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Why are crash test dummies gaining weight?

Crash test dummies are being remodeled to represent the most common drivers and passengers. Essentially, they are gaining weight, just like many ordinary citizens who are struggling with their weight. But when it comes to crash test dummies, what designers may learn in terms of keeping larger drivers (and passengers) safe is crucial.

According to a recent ABC report, Humanetics, the only U.S. provider of crash test models, will begin providing figures that are patterned after a 270 pound person with a body mass index of 35. Before this, crash test dummies were patterned after people who were 167 pounds. 

NHTSA issues stern warning about airbags

Despite the number of recalls initiated in 2014, they are actually a relatively common part of doing business for automakers. In fact, they have a continuing legal duty to conduct recalls when they discover (or should have discovered) dangerous defects that could put consumers in danger. If an automaker fails to notify consumers or initiate a recall, it could be held liable if a driver (or passenger) is injured in a crash caused by the defect.

Against this backdrop, it is expected that a number of automakers will call for their vehicles to be brought back to dealerships across the United States after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a warning calling for owners of cars with Takata Corporation airbags to immediately bring their vehicles in so that faulty airbags can be replaced. 

Car surfing leads to man's death

Car surfing is not for the faint of heart. The notion of riding on the roof or the trunk of a moving car is something that professional stuntmen would practice for a scene in a movie. However, an 18 year-old-man has passed away after a car surfing incident in western Wisconsin.

According to report, the man fell off the vehicle and suffered multiple head injuries. Police indicate that the man went home after the accident and explained that he had been assaulted by several people at a local high school. Upon going to the hospital, doctors found that his injuries were not consistent with an assault. Instead, they were the types of injuries that would be sustained in a car accident

Pedestrians must be careful after daylight savings time ends

If it feels like the days are getting shorter, it’s not just you. In a little more than two weeks, daylight savings time will end; essentially putting most people in hibernation mode until next March. While it is a sign that winter is coming, it is also a warning that pedestrians may face additional dangers. After all, the time change will mean that more people will be commuting (and more pedestrians walking) while it is dark.  

It may go without saying, but the risk of pedestrians getting hit by cars (and motorcyclists) increases because they are harder to see at night. So what can pedestrians do to protect themselves? This post will highlight some helpful tips.

Why it is important to deal with road rage

You’ve been cut off in traffic. The idiot in front of you now must have seen you. More importantly, they nearly caused an accident. This really upsets you and you feel like giving him or her a piece of your mind. So you jerk the wheel around and try to pull alongside of the culprit and roll down your window to get ready to scream.

Unfortunately, this scenario probably plays out on American roads countless times per day. The other unfortunate fact is that it sometimes manifests itself in road rage; violent acts that arise from benign traffic inconveniences or discourteous behavior. 

GM to start compensating those injured in ignition switch crashes

As the fall driving season begins in earnest, more drivers are likely to be on the roads to take in tours of the fall colors, and to get back and forth from football games across the state. In a prior post we highlighted the potential dangers that drivers may face as the seasons change. In light of the natural hazards that may befall drivers, many believe that there are still many mechanical dangers that are still unaddressed. 

Wal-Mart denies liability, says lack of seatbelts led to injuries

Wal-Mart recently filed an answer to the complaint filed by Tracy Morgan and several other people hurt in the June accident with a truck owned by the retail giant. It claimed that Morgan and his entourage were not wearing their seatbelts, and that this lapse of judgment essentially led to their injuries. In its pleadings, Wal-Mart claimed that if the injured parties were wearing proper safety restraints, their injuries could have been “diminished or minimized.”

Fall hazards Wisconsin drivers should be aware of

In a prior post, we noted how the fall weather can lead football fans to be on the highway during the season, and how drowsy driving can be dangerous during that time. With this post, we focus on additional hazards that can come about because of the change in weather and other factors that are apparent during the fall.

Drivers across Wisconsin should be aware of the following hazards.

Why drowsy driving may be dangerous during the fall

While the summer driving season has officially ended, football season across Wisconsin keeps drivers on the road during fall weekends. At this time of year, law enforcement officers are undoubtedly looking to keep drunk drivers off the road because of the hazard to the general public. However, it is worth wondering if the same attention is paid to drowsy drivers.

After all, it is reasonable to assume that drowsy drivers are equally as dangerous to the driving public as drunk drivers.  This is ostensibly why there are federal hours of service regulations that limit the number of time that commercial truck drivers can be behind the wheel. But since these rules do not apply to non-commercial drivers, the potential for accidents involving sleepy drivers is worth paying attention to. 

Why uninsured motorist coverage is important

Let’s face it, insurance coverage commercials are the most entertaining on television. From Aaron Rodgers’ encounter with Hans and Franz, to the Geico pig and Gecko, car insurers appear as if they are more concerned with entertaining viewers to make a name for themselves rather than advertising the beneficial aspects of their policies.

This is likely because insurers understand that a large majority of consumers will only purchase the minimum amount of coverage allowable, which in the state of Wisconsin is $10,000 for property damage, $25,000 for the injury or death of one person, and $50,000 for the injury or death of more than one person in a vehicle.