IIHS Calls for Improvements to Rear Safety

Rear seats used to be safer than front seats, but that was back in the 1990s. Connecticut residents should be aware that rear-seat safety has been lagging behind front seats. In fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has labeled rear seats a danger. However, there are various ways that the safety of rear seats … Read moreIIHS Calls for Improvements to Rear Safety

DUI-Related Deaths Often Pique On July Fourth

Connecticut residents may not be surprised to hear that the holidays see more drunk driving deaths. According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, a program that collects data for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the worst holiday for DUI deaths is the Fourth of July. In eight years (2010 to 2017), there were 1,192 … Read moreDUI-Related Deaths Often Pique On July Fourth

Estimates Indicate Truck Accident Fatalities Increased

According to estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, when the 2018 statistics are finalized, the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents involving at least one semi-truck will show a 3% increase. A preliminary NHTSA report indicates that the number of car accident fatalities fell from 2017 to 2018 by 1% even though the … Read moreEstimates Indicate Truck Accident Fatalities Increased

New Car Safety Technology May Confuse Some Drivers

Most drivers in Connecticut appreciate technology that helps keep them stay safe behind the wheel. Even so, automakers are concerned certain safety innovations they’re adding to vehicles may confuse some drivers. Researchers liken the increased use of automated assistance technology to what happened when autopilot capabilities were first introduced. When autopilot become standard, some pilots … Read moreNew Car Safety Technology May Confuse Some Drivers

Study Compares Light To Heavy Rain Impact On Car Crash Risk

Connecticut drivers experience changing weather conditions year-round. Although snow may be the weather condition that makes drivers the most cautious, rain can be dangerous too. A recent study reported by the American Meteorological Society compared light rain, moderate rain and heavy rain conditions as they relate to car crash risk. According to the findings, even … Read moreStudy Compares Light To Heavy Rain Impact On Car Crash Risk

Semi-truck crashes rise, but safety tech may be the answer

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration states that in 2017, there were 34,439 fatal crashes in Connecticut and the rest of the U.S. Of these, 4,079 involved at least one large truck or bus. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says that 72 percent of all fatalities in truck crashes are the occupants of passenger … Read moreSemi-truck crashes rise, but safety tech may be the answer

NSC: Drivers Are More Distracted Around Emergency Vehicles

Many drivers in Connecticut and across the U.S. become distracted whenever they pass an emergency vehicle on the street. In a survey conducted by the National Safety Council and the Emergency Responder Safety Institute, 60 percent said they post on social media whenever they see such a vehicle. Just over 65 percent said they send … Read moreNSC: Drivers Are More Distracted Around Emergency Vehicles

Inspection Blitz Aims To Identify Unsafe Trucks

Every year, vehicle inspectors in Connecticut and across the country focus on trucking safety as part of the Roadcheck inspection program. The 72-hour inspection blitz, which is organized by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, often focuses on different aspects of commercial vehicle maintenance and safety on the roads. These inspection blitzes aim to identify and … Read moreInspection Blitz Aims To Identify Unsafe Trucks