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July 2017 Archives

Study: Inexperienced teen drivers 3 times as likely to crash

New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that inexperienced teen drivers between the ages of 16 and 17 are three times more likely than adults to become involved in a car accident with a fatality. This has led a number of safety groups to issue a warning now, while summer is at its height.

2015: Motorcyclists were in an unsafe position

A report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration makes one thing clear: motorcycle safety is in a tenuous and difficult position right now. In 2015, nearly 5,000 people died in motorcycle accidents (4,976 to be precise), which is a marked increase from 2014 when 4,594 people died. Injuries in motorcycle accidents declined from 2015 (about 88,000) to 2014 (about 92,000), but the change was modest in comparison to the significant jump in fatalities.

Farm worker deaths are rising. Could local emphasis programs work?

According to OSHA, agricultural work is among the most dangerous occupations in the nation. Between 2003 and 2001, over 5,000 U.S. agricultural workers died on the job. That's a death rate seven times higher than the average U.S. worker.

Rash v. Waterway - Contributory negligence in slip and fall cases

In a recent decision by the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the Court took on the issue of contributory negligence in a slip and fall case. Vanessa Rash filed a negligence law suit against the Waterway Landing Homeowners Association after she slipped and fell on a molded walkway in her condomimum complex. 

NHTSA investigating faulty auto parts linked to gas leaks

As many as a million cars and trucks could be affected by faulty gas tank flanges that crack and pose a risk for engine fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. No actual fires have apparently been reported, although some paperwork indicates that drivers have smelled gasoline before the defect was discovered.

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