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March 2016 Archives

Strengthened helmet laws in Connecticut may save lives

In an attempt to minimize the number of motorcyclists who receive traumatic brain damage and other injuries as a result of tragic accidents, many states require the use of motorcycle helmets. Statistics reported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show that motorcyclists who wear helmets are 37 percent less likely to be killed and three times less likely to be injured in a serious collision with another vehicle.

Carmakers agree to feature automatic braking standard by 2022

Amid all the talk of self-driving cars, one automatic feature already in many vehicles has fallen out of popular discussion: automatic braking. Yet automatic braking has been shown to reduce rear-end accidents by nearly 40 percent, and the technology is already available.

Increase in freight tonnage could lead to increase in accidents

Motorists across Connecticut are used to sharing the road with tractor trailers on a daily basis. Big rigs should be operated by qualified truckers who have been trained on how to maneuver these massive vehicles alongside smaller cars and motorcycles. As the American economy improves, the industry is expected to see a substantial growth in the amount of freight that needs to be distributed. According to the American Trucking Association, freight tonnage could increase by as much as 23.5 percent by the year 2025. This growth calls for a greater number of tractor trailers to distribute goods across the state and throughout the nation. Not only does this increase have implications for the U.S. trucking industry, but it also puts drivers at an increased risk of getting in a tragic large truck accident.

Motorcyclists are at increased danger of brain injury

Although all motorists who are involved in an auto accident are in danger of sustaining a brain injury, motorcyclists have an even greater risk of receiving brain trauma. Not only do motorcyclists lack the protective barrier that a motor vehicle provides, many bikers in Connecticut and across the country fail to wear helmets and other protective equipment while riding on busy roadways. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that head injuries are the leading cause of injury and death in motorcycle accidents. Furthermore, more than 80 percent of all motorcycle accidents reported in the U.S. involve injury or death.

Audits continue to show major dysfunction within the NHTSA

Throughout much of the past decade, Americans have been subjected to a series of major auto recall scandals, one after another. Right now, Takata is in the spotlight for its dangerous and defective air bags. Before that, General Motors took major criticism for its defective ignition switches. Before that, Toyota faced fines, litigation and investigations related to its vehicles' problems with sudden, unintended acceleration.