Anyone out there remember Dead Man’s Curve, the 1964 song by Jan & Dean? A tragic story about teenagers drag racing. How many of you have seen Fast and Furious 1 through 7? People — ESPECIALLY YOUNG PEOPLE– (as well as Vin Diesel) don’t always appreciate the dangers associated with the operation of motor vehicles under even normal circumstances. That being said, it is more frightening to think about the possible outcomes of illegal drag racing. THINK ABOUT IT! Kids, who think they’re indestructible, racing cars at high rates of speed on public roads populated with unsuspecting drivers! Continue reading “Illegal Street Racing in Virginia”
“People are dying.”
Those are the words from a guardrail installer turned whistle-blower who brought a successful suit against Trinity Industries, a major guardrail manufacturer.
A Texas jury awarded $175 million against Trinity after Harman reported that the company secretly changed its federally approved product, rendering it unsafe. By law, the jury’s verdict was tripled, and earlier this year, the judge tacked on additional civil penalties of $138 million. Continue reading “Man Injured After Guardrail Reportedly Impales Car”
There is a lurking threat around every corner out there: TEEN DRIVERS! Teenagers between the ages of 15 and 24 represent as much as 30% of the costs of motor vehicle injuries. In addition, on a per mile basis, drivers between 16 and 19 are three times as likely than older drivers to be in a crash resulting in death.
Why are teenagers more dangerous drivers? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have explained some of the more notable reasons: Continue reading “Motor Vehicle Accidents Are the Leading Killer of Teens”