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June 2015 Archives

Red light cameras' safety benefits depend in part on politics

Most Americans would probably agree that the purpose of traffic laws should be public safety. Enforcement of laws against running red lights is necessary, for example, because the threat of consequences is one of the few things that will motivate some people to avoid doing it. Red light cameras seem like a rational way to enforce that law, if only because they're always on patrol.

Even the slightest distraction can lead to a devastating accident

For many people, multitasking while driving has become second nature. Millions of individuals find it nearly impossible to drive any distance without texting, talking on a cellphone, eating, reading or grooming. Unfortunately, a driver distracted by these activities can cause devastating, fatal car accidents.

Passenger injuries in car accidents are common

Motor vehicle accident injuries are not limited to the drivers of the cars or trucks involved. In fact, passengers in these vehicles can sustain severe, catastrophic injuries as well. Depending on the force of the collision, a passenger runs the risk of suffering a fatal injury in a serious car accident.

Prototype could make driving near large trucks safer

Imagine yourself driving down a highway. Immediately ahead of you is a large commercial truck. This truck is going more slowly than you would like to be going, but you are unsure of whether or not you should try to pass it because you cannot see properly around it. What do you do? Do you take a risk or do you drive slowly behind the truck until you can make absolutely sure that it is safe to pass the massive vehicle?

Do stricter nighttime driving rules lead to safer teen drivers?

There are many concerns that can arise regarding teen drivers when it comes to nighttime driving. For one, visibility tends to not be as good when driving at night, which could be problematic for a young driver who is still trying to get the hang of driving. Also, nighttime driving can sometimes create a drowsy driving risk for teens at a stage in their driving experience when they may not be that good at gauging if they are too tired to drive.

All accident scars may not be physical in nature - Part II

During our last post, we began a discussion about the kinds of trauma that motor vehicle accident victims may experience. Certainly, many accident victims weather physical trauma and are left with physical injuries. But not all accident-related trauma is physical in nature. Oftentimes, individuals are left with psychological and emotional wounds that may require much time and effort in order to heal.

All accident scars may not be physical in nature - Part I

We recently began a discussion entitled “Why the Tracy Morgan truck accident settlement matters.” During that discussion, we observed that the settlement which was recently reached in the accident case involving Tracy Morgan serves as an excellent illustration of an important point. The media likes to report on cases that are particularly contentious and that result in significant jury awards. However, the majority of cases do not result in a jury verdict. The majority of cases, including the Tracy Morgan accident case, settle. And settlement does not render these cases any less important than those which end in a jury verdict.

Anti-DUI prototype car unveiled by NHTSA

We have previously observed that it is surprisingly easy for responsible adults to unintentionally drive while illegally drunk. Currently, the law generally allows individuals aged 21 years and older to have some alcohol in their bloodstreams while operating motor vehicles. What is critical is that one’s blood alcohol content does not rise above the legal limit. Because alcohol metabolizes differently in the body based on a number of factors, some adults may feel sober even when their BAC exceeds the legal limit.

Why the Tracy Morgan truck accident settlement matters

Nearly one year ago, the acclaimed comedian Tracy Morgan and several others were traveling in a limousine van when a tractor-trailer owned by retail giant Walmart slammed into the back of it. The accident killed a fellow comedian and seriously injured Mr. Morgan. After months of negotiations, a settlement has been reached in the case filed by Mr. Morgan’s attorneys in the wake of the crash.

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