SUVs and Pickup Trucks Responsible for Majority of Pedestrian Accidents

According to a recent study, pickup trucks and SUVs are more responsible than any other type of passenger vehicle for pedestrian accidents and deaths. In research released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the majority of pedestrian accidents are caused by these larger vehicles, which have become increasingly popular over the past two decades. In fact, the research ties the increased ownership of SUVs and pickup trucks as a potential reason for the rise in pedestrian fatalities since 2009.… Read the rest

Why Do More Auto Accidents Happen After Daylight Savings Time (DST)?

Every year, the switch to Daylight Savings Time (DST) is a nightmare, in terms of the danger it poses to the general public. When people switch to DST, the rate of auto accidents increases by six percent for a full week afterwards, reliably. But why is it that Daylight Savings Time is so dangerous for drivers, and what can be done to deal with it?… Read the rest

With Longer Nights Comes More Auto Accidents

One of the consequences of the nights getting longer is that auto accidents become far more frequent. For a variety of reasons, people who drive at night are substantially more likely to get involved in an auto accident than people who drive when it is light outside. And with nights getting longer during the winter, that means there is more time during the day when people are at an elevated risk of an auto accident.… Read the rest

What Makes Motorcycle Accidents So Dangerous?

On average, approximately 5,000 people die every year as a result of motorcycle accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This makes motorcycle accidents one of the most dangerous types of motor vehicle accidents, with the risk of fatalities being about twenty-seven times more likely with motorcycles than any other type of vehicle. Why are motorcycles so dangerous, compared to other types of motor vehicles?

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Mobileye Begins Testing of Self-Driving Cars in New York City

Mobileye, an Israeli tech company, has begun testing its self-driving cars in New York City. The company is the first to ever successfully test its self-driving cars on New York City streets, and only the second to receive a permit to test those cars. This news comes at a time that more companies are looking to use self-driving technology in their motor vehicles.… Read the rest

Self-Driving Cars Now Required to Report Crashes

In a mandate issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), manufacturers of self-driving cars will be required to report all crashes of those vehicles within 24 hours of them happening. This action comes after a series of high-profile accidents involving self-driving cars, some of which have resulted in injury or death. This is meant to make the process more transparent, as numerous manufacturers are trying to move towards self-driven vehicles.… Read the rest

Suffolk Legislators Sign Letter Condemning “Horrendous” Road Conditions

Suffolk County legislators have signed a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, decrying the “horrendous” conditions on certain public roads in New York. The letter, signed by all 17 Republican and Democratic county legislators, makes note of the deplorable conditions of roads that are supposed to be run by the state. They are calling for more investment in infrastructure to improve road conditions, which will make the roads safer and easier for motorists to travel on.… Read the rest

Switch to Daylight Savings Means More Car Accidents

Daylight Savings Time comes around the same time every year, when America pushes its clocks ahead one hour. Despite the fact that everyone knows it is coming, people often take a great deal of time to adjust to the change in schedule. This shift is more than a simple inconvenience, however, as the switch to Daylight Savings Time often comes with an increased risk of injury and death, particularly when people are out driving.… Read the rest

NHTSA Reports Increase in Traffic Fatalities During Quarantine

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has revealed that the first nine months of 2020, which included the most intense period in which the coronavirus lockdown was in place, showed an increase in the number of traffic-related fatalities compared to the same period in 2019. This is despite a general decrease in traffic- or, as the NHTSA proposes, it may in fact be because of the lightened traffic. In addition, there were increased signs of drivers being under the influence of alcohol or other mind-altering substances during this time period.… Read the rest

Pedestrian Accidents on Rise From 2015 to 2019 in NY

A study by AAA Northeast has shown that 162,000 pedestrians were struck by vehicles from 2010 to 2019. That is an average of one person every thirty-three minutes, with the highest point coming in 2013 with 16,145 pedestrian accidents. While things seemed to be turning around in 2015, when accidents had fallen by 22% from just two years prior, they slowly turned back around, and in 2019 there were 15,456 pedestrian accidents. While this trend may have been slowed by the coronavirus pandemic, pedestrian accidents nevertheless remain shockingly prevalent and deadly in New York.… Read the rest

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