Good News: Seat Belt Use Reaches New High

How do seat belts save lives?

Seat belt use has reached an all-time high, according to a study recently released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  Approximately 90 percent of Americans now use their seat belts, which is a statistically significant increase from 88.5 percent...

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Smartphones Could Help Prevent Distracted Driving

What steps could cell phone manufacturers take to prevent distracted driving?

The government is asking smartphone makers to design their phones to discourage distracted driving.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a set of proposed guidelines for cell phone manufacturers to prevent drivers from using their phones while...

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When Airbags Kill

Q: If a safety device causes injuries or death, is the manufacturer responsible?

Automotive technology has been advancing at light speed in recent years with self-driving cars no longer something out of a sci-fi movie. Back-up cameras and airbags are some of the more recent safety features to come...

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A Primer on Automobile Accident Injuries

What are some of the common injuries in automobile accidents? Whether high speed crashes or low-impact collisions, automobile accidents often result in serious injuries. At times, certain injuries may not be immediately apparent either because shock or the body's natural defenses initially mask the injury. After the body has a chance to relax, however, a...
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High Tech Cars No Match for Human Error

Q: Are cars with auto-pilot and other safety features able to avoid accidents? Automotive technology is advancing at warp speed. Airbags and back-up cameras are now common. Manufacturers are producing luxury vehicles that are not only electrically-powered, but that are pushing the boundaries in the new features department with offerings like pop-up, rear-facing backseats. And...
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When Limo Rides Ignite

Five individuals found themselves trapped inside a burning limousine one night while driving on San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, in California.  The limo was filled with friends in their thirties and forties who were gathered for a passenger’s bridal shower celebration.  The party was destined for Foster City’s Crowne Plaza Hotel. Upon a bump...
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Death in the Slow Lane: Truck Accident Law in California

Are commercial trucks subject to specific safety laws and regulations? While many may joke about driving on the California freeways, a recent truck accident tragedy on the 5 Freeway in Gorman reminds us how grave the consequences of sharing the roadways with the big rigs can be. On June 28, 2016, the unthinkable happened. Two families...
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Blaming the Auto-Pilot Driver

Who is at fault in a self-driving car accident? The nation’s first auto-pilot fatal car accident just happened in Florida. The accident occurred when a Tesla driver using the auto-pilot, self-driving feature crashed into the side of a tracker trailer that had crossed its path at a turning point in a divided highway, sending the...
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