Late last month, a devastating crash occurred on an Illinois interstate near Aurora. The truck driver who caused the fatal crash is suspected of driving for more than 35 hours without taking mandatory-length breaks. Many federal regulators, safety groups and the trucking industry itself are aware of the fact that truck driver fatigue is a hazard. However, this latest fatal accident has brought this public safety issue into sharper focus.
When Congress passed a 2007 act aimed at preventing back-over injuries and fatalities, it mandated that the Department of Transportation (DOT) have a rule in place requiring back-over prevention equipment in all new cars and light trucks by 2011 at the latest. As we near the end of 2013, no such rule has been definitively created, let alone put in place.
As new parents learn soon after their first child is born, you cannot control whether or not your children remain safe every moment of the day. Even parents with the best of intentions often find themselves in situations in which their children have become injured. Whether the injuries result from the kids' game of ninja in the backyard or from a defective product, parents can only do the best they can to keep children safe and hope that they have done enough.
Dogs are indeed often man's best friend. And woman's best friend and child's best friend as well. However, new research suggests that elderly drivers may be placing themselves in danger when driving with their best canine buddies. According to experts at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, elderly drivers face higher rates of car accidents when traveling with canine passengers.
When a new addition graces your household, it can be difficult to feel that anything else in the world bears paying attention to. New babies inspire a primal parental instinct to shower them with constant attention. Infants absolutely need this kind of attention, which is precisely why it can be dangerously distracting to have them with you while you are driving.
Whether the weather outside is frightful or not, driving during the holidays can be uniquely hazardous. A high volume of motorists on the roads, potentially inclement weather, heightened emotion, distraction of all kinds and readily available alcoholic beverages make the period between Thanksgiving and New Years the most dangerous time of year to travel by car.
Most of us vividly remember the day we got our driver's license and how exciting that newfound freedom was. Indeed, being able to drive is a symbol of independence. However, as we age, our driving abilities inevitably deteriorate. Unfortunately, this deterioration can put us and others at risk. As an older driver or a loved one of an older driver, it is important to heed warning signs that may mean it is time to hang up the keys.
New oil and gas wells have sprung up in the past several years all across the country. While many of these wells have provided an economic boom to those areas this industry growth has come at a cost.
Despite 40 deaths from deadly bus crashes in Illinois, Texas and Mississippi in recent years, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has yet to heighten its oversight of commercial vehicle safety, as recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
As we enter 2012 it is a time for new beginnings, and one of the things beginning on New Year's Day is Illinois' more stringent seat belt law. Starting this Sunday, adult passengers in the back-seat of vehicles will be required to buckle up.