Commercial trucks and buses have been chronic dangers on our nation's roads. Commercial carriers and motor coach companies have often been found to cut corners on safety, sometimes leading to tragic results. They may delay required maintenance, cut back on training, employ dangerous drivers and even encourage certain rules violations -- all in the name of improving the bottom line.
The German automaker BMW has announced a recall of some 1.4 million cars and SUVs, citing a risk of engine fire even when the vehicle is not in use. A spokesperson said the risk is low, but recommended parking the vehicles outside until repairs are made. Repairs are expected to be available beginning Dec. 18.
It's never just a bump on the head. As medical experts continue to research, the evidence overwhelmingly shows that a concussion isn't a momentary injury. The effects are different on each individual. Sometimes it is over quickly, but others experience side effects for months and even years later. The more serious the brain injury, the harder the recovery will be.
A new study by AAA's Foundation for Traffic Safety raises serious questions about all the new "infotainment" technology automakers are packing into new vehicles. The study found that, even where the in-vehicle technology was less distracting than a cellphone app, it caused more distraction overall because it was used more.
Most road lanes were designed for one car to navigate comfortably. Increasingly, we see roads with bike lanes, but these are by no means universal. Many bikes and motor vehicles are forced to share spaces that do not offer either a comfortable amount of space to navigate.
Preliminary estimates sow U.S. traffic fatalities were slightly lower during the first half of 2017 than over the same period last year. Unfortunately, they remained 8 percent higher than in 2015. Worse, the 2016 number was a 6-percent jump over 2015 and represented the largest two-year increase since 1964. Moreover, the fatality rate typically goes up in the second half of the year.
Research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that two automated safety systems -- lane-keeping and blind-spot monitoring systems -- substantially reduce both the number and severity of crashes. At the same time, they may cause drivers to be less vigilant or could even act as distractions.
New Mexico residents who planned a road trip for the Fourth of July should know that it is considered the most dangerous summer holiday with regard to motor vehicle accidents. The Insurance for Highway Safety states that for the last10 years, the holiday has been, on average, the most dangerous day for drivers. A major insurer states that 7 percent more accident claims are filed for the Fourth of July as well as the three days before it than are filed for the Labor Day and Memorial Day holidays.
Many New Mexico motorists drive trucks, and the results of a study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety showed variations in the outcomes of fatal accidents among different truck models. The institute looked specifically at accidents that killed drivers of vehicles manufactured between 2011 and 2014. All types of vehicles taken together produced an average rate of driver deaths of 30 per million registered vehicles. The category of trucks proved safer than passenger vehicles with death scores of 26 and 39 per million respectively.
Imagine you are driving down the highway. You are wearing your seatbelt, driving the speed limit and obeying traffic laws. Seemingly out of nowhere, you are hit by another car. In the blink of an eye, you wind up seriously injured on the side of the road.