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New Study Highlights the Dangers of Drowsy Driving

A new study published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety argues that drowsy driving is a major cause of car accidents in the US. According to AAA, the number of car accidents caused by drowsy drivers is underreported by federal agencies. Government statistics claim 1 to 2 percent of car accidents are caused by drowsy driving. AAA claims drowsy driving may account for 8.8 to 9.5 percent of car accidents. In addition, AAA argued that 10.6 to 10.8 percent of crashes involving property damage, airbag deployment or injuries are caused by drowsy drivers. The 3,500 study participants agreed to be recorded with cameras during a 7-month period. AAA measured drowsiness by analyzing the percentage of time participant’s eyes were closed. During the study, AAA record several instances of drivers crossing into oncoming traffic or even crashing their vehicles. Is Drowsy Driving Similar to Drunk Driving? Drowsy driving may be…
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Should Georgia School Buses Use Three-Point Seatbelts?

The driver of a school bus that crashed in Chattanooga, Tennessee in late 2016 was recently found guilty of six counts of negligent homicide. In November 2016, the school bus was carrying 37 elementary school students when it tipped over and crashed into a tree. Six children died in the crash. In another crash that occurred in late January, a Houston County school bus overturned while transporting 35 students. One student died in the crash and multiple others suffered injuries. School buses use compartmentalization to protect students from the impact forces caused by a collision This is why many large school buses do not have seat belts. High seatbacks with padding, close seating and energy-absorbing technology can sometimes protect bus occupants during a wreck. However, compartmentalization cannot protect children in crashes like those that occurred in Chattanooga and Houston County. Rollover crashes can kill or severely injure school bus occupants…
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Chrysler Was 99 Percent at Fault in Wrongful Death Suit

Chrysler was reported last year to have filed an appeal on a high-profile 2012 case involving the death of a child in a Jeep accident. According to the original accident report, a 4-year-old boy burned to death after a Jeep was rear-ended. The fire happened due to the Jeep’s ruptured fuel tank located behind the rear axle. The driver liable for the accident was charged with vehicular homicide in the first degree. Chrysler, on the other hand, was found to be 99 percent at fault for the accident. Attorneys on the case argued that Chrysler had been aware of the design flaw regarding the installation of the fuel tank located behind the rear axle. In the end, the auto company was ordered to pay $120 million in wrongful death damages and $30 million in pain and suffering damages. However, the recent appeal by Chrysler argues that the amount ordered is…
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