IIHS performs safety testing on small cars

Car safety is something we all have on our minds, particularly those of us looking to purchase new vehicles. Luckily, there are plenty of resources out there for folks wondering what vehicles are considered safest in the class their looking for. In a recent set of tests performed by the

Study shows texting while walking comes with risks

According to a recent study to be published in the journal Accident Analysis & Prevention, Americans have a problem paying attention, not only while driving but also while walking. And cell phones are largely to blame. The study showed that at least 1,500 Americans were injured in 2010 while walking and

NTSB investigation reveals violation of safety regulations

The National Transportation Safety Board—the agency responsible for investigating and reporting aviation accidents, ship and marine accidents, railroad accidents, and some types of highway accidents involving motor vehicles—recently completed its investigation of a New Jersey accident that took place last year. That accident, which involved a school bus and a Mack

Road rage a leading cause of car accidents

A man involved in an accident that left a Boulder man injured will reportedly not be charged after an investigation revealed that he stopped his vehicle to avoid another car and not because of road rage. He had initially been accused of road rage after passing three professional triathletes who

Automobile insurance and uninsured/underinsured drivers

As our readers know, automobile insurance is a critical part of being a driver in our society. By law, most states require drivers to have certain types of coverage with minimum limits. Drivers may, of course, carry extra coverage—and this is not a bad idea. Each driver needs to decide

New hours-of-service rule implemented for truckers

On Monday, new federal regulations intended to reduce the occurrence of truck accidents caused by driver fatigue were imposed upon commercial carriers. The new regulations will reduce the maximum average workweek for truck drivers from 82 hours to 70 hours and require commercial carriers to take at least one 30-minute break during

Truck drivers and distracted driving not a good mix

On Wednesday, David Teater of the National Safety Council delivered an important address at the national Fleet Safety Conference in Illinois.  The topic of the address was the use of cell phones while driving. Now most of our readers are aware of the problem of cell phone use among regular

Denver train vs. car accident leaves 2 dead

When you are driving in Denver and approach railroad tracks when a train is near, lights flash to warn you and a crossbar will fall on either side of the tracks to prevent traffic from moving through. Depending on where the tracks are located, some trains will even sound their

New law allows immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, obtain car insurance

Last week, Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law the Colorado Road and Community Safety Act, a bill that permits temporarily documented and undocumented noncitizen residents to obtain a Colorado driver’s license. The license issued under the law can only be used to drive in the state of Colorado, and cannot

NHTSA urges caution with endorsement of fully automated vehicles

By now, most of our readers have probably heard of Google’s famous self-driving car and similar efforts to create such vehicles. These vehicles, to be sure, hold a lot of promise for the future of transportation, but also a good amount of uncertainty from an insurance and liability perspective. On