The tragic death of a 40-year-old Ohio man who was killed when his self-driving Tesla car slammed into a truck on a Florida highway wasn't just news for residents here in Florida. This story grabbed national attention as it was "believed to be the first deadly crash in which an American driver was relying on self-driving technology to steer, accelerate and brake the vehicle," explained a USA Today article.
Working in the farming industry can be both challenging and fulfilling. Farm workers take enormous pride in their work and what they provide for others, but their livelihood also puts them at risk of getting hurt in serious accidents by nature of the industry.
Bicycle accidents can be very dangerous and often result in serious injuries and even fatalities for cyclists involved in these accidents. While many cities have started planning for cyclists by making bicycle lanes, rural roads can still be very hazardous for cycling.
Commercial trucks are required to have guards under the back of their trailers to prevent cars from driving underneath their vehicle in the event of a crash. These guards are called underride guards and the newest safety test found some dangerous news for car drivers in the U.S.
Traffic fatalities increased for the first time in the U.S. since 2005. The National Safety Council reported that there was a five percent increase in traffic deaths from 2011, with roughly 36,200 car accident fatalities reported last year.
Obese drivers are more likely to die in car accidents compared to drivers who are not overweight or obese, according to a new study by the Emergency Medicine Journal. Obese drivers are more at risk for being killed in car accidents because passenger vehicles do not protect these passengers as well as normal weight passengers.
Last year, an estimated 35,000 people were killed in car accidents in the U.S. Despite safety features and regulations for auto manufacturers, fatal car accidents still continue at an unusually high rate. A study by the co-founder of the Center for Injury Research is trying to figure out why vehicle safety features are not reducing fatal car accidents.
Workplace accidents remain a threat for workers throughout the country, especially for farm workers. While the rate of workplace injuries and fatalities has slowly declined, the number of farm workers dying in grain bin and silo accidents remains steady.
Traffic deaths in 2010 dropped to historic lows. A variety of factors are likely responsible for the decline including improved technology, increased public awareness about safe driving practices and improvements in road engineering.
According to federal traffic statistics, the likelihood that you will be involved in a fatal car accident depends largely upon where you live in the country. People living near and driving on rural roads are far more likely to be involved in fatal car crashes than their urban counterparts.