Cruise Controls? Self-Driving Cars and Personal Injury Law

In May 2016 a single car accident made headlines across the country. In Williston, Florida, 40-year-old Joshua Brown, who was behind the wheel of a Tesla Model S, crashed into a tractor trailer that was driving across the highway, perpendicular to oncoming traffic. The truck driver was not injured, but Brown was killed. What made this fatal crash especially noteworthy was that the Tesla had its Autopilot system Read More

5-Star Vehicle Rating System Getting Revamped to Bring It into Modern Age, DOT Says

DOT regulators recently announced that they are proposing some significant changes to the 5-Star Vehicle Rating system, also known as the New Car Assessment Program. These proposed updates, which are all intended to provide better safety information to consumers, will also reportedly bring the Rating system into the modern age. Here are some of the main changes regulators are proposing to the Rating system at this Read More

5 Things to Do if You Are Stuck on the Road in Winter

No matter how much you plan or how careful you may be on winter roads, things can go wrong, and breakdowns can happen. If you find yourself the victim of bad circumstance this winter season and you are stuck on the side of the road waiting for help, here’s what will be important to do in order to stay safe: Call for help if you can – If you have a charged cellphone on you, of course, this should be the first Read More

4 Steps to Preparing Your Vehicle for Safe Winter Driving

Winter conditions can impact the way your vehicle handles and operates, especially in freezing weather and/or when the roads are slick. To make sure your vehicle runs as it should in the harsh conditions of winter, here are some things to do now to prepare your car: Inspect and replace the tires if needed – Make sure you have at least 4/32” of tread for wet conditions and at least 5/32” of tread for snowy Read More

How to Assemble a Winter Safety Kit for Your Vehicle

Keeping a winter safety kit in your vehicle can help you if you are ever stuck on the side of the road during the harsh cold of winter (due to a crash, for instance). In fact, while a properly assembled kit can keep you (and anyone traveling with you) warm and safe, it may even help you contact help or get your vehicle up and running again. Here’s what is generally important to include in a winter safety Read More

8 Essential Winter Driving Preparation Tips from CDOT

Winter is right around the corner – and coming with it are the holidays, colder weather, and more challenging driving conditions. From traversing icy, snowy roads to potentially having to deal with road closures or even a winter breakdown, there can be a lot of additional things to be prepared for when it comes to winter driving. And, taking the time to prepare now can be the best way to protect yourself in the Read More

NHSTA 5-Star Vehicle Safety Rating System Updated to Including AEB Systems

By 2018, automatic emergency braking systems (AEB systems) will be included in the 5-Star Vehicle Rating System “as a recommended safety technology” for passenger vehicles made in 2018 (and beyond), officials at the National Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced. This update to the 5-Star Rating System was a foregone conclusion to some, as the NHTSA reportedly announced back in September Read More

3 Myths about Seatbelt Use Dispelled: What Everyone Should Know

The misconceptions about seatbelt use abound, and they often mislead people into forgetting or ignoring the importance of wearing their seatbelts. To elucidate just how effective seatbelts can be at protecting you whether you are a driver or passenger, below, we will discuss the facts behind some potentially harmful myths about seatbelt. Essential Facts about Seatbelts Myth 1 – I don’t need to wear a seatbelt for Read More

Are Driverless Vehicles the Future of Traffic Safety?

Self-driving vehicles are no longer just fantasies of film. They are being developed and tested by a number of companies, and some have predicted that driverless vehicles could: Be available commercially and prominently on the roads as soon as 2020 Reduce the incidence of traffic accidents – This is based on the fact that more than 90 percent of traffic accidents are caused by some type of human error (according Read More

Seat Belts in St. Louis: Your Best Bet Against Injury this Holiday Season

Seat Belts in St. Louis: Your Best Bet Against Injury this Holiday Season With the holiday season, we can expect our roadways to be busy as residents in the area will be shopping traveling, returning home from school, vacationing and visiting relatives. In fact, it's the busiest travel season of the year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belt usage among American drivers Read More