Workplace Injuries

Factory worker calling for help after accident

Last week, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its new data reporting rule aimed at modernizing injury data collection. According to a recent OSHA news release, the new rule, which goes into effect August 10, 2016, is intended to “nudge” employers to increase precautions that reduce workplace injuries and illnesses…. Read more »

Updated OSHA Reporting Requirements Yield Workplace Accident Data

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Now that the first year under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) new workplace injury reporting requirements has come and gone, the agency is now assessing the implications of the data gleaned in the past 12 months and what it may reveal about employer-based safety initiatives and precautions. In support of that effort, OSHA… 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 »

Alcohol a Likely Culprit in Fatal Maine Crash

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A fatal Maine car accident on County Road claimed the life of 28-year old Matthew Spencer, reports the Bangor Daily News. On the morning of February 24, Matthew was riding as a passenger with his younger sibling Nicholas, 21, when his brother lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a telephone pole. The car… Read more »

Where do Most Car Accidents in Bangor Occur?

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There are numerous causes of car accidents in Maine, ranging from impaired and distracted drivers, excessive speed, motor vehicle defects and hazardous road conditions. For every crash that occurs on state highways and roads, the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) logs vital pieces of information such as accident location and underlying cause. DOT spokesperson Ted… Read more »