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Will New Truck Driver Hours-of-Service Rule Increase Safety?

In December, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued an updated rule regulating the weekly allowable hours-of-service for truck drivers. Commercial truck drivers in Missouri will need to be in full compliance by July 1, 2013.

Nationwide Ban Recommended on Cellphone Distractions in Vehicles

Responding to an alarming increase in drivers' distracting use of cellphones, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently concluded that states should act to ban almost all use of cellphones while driving.

Novelty Motorcycle Helmets May be Dangerous

Novelty motorcycle helmets are appearing in greater numbers as non-certified manufacturers generate many new models and unusual styles. A novelty helmet is one that may carry a specific theme or unusual design with the intent of giving the rider a unique appearance. The problem with these non-certified helmets is that they give the rider a sense of security that may not exist. Head trauma injury is the number one critical damage that a rider can suffer in a motorcycle accident and these novelty helmets do not prevent it.

Road Safety Efforts Have Lowered The Number of Traffic Fatalities

In 2010, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 32,788 people lost their lives on America's roadways. This number represents a significant decrease since 2005, and marks the lowest traffic fatalities since 1949. While several safety initiatives have contributed to these numbers, there are still many preventable accidents related to risky behaviors.

Big Trucks, Big Dangers

In May 2011, following a series of fatal bus accidents, the National Transportation Safety Board convened a two-day panel in which federal regulators, safety experts, and the truck and bus industries were on-hand to discuss strategies to prevent deadly accidents and address why past safety recommendations had not been enacted.

Frequently Asked Questions About Traumatic Brain Injuries

With all its complexities, the human brain is the most important organ in the human body. It controls all bodily functions, stores our memories and houses our thoughts. Not surprisingly, brain injuries are a serious public health problem potentially associated with long-term disabilities and billions in medical costs. One diagnosis that is increasingly common is that of traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Study Shows Increase in Drug Use in Fatal Accidents

Although law enforcement officers have long suspected that drug use plays a major role in auto accident fatalities, no study has ever definitively found a correlation. In an evolving process, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a new study on post-mortem results of car accident victims.

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