Category: Vehicle Accidents
April 20, 2018 /
Truckers Driving Dangerously: Unsafe Lane Changes

While the vast majority of large truck drivers exercise proper attention when it’s time to move into another lane, a few bad apples drive more dangerously, resulting in injuries and deaths for innocent victims. Abrupt lane changes by large commercial vehicles create havoc. The trailer that’s part of a semi often extends to 53 feet, and, in some cases, even longer. Such a vehicle takes up a lot of space on the road, making lane changes a matte...

April 12, 2018 /
How Kids Get Hurt in Non-Traffic Accidents

Not all automotive dangers to your children happen on the roads. Some can occur in your own driveway. "Non-traffic accidents," as they are known, result in hundreds of fatalities and 95,000 injuries a year for children 14 and under. Generally, the risk of injury and death is greater with young children. They often cannot be seen by the driver when they are in front of or behind a vehicle, and they do not fully understand the consequences of th...

March 9, 2018 /
PERCLOS: The Newest Way to Detect Drowsy Drivers

How many times have you seen a weaving car on the road and wondered, is that driver under the influence? Did you ever consider that they might be sleepy and not drunk? It turns out that drowsy driving is a much bigger problem than the official statistics would lead you to believe. The U.S. government’s figures have traditionally pegged drowsy driving as responsible for, at most, 2 percent of all crashes. But a new study using the PERCLOS m...

March 1, 2018 /
Indiana’s Future Includes Driverless Cars

Indiana may become the 22nd state to provide guidelines for the manufacture and use of autonomous motor vehicles, if House Bill 1341 becomes law. Introduced by State Representative Ed Soliday of Valparaiso, the bill consists of a number of regulations regarding autonomous vehicles, including safety standards and the creation of an automated vehicle oversight task group. Some guidelines for the autonomous vehicle industry have already been appr...

February 28, 2018 /
Are Your Tires Safe?

Your life and your safety are literally riding on your tires every time you drive your vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 11,000 crashes related to tire problems take place each year. In 2015, 719 fatalities were due to tire-related crashes. Ensuring that your tires are fit for the road should be a high priority for every driver. Blowouts: Especially Perilous Of those who own cars, on...

January 16, 2018 /
Motorcycle Passengers at Greatest Risk for TBIs

Indiana University’s School of Medicine (IUSoM) researchers discovered recently that it is the passengers on motorcycles who are more likely to forgo using protective helmets, making them more likely to experience traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) than drivers of motorcycles. Surprisingly, passengers had more TBI injuries than drivers even when they did wear helmets. The report, one of the first to investigate the benefits of helmet usage, was...

December 3, 2017 /
The Dangers of Post-Collision Fires

Any severe car accident can leave injuries and deaths in its wake. But your odds of dying go up significantly if a post-collision fire breaks out. According to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) drives the point home. In the time period from 2005 through 2013, 3.6 percent of all car fires took place after a collision. However, this seemingly small percentage of fires was responsible for well over half—55.2 percent—of all car ...

November 28, 2017 /
Fewer Restrictions on Self-Driving Cars – What it Means

A decade ago, the concept of self-driving vehicles seemed like something straight out of science fiction. However, in recent years, autonomous vehicles have become increasingly common—and it likely won't be too long before the majority of vehicles on the road have self-driving capabilities. Couple this with autonomous features in everyday vehicles, such as auto-braking, and it's no surprise this technology is taking the automotive world by stor...

November 15, 2017 /
Not in the Know about Car Tech? DIY.

Are you in the market for a new car? Has it been a few years since you’ve bought one, or since you’ve even looked at a new model? You might be stunned to discover the amount and variety of technical features on the latest models, even the lower-priced ones. Americans are keeping their cars and trucks longer; for all passenger vehicles on the road, the average age is approximately 12 years. We tend to keep our vehicles for around six years....

November 14, 2017 /
iPhones Combating Distracted Driving

Everyone knows that texting while driving is foolish and can be deadly. But many drivers simply cannot resist looking at a message once they know it has arrived. Have you often wished there was a way to avoid temptation by blocking text messages automatically while you drive? Now there is, if you use an Apple iPhone. (You can also do it on an Android phone, sort of, if you are running the right messaging app.) The iPhone screen and many of the...

November 8, 2017 /
Chrysler Recalls 1.3M Ram Trucks – What Does It Mean for Consumers?

If you own a Ram Truck, you may already be aware of the recall of 1.3 million of the vehicles due to software problems. The issues can cause side airbags and seatbelts to malfunction in a roll-over crash. Of course, automotive recalls are nothing new, but an increasing number of them, including this Ram Truck recall, are technology related. How could this technology-based Ram Truck recall affect you even if you don't own this vehicle? A Quick Hi...

November 6, 2017 /
Internal Injuries Suffered in Vehicle Accidents 

Some of the deadliest car accident injuries are also the toughest to identify. Internal injuries put patients at immediate risk, but may not be evident until hours, even days, after the individual should have received medical attention. Princess Diana is the perfect example; the tragic car accident that ended her life caused severe internal injuries. Unsure as to whether your recent car accident resulted in internal injuries? Keep reading to l...

September 7, 2017 /
The Deadliest Cars and Trucks in America

As consumers, the products we choose to buy and use can affect our wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around us. This is particularly true of automobiles. More than 35,000 people die in car accidents in the United States each year – more than 800 of them right here on the streets of Indiana. How much do our car-buying decisions contribute to this loss of life? Are the choices we make on the showroom floor as important as the decisions we make...

August 23, 2017 /
Watch Out for That Load!

Some dangers on the road aren’t the huge semi on your bumper or the speeding driver weaving around you during a rainstorm. Some dangers can occur when you’re simply driving home, minding your own business. That’s what happened to Maria Federici. She was heading home on I-405 in Washington State when a piece of particleboard flew out of the rented U-Haul in front of her, smashing through her windshield. Federici almost died; she had nearly e...

August 7, 2017 /
Headlights: Essential but Neglected?

Can there be another part of your car that you think about less than your headlights? Let’s face it, headlights aren’t sexy. But they are essential to keeping us alive when we drive in the dark and during storms. Headlights have been basic equipment on passenger vehicles for over 100 years. They started out as fuel-powered, but quickly moved to electricity. Despite technological advances, a significant chunk of headlights are rated poorly. S...


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