How Safe Are You? – Defective Seat Belts and Airbags

When you get in the car, you probably assume that any dangers you might face are out on the road. You wouldn’t think that the most risky aspect of your travels could be right there in your own vehicle. Unfortunately, defective seat belts and airbags can pose a huge danger to you and your family, and in some cases, they could make the consequences of a car accident even more severe. Vehicle manufacturers have a responsibility to protect consumers through careful construction and monitoring of auto safety features. If you or a loved one has been injured because of a … Read the rest

Traffic Deaths On U.S. Roads in 2008 Reached A Record Low While Seat Belt Use Continued To Climb

The number of traffic deaths on U.S. roads last year reached a record low, while seat belt use continued to climb, the U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced April 6, 2009. Based on a statistical projection, in 2008 the fatality rate in motor vehicle traffic crashes is estimated to have dropped to 37,313 a 9.1-percent decline from the 41,059 fatalities reported in 2007. The actual count of fatalities will be reported in August 2009.

Preliminary data reported by the Federal Highway Administration shows that vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in 2008 dropped by about 3.6 percent to 2,922 billion miles. The … Read the rest