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NHTSA Considers Expanding Crash Testing for New Vehicles

By John Page on January 31, 2013 - Comments off

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) is considering adding new kinds of crash tests to its overall testing of new motor vehicles, including tests in which vehicles hit objects at an angle, according to an article in Tire Business magazine. Adding tests would expand knowledge of a vehicle’s safety, but would also make it more difficult for manufacturers to earn five-star crash ratings for vehicles.

New Tests

NHTSA New Crash TestsThe new tests under consideration include a “small overlap” test, which examines what happens when the corner of the front bumper strikes an object, and an “oblique” test, which examines what happens when a vehicle crashes into an object at an angle. These tests would be added to the NHTSA’s current front-impact, side-impact, and rear-impact crash tests.

The “small overlap” test is likely to be similar to the one already performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), according to the NHTSA. However, the agency is working on creating a test that will meet the agency’s standards for the tests it already uses, including its ability to provide useful data to guide the NHTSA in rating and ranking motor vehicle safety.

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If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, you have certain legal rights – but you don’t have to fight for them alone. John Page is an aggressive auto accident attorney and can fight on your behalf to win the compensation you need and hold any negligent or reckless parties accountable for the harm they have caused. For a free and confidential consultation, call today at (314) 322-8515.


NHTSA Filed Over 650 Auto-Related Recalls in 2012

By John Page on January 22, 2013 - Comments off

Defective Car RecallsThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued over 650 recalls of motor vehicles, child safety seats, and other auto-related consumer products in 2012, affecting over 17.8 million vehicles and other products.

The NHTSA issued the year’s recalls after gathering information from a number of sources. One of the top sources of information about needed recalls, according to the agency, is consumer reports about defects or safety concerns in their vehicles.

In 2012, the NHTSA received 41,192 safety complaints related to vehicles, vehicle equipment, and child safety seats. This number is lower than the number of complaints NHTSA has received in previous years. For instance, in 2011 the agency fielded over 49,000 complaints, and in 2010 the number topped 65,000. The agency also gathers information from mechanics and dealerships, technical and trade publications, and auto-fan websites and clubs.

Even though the total number of consumer complaints dropped in 2012, the total number of vehicles and other items covered by the issued recalls increased to 17.8 million in 2012, up from 15.5 million the year before.

Auto-related injuries aren’t always caused by another driver’s negligence. Hidden defects in a vehicle or other item can also cause a crash or a serious injury. If you’ve been injured by a defective vehicle or auto product, don’t hesitate to call Attorney John Page at (314) 322-8515. Your call is free and confidential.


Federal Agency Proposes Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid, Electric Vehicles

By John Page on January 18, 2013 - Comments off

Hybrid and electric vehicles are popular because of their increased gas mileage and decreased contributions to air pollution. Because they run partly or entirely on electricity, they’re also much quieter than other vehicles – a situation that has decreased noise pollution but also poses a risk for pedestrians, bicyclists, and others on the road, as many skilled Missouri auto accident attorneys know.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has responded to this danger by proposing that hybrid and electric vehicles be required to produce a certain minimum amount of noise, helping visually impaired people, pedestrians, and others who share the road identify the vehicle’s approach even if they can’t see it.

The NHTSA’s proposed rules give automakers the flexibility to develop sound systems that fit the particular vehicles they sell, making it possible that different manufacturers will soon have distinctive sounds for their vehicles as well as distinctive designs and logos. The sound systems must, however, make it possible for a person to detect the location and direction of an oncoming hybrid or electric vehicle with enough accuracy to be able to make safe decisions about whether or not to cross the street.

The NHTSA estimates that 2,800 pedestrian and bicycle accidents in 2012 resulted from the pedestrian or bicyclist being unable to hear a hybrid or electric vehicle until it was too late. The proposed rules for sound systems in these vehicles were recently published in the Federal Register, and the NHTSA is accepting public comments on them until March 2013.


Drowsy Driving is All Too Common, Says Study

By John Page on January 7, 2013 - Comments off

Driving while drowsy or fatigued can cause serious injuries or even death, as too many experienced Missouri car accident attorneys have seen. Unfortunately, drowsy driving is also on the rise, according to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC study examined car accident data from 19 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, covering more than 150,000 drivers. It found that 4.2 percent of the drivers, or about 6300 of them, had admitted to falling asleep at the wheel within the past 30 days. Even more drivers admitted to driving while they were exhausted or worrying that they might fall asleep behind the wheel.

Men were slightly more likely to fall asleep at the wheel than women, and younger drivers were more likely to fall asleep than older ones, according to the results of the study. However, no sex or age group was immune to the dangers of drowsy driving or the risk of falling asleep on the road.

The CDC recommends that drivers try to get seven to nine hours of sleep before driving. Drivers who have trouble sleeping or don’t feel rested even after sleep should see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Avoiding the use of alcohol or medications likely to cause drowsiness can also help drivers stay alert and stay alive, according to the CDC. Finally, the CDC recommended that employers whose workers are on the job during nighttime or odd hours provide transportation or allow those workers to nap at the workplace before driving home.


Tips for Safe Partying this New Year

By John Page on December 20, 2012 - Comments off

New Year’s Eve is one of the most popular holidays on which to attend or host parties. Guests have a blast staying up to ring in the New Year and celebrate with family, friends, or jubilant strangers. Unfortunately, many injuries and even deaths may result from New Year’s Eve excitement that got out of hand.

If you’re planning to throw a party this New Year, here are a few ways in which you can protect your guests and help everyone ring in 2013 happily:

  • If you’re serving alcohol, plan ahead. You can help prevent a serious drinking and driving accident in MO this New Year’s by planning ahead. Avoid serving alcohol to minors, and stop serving alcohol altogether about an hour before you expect the party to end. If any of your guests appear too impaired to drive safely, contact a cab or a sober friend to drive them home, or offer them a place to “crash” for the night.
  • Prepare for bad weather. Winter storms can easily strike over the New Year. Help protect yourself and others from car accident injuries by checking the weather forecast before you head out and by packing a winter safety kit in your vehicle. If storms are forecast, consider staying home or choosing a celebration closer to home.

The auto accident injury lawyers in St. Louis of Page Law encourage all Missourians to celebrate safely this holiday season. However, if the negligence of another driver causes you harm, don’t hesitate to contact a skilled member of our legal team for assistance in getting the compensation you need to recover. Call (314) 322-8515 for a consultation.


Progress Continues on Federal Requirement for “Black Box” Recorders in Motor Vehicles

By John Page on December 12, 2012 - Comments off

“Black box” event data recorders (EDR) have been standard in many vehicles sold in the United States for several years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) currently requires most, but not all, passenger vehicles to have EDRs installed. The regulation may soon be expanded to cover all light vehicles, pending the NHTSA can figure out how to handle the privacy concerns.

The journey toward requiring EDRs in all vehicles completed another step recently, as the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its review of the new NHTSA regulations. The next step in the process is for the NHTSA to release finalized regulations.

The quest to require EDRs in all passenger vehicles hit a roadblock in 2010, when Congress discussed a law requiring the devices but never passed one. Several auto manufacturers who sell vehicles in the U.S. supported the idea, but were concerned that Congress would require more complex or costly devices than were then being used.

Today, the primary concern surrounding EDRs is privacy. While the data the “black box” collects during a crash can help automakers create safer vehicles, regulations need to control for driver privacy issues, say automakers. Most car companies currently use EDR data only with the permission of the vehicle’s owner.

If you’re injured in an auto accident, the zealous Missouri auto accident attorneys at Page Law can fight with you to defend your legal rights and secure the compensation you need. Call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a free case evaluation or use our online Contact Form for assistance.


Department of Transportation Launches Largest-Ever Connected-Vehicle Crash Reduction Study

By John Page on December 10, 2012 - Comments off

Vehicle to Vehicle TechnologyThe U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) recently announced that it is launching the largest study to date of crash avoidance technologies that work by sending communications between vehicles to help them control their speed and distance from one another. Crash avoidance technology is key to preventing or reducing the severity of the types of car accidents commonly handled by Missouri auto accident attorneys.

The project, which is headquartered at the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will use about 3,000 cars, trucks, and buses on Ann Arbor streets.

Each vehicle is equipped with wi-fi technology and sensors that allow the vehicles to communicate with one another and with surrounding buildings. The vehicles trade information to warn the drivers of upcoming hazards, such as an obstacle in the road or a vehicle approaching a blind intersection at a high rate of speed.

The vehicles have volunteer drivers, who will use them for one year while the USDOT gathers data on the usefulness of the communication technology. Currently, these cars, trucks, and buses don’t drive themselves; the drivers are still in full control of each vehicle and use information provided by the wi-fi sensors to learn more about the surrounding environment and perhaps to avoid accidents.

The purpose of the study is to examine how the communication technology works in real-world driving conditions and whether it helps real drivers commute with a higher rate of safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) predicts that as many as 80 percent of accidents could be avoided if every vehicle is equipped with communication technology.


NHTSA Study Aims to Improve “Tween” Seat Belt Use

By John Page on November 27, 2012 - Comments off

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently launched a campaign to improve the use of seat belts among “tweens,” the age group from 8 to 15-years-old. Seat belt campaigns have recently been aimed at younger children, who need safety seats, and older teens, who are driving for the first time. Now, the NHTSA is also taking aim at the age group in the middle.

Tween Seat Belt CampaignThe study involved over 14,000 students ages 8-15 as well as parents. Children were shown educational videos and other information about such tween seat belt-related issues as sitting in the back seat, remembering to buckle up, and using the lap and shoulder parts of the seat belt properly. Researchers measured seat belt use among tweens both before and after the various educational and media interventions.

The study found that, after learning about the importance of buckling up, seat belt use among tweens rose as much as 20 percent, with riding in the back seat for tweens rising 23 percent. By the end of the study, 90 percent of tweens were wearing seat belts when the driver of the vehicle was also wearing a seat belt.

Seat belt use is a simple way to prevent or reduce the risk of many types of car accident injuries. If you or someone you love is injured in an auto accident, the tireless auto accident attorneys in St. Louis at Page Law can help you fight for the compensation you need and hold any negligent parties accountable for their actions. For a free consultation, call us today at (314) 322-8515.


State Farm Survey Finds Drivers Still Think Distraction is a Problem

By John Page on November 20, 2012 - Comments off

State Farm Insurance recently released the results of its 2012 survey of nearly 1,000 drivers. The survey asked drivers about distractions behind the wheel, including whether drivers used their cell phones or other mobile devices while driving and what they thought about the state of distracted-driving laws in the U.S.

Survey Distracted DrivingWhen compared to last year’s survey results, the 2012 survey revealed that while texting and talking behind the wheel are going down, “webbing,” or checking the Internet while driving, is going up. Nearly 50 percent of those surveyed admitted to checking e-mail, reading social media sites, or even updating their Facebook or Twitter as they drove. This habit was highest among young drivers, ages 18-29, although a significant number of drivers in their 30s admitted to both checking e-mail and talking on the phone while they drove.

About 75 percent of those surveyed thought that state laws banning or limiting distractions behind the wheel – including texting and handheld cell phone use – were a good idea. About two-thirds, or 66 percent, said they didn’t think states were doing enough to enforce the distracted driving laws they already have. Also, about 45 percent strongly supported technology that would prevent texting or talking on a handheld device by a driver.

Distracted driving needs only a few seconds to cause catastrophic injuries or even take a life. If you’ve been seriously hurt by a distracted driver, the St. Louis County distracted driving accident lawyers at Page Law can help you fight to hold any negligent parties accountable for the harm you have suffered. Call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a confidential case evaluation.


Car-Bus Crash Leaves Southwest Missouri Students with Minor Injuries

By John Page on November 14, 2012 - Comments off

An accident between a school bus and a car in southwest Missouri left several students with minor injuries and required hospital attention for the drivers of both vehicles, according to an article in St. Louis Today.

The Missouri school bus collision between the car and the bus caused moderate injuries to both the bus’s driver and the driver of the car, according to Springfield, Missouri police officers. Both were transported to local hospitals for treatment, and both are expected to recover from their injuries.

The fifty students on the bus, third-graders at Marshfield Elementary School in Springfield, included several who were also taken to local emergency rooms for treatment. Several of them suffered minor injuries, which were treated before the students were released to their parents. The school district arranged for another bus to transport the remaining students back to the school, cutting short their planned visit to the Discovery Center.

Bus accidents are less common in Missouri than collisions between two cars, and accidents involving school buses are even less common. However, when a car collides with a school bus, serious injuries can occur both to those on the bus and those in the car. In a serious crash, some of these injuries may even be fatal.

Car accidents don’t always injure those in other cars. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and occupants of vehicles like buses may also suffer injury when a crash occurs. If you’ve been injured in an auto accident of any kind, the Missouri auto accident attorneys at Page Law are on your side. Call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a free, confidential consultation.


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