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Post-Collision Fires: An Escalating Threat

  • December 6, 2017
  • Auto Accidents
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Serious car crashes often leave terrible injuries in their wake. But sometimes such crashes result in post-collision fires. The fire’s victims can suffer injuries such as life-threatening burns, extensive scarring, and permanent nerve damage. Problems arising from such devastating wounds often mean a lifetime spent adjusting to pain and disability. Data in the National Highway
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“Do Not Disturb While Driving”

  • October 4, 2017
  • Accidents
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When you see a distracted driver on the road, perhaps you’ve wished for a magic “do not disturb” feature that would keep other folks’ minds on their driving. While no magic is involved, Apple has implemented a new iPhone function called Do Not Disturb While Driving with their latest operating system, iOS 11. If you
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Keeping Your Teen Alive: Drowsy Driving and Your Child

  • September 20, 2017
  • Accidents
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When you have a teenaged child who’s got the keys to a vehicle, it might seem as if the things you can worry about become endless. What if they speed? What if they text someone while driving? What if they get behind the wheel after having had something to drink? It turns out that the
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When CSI is Really SCI

  • July 21, 2017
  • Accidents
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It was 1970 when serious accident investigation began at Volvo. They wanted to determine which were safer—lap belts or “three-point” seat belts. Engineers at Volvo formed a team and studied the results of crashes where the “three-point” seat belts were in use. It’s one reason we have the seat belt design we do today. In
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We like to think that we have a certain amount of control over ourselves – how we think, how we feel and how we react to the things around us. In many aspects of our personal lives, we do have control. But our subconscious minds can be much more complicated and powerful than we realize.
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After a contentious past, red light cameras, along with speed limit cameras, are coming back to the streets of Baltimore for the first time since 2013. It’s estimated that doing so will create $5 million in city revenue as well as catch those who would endanger public safety by running lights and breaking the speed
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Distracted Driving: Illegal—and Deadly

  • April 12, 2017
  • Accidents
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Imagine being able to experience what a crash caused by smartphone usage would be like—without actually crashing your vehicle and sustaining injuries, or dying. That’s precisely what a number of students in a University of Maryland classroom were able to do during February 2017. AT&T sent a representative to help students through a simulation of
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For decades, drunk driving-related crashes consistently accounted for around half of all traffic fatalities in the United States. Even though we had the technology to detect the presence of alcohol in a driver’s system since the 1930s, and even though several studies had been conducted about the dangers of driver impairment on our roads, there
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Combating Distracted Driving by Improving Devices

  • January 18, 2017
  • Accidents
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In late November, 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) put forward guidelines meant to deal with the problem of driver distraction due to portable electronic devices in vehicles, including mobile devices such as smartphones. The announcement revealed the second phase of the NHTSA’s voluntary guidelines. The first phase addressed
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Self-Driving Car? Think Again, Perhaps

  • December 9, 2016
  • Accidents
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Self-driving cars have their strong points. They won’t fall asleep, the way humans do. They won’t drive under the influence. They won’t speed, eat, put on makeup, text, or talk on the phone. Once they reach their potential, self-driving cars will likely reduce the incidents of accidents, injuries, and fatalities. Why? Because the federal government
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