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IIHS Responds to General Motors Request to Waive Safety Requirements

General Motors (GM) sent a petition to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), requesting that the agency waive certain safety requirements so that they could deploy a fleet of driverless cars that will be used for ridesharing. The petition argues that close to 95 percent of car accidents are caused by human error and… Read More

Multi-Vehicle Car Accident in Montgomery County

On June 6, 2019, at least seven people were injured in a high-speed crash that involved multiple vehicles. The accident took place at approximately 11:15 p.m. at New Hampshire Ave and North Hampton Drive. Two of the seven injured victims were trauma patients, according to a spokesperson for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service…. Read More

External Airbags Protect Passengers Inside the Vehicle

Airbags have been a safety feature in most cars for years and are very effective at protecting front-seat passengers from serious injuries. Automotive supplier ZF has developed an external version of the airbag, which is designed to soften a side-impact crash. The airbag, which resembles a pontoon attached to the side of the car, uses… Read More

Multi-Vehicle Accident in Montgomery County Injures Several Victims

On Monday morning, a multi-vehicle accident in Montgomery County, Maryland occurred that injured several victims. Around 9:15 am, a landscaping truck and trailer and numerous other vehicles crashed on Rockville Pike in North Bethesda, Maryland leaving seven victims injured. About four victims incurred serious injuries and were transported for medical treatment. This accident is the… Read More

2020 Car Models Have New Safety Features

General Motors has introduced Buckle to Drive, a new safety feature that locks the vehicle in park until its driver fastens their seat belt. It will be standard on certain Chevrolet and GMC cars and trucks, including the GMC Canyon and Cadillac, and the Chevrolet Colorado, Traverse, and Malibu. Teen Driver Injury Rates The Centers… Read More

How to Measure Safety of Self-Driving Cars

As the excitement surrounding autonomous vehicles continues to grow, more car manufacturers have decided to develop their own version of a self-driving car. From tech companies to traditional automakers, these companies are investing a significant amount of time and money to make their mark on an industry that is estimated at $54 billion and is… Read More

Fatal Bicycle Accidents Peaked in 2016

The League of American Bicyclists released a report recently, which found a startling trend in fatal bicycle accidents in the United States. According to the report, there were more bicyclists killed in 2016, compared to any other year since 1991. Data from the U.S. Department of Transportation shows that there were 840 recorded fatal bicycle… Read More

Statute of Limitations for Filing a Car Accident Claim

Car accidents can be extremely stressful and overwhelming, particularly if there are serious injuries and property damage involved. If the injuries are severe, the victim may incur costly medical bills, and be unable to return to work for an extended period. While car accident victims have three years to file a personal injury claim in… Read More

Automakers Use Crash-Scene Investigators to Improve Vehicle Safety

Since the 1970s, Volvo has dispatched its own crash-scene investigators to accident sites to collect valuable information about the cause of the accident, the damage to the vehicles, whether the occupants of the vehicles suffered any injuries, and how they can use that information to improve the safety of their vehicles. Volvo’s Accident Research Team… Read More

Light Rain Increases Risk for Accidents

Snow, ice, and freezing rain can make road conditions extremely hazardous. What many motorists many not realize, however, is that even light rain can increase the risk of serious and fatal car accidents. In fact, according to a recent study from the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies, the risk off fatal car accidents increases… Read More

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