Styling trends and the need for improved aerodynamics may be increasing the danger of accidents that occur while vehicles are backing up. The blind zones behind a vehicle are areas of great risk. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 221 deaths and 14,000 injuries are caused by back-over crashes every year. The blind zones behind many of the vehicles being produced today are larger than in older vehicles. One possible solution that has been discussed is the use of backup cameras.
The National Transportation Safety Board made recommendations this week based on its findings concerning aviation accidents. The recommendations are directed toward the group with the highest rate of aviation accidents and fatalities in the flying community-the pilots of small, homemade aircraft. These pilots suffer an accident rate that is twice the general aviation average, and suffer three times as many fatalities as other flyers. The data concerning homemade aircraft prompted the NTSB to make recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as the Experimental Aircraft Association. The goal is to improve safety while maintaining the benefits enjoyed by the flying enthusiast.
Holidays are often accompanied by an increase in dangerous driving. Drinking and driving may be the most notorious of holiday traffic problems, but countless serious car accidents are caused by people running red lights and committing other moving violations. According to a study by the National Coalition for Safer Roads, Memorial Day weekend may be the most dangerous time of year for drivers. The number of drivers running red lights increases by more than 27 percent on this weekend than on non-holiday weekends. The result of these traffic violations is an increase in fatalities and serious injuries occurring at intersections all over the country.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is a group committed to protecting the public from a wide array of unsafe consumer products. In 2011, the organization took aim at dangerous elements common in children's clothing: drawstrings. The use of drawstrings in hooded sweatshirts, sweaters, jackets, shirts and pants intended for children can pose a serious danger to children. Drawstrings can get caught in vehicle doors, playground equipment, escalators and other objects leading to serious injuries and even death. If a drawstring gets caught, a child can be drug, choked or otherwise harmed by their clothing.
In 2009, more than 7,000 fatal accidents occurred at intersections or were intersection-related, according to the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration. That equaled more than 20 percent of the total fatal motor vehicle accidents that year. Intersection safety is a major area of concern all across the country, particularly in more congested places such as Chicago.