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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.

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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.


Two Missouri Car Accidents Leave Five Injured

By John Page on March 3, 2010 - Comments off

According to an article posted on, five people were injured Sunday January, 9 on Interstate 29 two miles south of St. Joseph. Missouri Highway Patrol stated that four victims were taken to Heartland Regional Medical Center for treatment for moderate injuries. The fifth victim suffered minor injuries and was also taken to Heartland.

The first accident occurred on the northbound lanes of the highway when a 21-year-old man in a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am was driving faster than a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer driven by a 28-year-old man. Apparently, the 21-year-old man struck the rear of the Blazer. The Pontiac then overturned and went off the east side of the road before hitting a guardrail and landing on the passenger side.

In another case, a 21-year old woman driving a 1996 Honda Accord struck a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am, driven by a 21-year old man from Rosendale, on Highway 71 three miles west of Bolckow. The man suffered serious injuries and was taken to Heartland for treatment. He was later transferred to a Kansas City hospital. The Accord struck the driver’s side of the vehicle and ran off the northwest side of the highway, causing both vehicles to land in the median. Fortunately, all occupants of the two crashes wore seat belts.

Car accidents are altogether too common. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, you may have many questions regarding your legal capabilities. The experienced Missouri auto collisions attorneys at Page Law can help you learn your rights and achieve the compensation you deserve. Accidents like the ones above can lead to expensive medical bills and potentially years of suffering. Call Page Law today at (866) 620-5757 for a free consultation and to learn more about your legal rights.



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