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February 2020 Archives

Using black boxes to understand truck crashes

If you drive regularly, you may pass dozens of semitrucks during your morning and evening commutes. While you can typically count on a professional operator to drive responsibly, a negligent, careless or distracted driver may put your life in danger. Alternatively, if you collide with a tractor-trailer, you may sustain life-altering injuries. 

U.S. automobile safety testing falling behind other countries

Automobile consumers in California have looked to the federal five-star safety rating system since the 1990s when shopping for new vehicles. The New Car Assessment Program emerged under the strong leadership of a safety advocate while she served at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As part of her current work for the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, this person has written a report criticizing the federal government's failure to evolve the safety rating system in recent years. Europe, Asia and Latin America now put more effort into vehicle safety testing than the United States.

Cities with most car accidents in 2019 ranked in new report

The transportation nonprofit Go Safe Labs has released a report on car accident numbers and rates in 2019. Researchers, after analyzing some 2 million collisions occurring from 2018 to 2019, have come up with a list of the 10 worst cities for accidents. California residents may not be surprised to hear that Los Angeles made the list. It came in third with 19,660 crashes.