Despite some women's worry that seat belts or air bags could harm a baby in utero in the case of an accident, expectant mothers who are not wearing a seatbelt during a car crash are more likely to lose the pregnancy than restrained mothers, according to a new study.
Injury Patterns and Severity among Motorcyclists Treated In US Emergency Departments, 2001-2008: A Comparison of Younger and Older Riders | Injury Prevention
Objective To examine differences across age groups in patterns of injuries sustained from motorcycle crashes.
While overall highway deaths and the fatality rate have declined in recent years, the trend is reversing. This should serve as a wake-up call to governors and state legislators, warn traffic safety advocates who today released an annual scorecard measuring state progress in adopting 15 basic traffic safety laws.
Distracted and Risk-Prone Drivers: Select Findings from the 2012 Traffic Safety Culture Index | AAA Foundation
Distracted driving remains a significant and high-profile traffic safety concern, with cell phone use and text messaging among its most visible manifestations. This report presents the latest data on distracted driving from the 2012 Traffic Safety Culture Index, and examines select findings of self-reported behaviors and attitudes in the Index concluding that distracted driving may simply be one manifestation of risk-prone driving more broadly.
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Seat belt use in 2012 reached 86 percent, a significant increase from 84 percent in 2011. This result is from the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS), which is the only survey that provides nationwide probability based observed data on seat belt use in the United States. The NOPUS is conducted annually by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
For the free NHTSA report, click here.
Drivers often "zone out" behind the wheel, and this mind wandering contributes to many car crashes, a new study finds.
French researchers who reviewed data on nearly 1,000 collisions say half of all car accidents may be caused by a driver's wandering thoughts and worries.
"Day dreaming -- mind wandering -- accounts for a significant proportion of car crashes," said lead researcher Emmanuel Lagarde, a senior researcher with the National Institute of Health and Medical Research at the University of Bordeaux.
A new study of driving behavior across the country found that slightly more than 4 percent of adults admit to having fallen asleep at the wheel.
Understanding the Distracted Brain: Why Driving While Using Hands-Free Cell Phones is Risky Behavior | National Safety Council
Contrary to popular belief, using hands-free devices while driving is not safe.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a new analysis indicating that highway deaths fell to 32,367 in 2011, marking the lowest level since 1949 and a 1.9 percent decrease from the previous year. The updated 2011 data announced today show the historic downward trend in recent years continued through last year and represent a 26 percent decline in traffic fatalities overall since 2005.
Drugged driving is on the rise in California and it has surpassed drunken driving. It's been suspected for a while but never quantified just for California until now. A new Office of Traffic Safety survey of nine cities during Friday and Saturday nights recently concluded more Californians are driving under the influence of drugs than alcohol: more than double, at 14 percent.
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