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19 May
U.S. Pedestrians Dying at Highest Rate in 40 Years

U.S. Pedestrians Dying at Highest Rate in 40 Years

U.S. pedestrian deaths in 2021 were the highest in four decades, with an average of 20 deaths every day, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.

An estimated 7,485 pedestrians were killed in 2021, which was 12% more than in 2020, preliminary data show.

28 Apr
Driver's Ed Does Help Young Drivers Stay Safe

Driver's Ed Does Help Young Drivers Stay Safe

If your teen is itching to get behind the wheel, new research underscores the importance of signing them up for driver's education.

The study found that

22 Apr
Highway Death Toll Warning Signs May Cause More Crashes, Not Less

Highway Death Toll Warning Signs May Cause More Crashes, Not Less

Showing highway death tolls on roadside message boards in a bid to curb crashes may actually cause more accidents, a new study suggests.

That's because they

07 Apr
Walk the Roads at Your Own Risk as Pedestrian Deaths Keep Climbing

Walk the Roads at Your Own Risk as Pedestrian Deaths Keep Climbing

America's roads are getting ever more dangerous for pedestrians, a new study finds.

During the first six months of 2021, there was a 17% increase in pedestrian deaths in t...

07 Apr
L.A. Study Shows E-Scooter Injury Rate Soaring

L.A. Study Shows E-Scooter Injury Rate Soaring

Electric scooters may be a boon for the environment but not so much for riders.

A surprising study finds that the injury rate in one Los Angeles neighborhood for riders of

18 Mar
SUVs, Trucks More Prone to Hitting Pedestrians

SUVs, Trucks More Prone to Hitting Pedestrians

When you're out for a walk, watch out for SUVs, pickups, vans and minivans that are making turns at street corners, a new report warns.

It found that those larger vehicles are much more likel...

01 Feb
People High on Pot Used a Driving Simulator. Here's What Happened

People High on Pot Used a Driving Simulator. Here's What Happened

You smoked a joint an hour and a half ago. Now it's worn off enough that you feel fine to get behind the wheel.

But you're fooling yourself, a new study says. You're likely about to drive under the

31 Jan
Driving Both High and Drunk More Dangerous Than Either Alone: Study

Driving Both High and Drunk More Dangerous Than Either Alone: Study

The hazards of drunken driving are well known, and a new research review shows that adding pot to the mix only makes matters worse.

The analysis of 57 past studies found that the

13 Jan
More Folks Drive High When Pot Made Legal: Study

More Folks Drive High When Pot Made Legal: Study

Here's more evidence that marijuana may make driving more dangerous: As pot has been legalized in more countries and states, a greater number of people are driving intoxicated by the drug and crashing, researchers report.

THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, has been ...

08 Dec
Half of Drinkers Who Think They're Fit to Drive Are Wrong: Study

Half of Drinkers Who Think They're Fit to Drive Are Wrong: Study

If you think you're fine to drive after drinking, there's a good chance you're wrong, new research shows.

The study found that despite being over the legal driving limit, half of the participants believed they were safe to drive.

The study included 90 volunteers, a...

22 Nov
Ridesharing Services May Be Lowering Drunk Driving Deaths

Ridesharing Services May Be Lowering Drunk Driving Deaths

Don't drive drunk. That's simple and obvious advice. And it appears ridesharing services are making it easier for people to take it.

In a new study that looked at Chicago data, more rideshare trips meant fewer alcohol-involved crashes.

"This study was designed to l...

25 Oct
Injuries From Bikes, Guns Rose During Lockdowns

Injuries From Bikes, Guns Rose During Lockdowns

In yet another example of the cost of the pandemic, a new study finds there were significant increases in bicycle- and gun-related injuries during coronavirus lockdowns in the United States, but a decrease in traffic injuries.

Researchers analyzed data on more than 27,60...

22 Oct
Scientists Develop Quick Test for Marijuana Use

Scientists Develop Quick Test for Marijuana Use

Researchers may be one step closer to developing the equivalent of a Breathalyzer for detecting marijuana use.

In an early study, scientists found that their rapid test was able to reliably detect THC in people's saliva in under 5 minutes. THC, short for tetrahydrocannab...

13 Oct
Helmets Can Saves Lives in ATV, Dirt Bike Crashes

Helmets Can Saves Lives in ATV, Dirt Bike Crashes

New research provides further proof that helmets are essential for young users of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and dirt bikes.

Wearing a helmet significantly reduces their risk of moderate or severe head injuries in crashes, and also lowers their risk of death, the study ...

22 Jun
More E-Scooter Rideshares, More Injuries

More E-Scooter Rideshares, More Injuries

As the use of e-scooters has risen with the introduction of urban rideshare programs, so have serious injuries associated with their use, a new study finds.

Neck and head injuries are especially common.

"Since e-scooters became a popular form of transportation in m...

14 Jun
Teens Who Text While Driving May Take Other Risks Behind the Wheel

Teens Who Text While Driving May Take Other Risks Behind the Wheel

When it comes to teens, one risky driving behavior may beget other risky behaviors on the road: New research finds that those who use cellphones while behind the wheel are more likely to engage in other types of risky driving.

"This study found that frequent cellphone us...

08 Jun
Girl's Tragedy Has Parents Calling for Changes to Car Design

Girl's Tragedy Has Parents Calling for Changes to Car Design

Jay-Fay Fraser was in the back seat of her father's sedan, heading home from feeding the homeless on Thanksgiving 2016, when another car rear-ended them on the highway.

The driver's seat collapsed backward from the sudden force of the rear impact, slamming into Jay-Fay's...

29 May
Boaters and Drivers, Stay Alcohol-Free This Memorial Day Weekend

Boaters and Drivers, Stay Alcohol-Free This Memorial Day Weekend

It's the first holiday since the pandemic began where Americans can mingle without masks if they are fully vaccinated, so celebrations are in order. But folks still need to avoid alcohol if they're driving or boating over the Memorial Day weekend.

"This Memorial Day week...

20 May
Biggest Reason Teens Injure Their Spines: Not Wearing Seat Belts

Biggest Reason Teens Injure Their Spines: Not Wearing Seat Belts

Two-thirds of spinal fractures suffered by American children and teens occur in car crashes when they aren't wearing seat belts, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data on more than 34,500 U.S. patients younger than 18 who suffered spinal fractures between 2009 and ...

31 Mar
Most Parents Skip Child Car Seats When Using Uber, Lyft

Most Parents Skip Child Car Seats When Using Uber, Lyft

Many U.S. parents don't use child safety seats when they take ride-share vehicles like Uber or Lyft with their young children, a new study finds.

"Our results are concerning, as ride-share services are increasingly popular," said senior study author Dr. Michelle Macy, a ...

23 Mar
U.S. Pedestrian Deaths Rose in 2020, Even Though Driving Declined

U.S. Pedestrian Deaths Rose in 2020, Even Though Driving Declined

Despite the fact that Americans have been driving less during the pandemic, pedestrian deaths per mile in the United States spiked 20% in the first half of 2020, new research shows.

The culprits? Increases in speeding, distracted and impaired driving, and other dangerous...

16 Mar
Drinking, Drunk, Deadly: Know the Signs of Alcohol Overdose

Drinking, Drunk, Deadly: Know the Signs of Alcohol Overdose

Wednesday is St. Patrick's Day, a holiday often marked by one (or more) too many drinks. But experts warn that simple holiday fun can quickly turn deadly when alcohol is involved.

The U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) offered these reminders...

10 Mar
Lockdowns Kept Car Crash Rates Low, Ohio Study Finds

Lockdowns Kept Car Crash Rates Low, Ohio Study Finds

Ohio's lockdown early in the COVID-19 pandemic led to a significant decline in traffic crashes, injuries and deaths, but numbers ticked up once the stay-at-home order ended, a new study finds.

Like many other states, Ohio had a stay-at-home order prohibiting nonessential...

23 Feb
Tiger Woods Hospitalized Following Car Crash

Tiger Woods Hospitalized Following Car Crash

Golfing legend Tiger Woods is in the hospital after his car flipped over in a Los Angeles neighborhood on Tuesday morning.

"Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries. He is currently in surgery, and we tha...

08 Feb
Speeding on U.S. Roads Is Taking Thousands of  Teenagers' Lives

Speeding on U.S. Roads Is Taking Thousands of  Teenagers' Lives

Nearly half -- 43% -- of all fatal car crashes involving teens and their passengers are the result of speeding, a new automobile safety report reveals.

The finding stems from an in-depth analysis of all fatal motor vehicle accidents across the United States between 2015 ...

05 Feb
Driving Hazards Differ for Teens With Autism

Driving Hazards Differ for Teens With Autism

Getting a driver's license is an important milestone for many teens and young adults, including those with autism. But all beginner drivers face hazards on the road.

New research analyzing motor vehicle crashes shows that teens with autism are half as likely to crash due...

04 Feb
Drugged Driving a Growing Threat on America's Roads

Drugged Driving a Growing Threat on America's Roads

Combining drugs with driving is a potentially deadly but all too common combination in the United States, according to a new report.

University of Cincinnati (UC) researchers found that almost 9% of adults reported driving under the influence of alcohol. Marijuana use ...

03 Feb
'So Happy:' World's First Hand/Face Transplant Patient Doing Well

'So Happy:' World's First Hand/Face Transplant Patient Doing Well

Joe DiMeo's life changed forever when he fell asleep at the wheel on U.S. Route 22 in New Jersey on July 14, 2018.

The horrific crash left him with third-degree burns on 80% of his body and a grim prognosis.

Now, more than two years later, DiMeo, 22, is the recipie...

15 Dec
Nearly Half of Teens Get Behind the Wheel Shortly After a Concussion

Nearly Half of Teens Get Behind the Wheel Shortly After a Concussion

Driving is a high-risk behavior for teenagers under ordinary circumstances, but new research shows that many who have experienced a concussion may be returning to the road too soon.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the University of Pennsylvania School of N...

08 Dec
Helmetless Bikers Ride 'Donorcycles,' Organ Transplant Experts Warn

Helmetless Bikers Ride 'Donorcycles,' Organ Transplant Experts Warn

TUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2020 (HealthDay) -- 'Donorcycles:' That what hospital trauma staff call motorcycles, since riding one without a helmet greatly raises the odds the driver will become an organ donor far too soon.

A new study out of Michigan supports the grim nickname: It...

01 Dec
Will Pot or CBD Make You a Worse Driver?

Will Pot or CBD Make You a Worse Driver?

As marijuana laws relax and the popularity of CBD products explodes, more Americans may find themselves behind the wheel after taking either of these cannabis-linked substances.

Now, an on-the-road study found that the danger of driving after consuming a marijuana produc...

26 Oct
Hard-to-Detect Form of Epilepsy Can Lead to Car Crashes

Hard-to-Detect Form of Epilepsy Can Lead to Car Crashes

The most common form of epilepsy is a risk factor for car crashes, yet it can have such subtle symptoms that it often goes undiagnosed for an extended period of time, even years.

Researchers said the failure to recognize symptoms of subtle seizures is the main reason...

13 Aug
Too Many Kids Getting Seriously Hurt Riding ATVs: Study

Too Many Kids Getting Seriously Hurt Riding ATVs: Study

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are a big draw for adventure-loving kids, but a new study warns that the thrill ride can often land children in the ER.

U.S. data shows that nearly 280,000 children were treated over a 25-year period for head and neck injuries caused by AT...

23 Apr
Reckless Driving on the Rise During COVID-19 Pandemic

Reckless Driving on the Rise During COVID-19 Pandemic

Sparse traffic on U.S. roads during the coronavirus pandemic has spawned a spike in speeding and other types of reckless driving, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) says.

Here are some examples.

Police in Colorado, Indiana, Nebraska and Utah ha...

07 Apr
Ride-Sharing Services Tied to Rise in Car Crashes

Ride-Sharing Services Tied to Rise in Car Crashes

Uber and Lyft are a convenient way to get around town and get home after a night of bar-hopping, but crashes involving cars and pedestrians haven't decreased, a new study finds.

These ride-hailing or ride-sharing services have made 11 billion trips in the United Sta...

07 Apr
Women Are Much Safer Drivers Than Men, British Study Finds

Women Are Much Safer Drivers Than Men, British Study Finds

If more women were hired for trucking jobs, the roads would be a lot safer, British researchers suggest.

That's because men, who hold most driving jobs, are more likely to drive dangerously. This puts other road users at risk, said lead researcher Rachel Aldred. She...

27 Feb
Record Number of Pedestrian Deaths Seen in U.S.

Record Number of Pedestrian Deaths Seen in U.S.

Walking on America's streets is getting ever more dangerous, a new report shows.

Based on data from the first six months of 2019, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) predicts there were 6,590 pedestrian deaths that year, which would be a 5% increase o...

23 Jan
More Lasting Damage From Gun Violence Than Car Accidents

More Lasting Damage From Gun Violence Than Car Accidents

Gun violence appears to deliver more long-term damage to survivors than car crashes do.

"Our study shows that injury, and especially firearm injury, casts a long shadow over the lives of those who survive," said study author Dr. Juan Herrera-Escobar. He is research d...

15 Jan
Pot-Using Drivers Still Impaired After the High Fades

Pot-Using Drivers Still Impaired After the High Fades

Even when they're not high on marijuana, recreational users of the drug display signs of impaired driving, a new study finds.

The findings may come as a surprise to many, said senior study author Staci Gruber, director of Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific ...

13 Jan
Climate Change May Translate Into More Fatal Injuries

Climate Change May Translate Into More Fatal Injuries

If climate change continues unabated, the United States should prepare for an increase in deaths from injuries, a new study claims.

Looking at data on injury deaths and temperature over 38 years, researchers found a correlation between unusually high temperatures and...

08 Jan
New Study Reports Alarming Surge in E-Scooter Accidents

New Study Reports Alarming Surge in E-Scooter Accidents

Electric scooter accidents are sending droves to emergency rooms -- especially young adults, a new study finds.

As e-scooters' popularity has exploded, so have injuries -- skyrocketing 222% between 2014 and 2018 to more than 39,000. Hospital admissions also soar...

12 Nov
Older Cyclists Prone to Injury: Study

Older Cyclists Prone to Injury: Study

More bicyclists on the road make cycling safer, but head and face injuries still occur, a new study finds.

From 2008 to 2017, even as the number of bike riders increased, the number of head and face injuries stayed steady, according to researchers from Rutgers New J...

28 Oct
Almost Half of Americans Have Been Sleepy Behind the Wheel

Almost Half of Americans Have Been Sleepy Behind the Wheel

Nearly half of American adults admit that they've fought to stay awake while driving, a new survey finds.

Of the more than 2,000 respondents, 45% said they'd struggled to remain awake while behind the wheel, while 48% said they'd never driven drowsy, accordi...

24 Oct
More Teens Learning to Drive in Safer Conditions

More Teens Learning to Drive in Safer Conditions

Could America's roads become safer in the future?

Maybe.

A new online survey involving just over 1,400 participants showed that a growing number of American teens are getting their driver's license before age 18, which means more of them are learning to dri...

24 Sep
Train Tracks Deadly for Kids, But Many Parents Underestimate the Danger

Train Tracks Deadly for Kids, But Many Parents Underestimate the Danger

Think the chances that your kid could be hit by a train are slim to none?

New research suggests you should think again.

Issued to coincide with "Rail Safety Week," the Sept. 23 report finds that, on average, a child dies of a train-related injury somewhere ...

03 Sep
Bans Not Keeping Drivers With Implanted Defibrillators off the Road

Bans Not Keeping Drivers With Implanted Defibrillators off the Road

One in three patients who have implanted devices for irregular heartbeats still drive, despite being banned from getting behind the wheel, a new Danish study finds.

It looked at more than 2,500 patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), which deliv...

30 Aug
E-Scooters Plus Drinking: A Fast-Pass to the ER?

E-Scooters Plus Drinking: A Fast-Pass to the ER?

Drinking and driving an electric scooter doesn't mix, according to a new study.

Researchers reported serious injuries like brain bleeding or fractures that have happened while riding an electric scooter (e-scooter). Alcohol and drugs were a factor in many of these cra...

29 Aug
Running Red Lights a Deadly Practice That's Becoming More Common

Running Red Lights a Deadly Practice That's Becoming More Common

Everyone has done it: breezing through a red light at the last minute. But a new report shows that deaths caused by drivers taking that chance are on the rise in the United States.

There were 939 people killed in red light running crashes in 2017, a 10-year high and ...

04 Jul
Don't Drink and Drive on the Fourth

Don't Drink and Drive on the Fourth

The Fourth of July holiday is one of the most deadly times on America's roads, so Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is urging everyone to avoid drinking and driving.

"Celebrating our nation's independence with backyard barbecues, fireworks displays and other festi...

16 May
Less Pain, More Car Crashes: Legalized Marijuana a Mixed Bag

Less Pain, More Car Crashes: Legalized Marijuana a Mixed Bag

If Colorado is any indication, the legalization of marijuana does not come without health hazards.

New research shows that while it led to a decline in hospitalizations for chronic pain, there were increases in traffic crashes, alcohol abuse and drug overdoses in the...