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One woman's crusade to stop truck underride accidents (1 of 3)

If you have ever been driving behind a tractor trailer you may have noticed two vertical steel bars that extend from the fame of the truck and connect with a horizontal steel bar. This feature is known as an underride guard and has been required on the backs of most large trucks and trailers since the early 1950s in effort to prevent truck underride accidents.

Several fatal accidents plague northern California's roads

Last week was a deadly one on northern California's roads. According to reports, the California Highway Patrol had six unrelated fatal car accident investigations going as of Saturday afternoon in the Bay Area, the San Francisco Gate reported.

New crash test dummies take obesity into account

We know a lot about car accidents thanks to ongoing statistics that are collected nationwide. It's safe to say that the main reason behind all the number crunching is safety. Automakers and government agencies want to know the who, what, where, when and why of car crashes. This information often leads to changes which then lead to safer roadways. It seems to be working, if you consider that car accident deaths are at historic lows in our country.

Pursuing a civil claim after a drunk driving accident

In a post earlier this week, we told you that Halloween is one of the deadliest nights of the year for drunk driving accidents, according to the National Highway Safety Administration. In fact, while about 30 percent of fatal car accidents involve alcohol on any given day, that proportion shoots up to 50 percent on Halloween.

A decade later, defective airbags finally getting attention

This week, we have been discussing automobile defects that can be deadly if automakers don’t act fast enough to issue recalls. We specifically discussed Congress’ response to General Motors’ deadly ignition switch defect, which led to the recall of millions of vehicles but only after at least 12 people lost their lives.

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