Transportation Safety

Single-unit trucks a big danger in accidents

-Yet they’re exempt from many safety rules
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While big rigs would seem to be more dangerous to passenger cars in roadway accidents, single-unit trucks actually cause a disproportionate number of passenger vehicle fatalities, according to a new report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).


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Distractions are many when you’re behind the wheel

By Arthur A. Liggio
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Consider this. A government study estimates that on any given day more than 800,000 vehicles are operated by drivers using hand-held cell phones.


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Train derails, explodes near Baltimore

At least one person injured
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A CSX freight train derailed and exploded this afternoon near Baltimore after colliding with a tractor trailer, news sources are reporting. Although numerous witnesses report a loud explosion accompanied by intense heat, and the incident caused a major disruption by forcing the shutdown of U.S. 40, only one injury is being reported: that of the truck driver, who was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.


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Maintenance may be culprit in Conn. train derailment

NTSB go-team heads back to Washington
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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is focusing on maintenance work done on the track in its ongoing investigation into the May 17 derailment and collision of two Metro-North trains near Bridgeport, Conn. The accident along a busy New York–New Haven corridor injured more than 70 people, at least five of them critically.


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No fatalities in Washington bridge collapse

Large truck reportedly struck bridge, causing incident
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Witnesses say the collapse of a bridge in Washington state last night occurred after an oversized truck struck the metal arches that cover traffic crossing the bridge. There were no fatalities or serious injuries, although three people were rescued after their vehicles plunged into the Skagit River. They were taken to area hospitals.


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NHTSA reminds motorists to safely 'share the road' with motorcyclists

More than 4,000 died in crashes in 2011
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With motorcycle-related deaths on the rise – in contrast to automobile fatalities – the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reminding drivers of cars, trucks and buses to watch out for motorcycle riders.


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NTSB has bold new goal: zero alcohol-impaired crashes

10,000 killed on U.S. roadways each year
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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) today unveiled an ambitious new plan aimed at eliminating alcohol-impaired driving crashes. The 19 recommendations contained in the plan call for stronger laws, swifter enforcement and expanded use of technology.


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Texting in traffic: Adults worse than teens

-and they admit that it's wrong
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Forget teenagers. Adults are the biggest texting-while-driving problem in the USA. What's worse — they know it's wrong. Almost half of all adults admit to texting while driving in a survey by AT&T provided to USA TODAY, compared with 43% of teenagers. More than 98% of adults — almost all of them — admit they know it's wrong.


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Booming sales of novelty helmets boost toll of motorcycle deaths

A FairWarning report
By Rick Schmitt
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The results were tragic but not surprising last May when Suzanne Randa and her fiance, Thomas Donohoe, crashed while riding Donohoe’s Harley Davidson on Highway 79 near the Southern California city of Loma Linda.


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Distracted driving only risky when others do it??

Survey finds U.S. drivers still using cell phones in large numbers
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It’s official: Americans are ignoring the warnings about the dangers of distracted driving and continuing to use their cell phones while behind the wheel. A new survey by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) -- released in conjunction with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month -- shows that at any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving.


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