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Fatigue a Factor in Accidents

Increasingly, the issue of human fatigue is making headlines as a serious factor in transportation accidents. In December of 2013, a Metro-North commuter train derailed in the Bronx, New York. As the train rounded a curve prior to reaching the station, its speed was well beyond the recommended limit for that part of the track…. Read More »

Sun in a Box: FDA Issues Sunlamp Warning

Recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) upped the warning level on tanning beds and sunlamps. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates approximately 13,000 people each year die of skin cancers. A leading cause of skin cancer is exposure to ultra-violet (UV) radiation. Emanating from our daytime star, the sun, everyone is exposed to… Read More »

The Drive for Data: Automobile Black Boxes

Will an increase in automobile defects drive manufacturers toward new and improved event data recorders for motor vehicles? Consumers are reeling from recent recalls by General Motors, Toyota, Nissan and Ford. While these recalls may be a symptom of corporate fear of liability rather than responsibility, the recalls do warn motorists of dangerous defects built… Read More »

FDA Reduces Recommended Initial Dose of Insomnia Drugs

In an attempt to decrease instances of impaired driving, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently lowered the starting dose of the sleep aid Lunesta. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies lack of sleep as a public health epidemic. Sufficient rest is essential in order to perform complex tasks like driving… Read More »

Multi-Car Crash Injures Five in Asheboro Construction Zone Accident

Five people were injured in Asheboro when a motorist failed to slow for a construction zone. Fatalities occur each year in North Carolina road construction zones. Motorists, passengers and construction workers are in danger when traffic bottlenecks in a construction zone. In late May, five people in four vehicles were involved in an accident on… Read More »

Nest Smoke Alarms Recalled

Manufacturers of Nest smoke alarms ceased selling their popular smoke alarms recently due to safety concerns. So-called smart devices are spreading throughout our culture and into our homes. Nest Labs, manufacturer of Nest Protect smoke alarms, discovered their device might be a little too smart. Nest Labs offers home automation products that allow consumers to… Read More »

NHTSA Finalizes New Rule to Reduce Backing Accidents

Hoping to address the alarming frequency of backing accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently finalized a rule to improve rear-view visibility in new cars. Backing accidents unnecessarily take hundreds of lives each year. Those demographics most vulnerable to being hit by a backing car are senior citizens and children under five years… Read More »

Blood Thinner Lawsuits Settle for $650 Million

In May, the manufacturer of a popular blood thinner agreed to settle approximately 4,000 lawsuits for an estimated $650 million. The anti-coagulant dabigatran, brand name Pradaxa, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010. Pradaxa is prescribed to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in patients with non-valvular atrial… Read More »

GM Recall Continues to Make News

The delay of General Motors (GM) in revealing a deadly ignition switch defect continues to trouble consumers and regulatory agencies. After a slow rolling recall picked up speed in February of this year, GM continues to address the growing scandal surrounding vehicle defects it denied for years. At the center of the crises is a… Read More »

NTSB Makes Recommendations on Truck Safety

Citing the rising death toll associated with accidents that involve passenger vehicles and large trucks, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently made recommendations to promote safety and reduce the number of crashes on American roads. The consequences of an accident between a semi-truck and a smaller vehicle can be horrific. With its speed and… Read More »

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