As the days get shorter and we enter into hunting season, a new study reminds us that we must watch out for deer on the roads. According to the study by State Farm, Iowa ranks third on a list of the states with the most deer accidents.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released 2010 data on auto accident fatalities and the information revealed some alarming facts.
We have serious traffic safety laws governing crosswalks and intersections for an important reason: pedestrian safety. The human body is no match for a car, bus or truck, and traffic-control rules are designed to protect people from being hit by potentially deadly vehicles.
Every day, we are inundated with stories of motor vehicle accidents that happen because drivers are texting, typing, or carrying on conversations with their mobile devices. However, a new, promising development is underway that may help prevent the occurrences of auto accidents in today's 21-century multitasking society.
Even in seemingly idyllic rural southeastern Iowa, a commercial-truck accident can wreak havoc on human and environmental safety. A recent trucking accident on heavily traveled east-west corridor Interstate 80 stopped and rerouted traffic for several hours midday while officials worked feverishly to contain a 200-gallon herbicide spill.
Most everyone has seen car accident crash test dummies on television. Most simulated events, however, only show the dummies being hit from the front or rear of the vehicle they are riding in. Rarely do we see simulated side impact collisions-collisions that happen when a vehicle strikes the side of another vehicle, often in the door area with a passenger riding on the other side of the door.
In 2010, to combat the dangers of distracted driving, the state of Iowa passed a law banning texting while driving. The law took effect in July of 2010, however, recently released numbers indicate that the texting ban may not have the teeth that safety advocates had hoped.
A Pennsylvania judge is considering admitting the recording of a vehicle's black box as evidence in a case involving a car accident that left three people dead.
According to the Iowa Department of Public safety, one person has died every day in an auto accident within the state of Iowa. The good news is that fewer people have died this year than last.
A lot of hazards on the road awaiting us as soon as we pull out of the driveway, many of which, unfortunately, involve the actions other drivers. Drivers, however, forget that cities or municipalities are in some cases responsible for mitigating these problems by properly maintaining roads, keeping traffic signals in working order, and controlling speed limits.