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Autonomous cars lead to questions of road safety

Cars driving themselves: it sounds like something out of a science fiction movie. But all around the world, car makers are taking steps to turn that dream into a reality. Nissan, Toyota, Audi, and even Google are hard at work creating the first generation of autonomous vehicles. Proponents say that when human drivers are taken out of the equation, safety will improve. Others, however, are uneasy with the thought of allowing humans to step back from the responsibility that comes with driving a car, and fear that without human intervention, faulty machinery could cause a car accident. Car manufacturers are...
Vehicle Accident

New overlap crash-test results released on new vehicle models

Crash-test ratings released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have historically informed publications like Consumer Reports and have influenced auto buyers as a result. Although the IIHS is not a federal agency, its crash-test results are both respected by motorists and manufacturers alike and are highly-anticipated when new models are released into the marketplace. Until recently, common car accidents known as overlap crashes were not tested for by either the IIHS or federal authorities. Given the prevalence of overlap crashes and the devastating nature of both property damage and injury that result from this kind of impact, this...
Vehicle Accident

Dangerous Intersections in San Francisco–A Top Ten to Avoid

A recently released report by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition enumerated the most dangerous intersections in San Francisco – which has led to questions about why safety measures have not been implemented to make these intersections safer. In a recent statement to the San Francisco Examiner, the executive director of the Coalition, Leah Shahum, asked why the police department and the local transportation agency had not developed a more aggressive stance to prevent accidents in these intersections. Shahum noted that other cities with similar problems had instituted strategic plans to deal with the issue of pedestrian and bicycle accidents. The...
Bicycle Accidents