Whenever a forensic crash investigation has not been completed — something which typically takes many days — it is very unwise for anyone at a crash scene to speculate about the cause of the incident. It is not rare for things that look obvious to prove entirely inaccurate.Continue reading “The U.S. Media Needs to Follow Guidelines for Highway Safety Issues and Road Crash Reports”
It is a well-known fact that a mere handful of crash-types are the major killers on roads. These include impaired driving, distracted driving, drowsy driving, speed, vulnerable road users, and so on. However, although these are indeed the biggest issues, this is not the full story and it is regrettable that people aren’t made more aware of the many other factors and causes.
Eight European countries are now requiring drivers to create a “safety corridor” to allow emergency vehicles swift access to trapped and injured people at crash scenes on congested roads. This methodology could be a life-saver here in the USA, too.
Here we are again — the riskiest time of the year for having a collision with a deer on America’s roads — October, November and December.
Deer-strike collisions are stunningly common in the USA. It has been estimated that there are around 1.5 million deer killed in this manner every year.
In the 1960s, as a boy still at home with my parents, I started to see early road safety messages on British television, and key among these were film clips about not drinking alcohol and then driving.
The following decade, I joined the police — first in a three-year cadetship in which college played a major role, then as an officer. And during those early police years, I started to more fully understand the tragic devastation caused by people who drink alcohol before driving.
The video above is from 1978, my second year on Traffic Patrol
Because of the complexity of the subject, the finalized crash and casualty statistics for 2017 have just been released by NHTSA.
In that year, in the USA, there were an estimated 6,452,000 police-reported traffic crashes, in which 37,133 people were killed and approximately 2,746,000 people were injured.