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Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) — Motor vehicle accidents don’t just impact the people involved, they also impact the economy, to the tune of just under $100 billion for medical care and injury-related productivity losses in the United States each year, according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday. That includes $3.6 billion annually toward injuries to children.

On average, each licensed driver in the Read the rest of this entry »

DETROIT ? Federal safety regulators said on Monday that they had received complaints alleging that 34 deaths were caused by unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles.

Since late January, when Toyota temporarily halted sales and production of eight models, saying their accelerator pedals could stick, consumers have filed reports about nine fatal crashes that they claim resulted from a Toyota accelerating out of the driver?s control. Read the rest of this entry »

Drivers who think other motorists pose the biggest hazard might want to think again — and pay more attention.

Single-car crashes cause most of the deaths on Delaware roads, and the large majority are blamed on distracted drivers, the AAA Mid-Atlantic mototists? group reported today.

Its analysis of newly released National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data on roadway statistics also shows such deaths are on the rise. Single-vehicle Read the rest of this entry »

Parents beware: Giving in to teens’ demands for their own cars can have dangerous consequences, new research suggests.

Teenagers with their own cars or free use of one are much more likely to get in crashes than those who share a car. And crashes are much less common among teens whose parents set clear driving safety rules.

The findings are in two studies by researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and funded by State Farm Read the rest of this entry »

BOSTON—A recent spate of traffic accidents in Massachusetts has intensified the debate about restricting older drivers, pitting legislators against advocates opposed to age-based curbs on mobility.

As the U.S. population ages, the number of licensed drivers over 65 is projected to double to nearly 57 million by 2030, or a quarter of all drivers. For years, states have wrestled with how to weed out those whose cognitive or physical impairments Read the rest of this entry »

For the most part, living in the suburbs means you have to drive. And driving, it turns out, is dangerous.

Don’t believe it? Apparently, we don’t.

Law enforcement and safety experts say that in general, we take driving for granted. In other words, we do it without properly acknowledging the hazards involved.

“People get lulled into this sense that they can drive well no matter what distractions exist,” said David Teater, senior Read the rest of this entry »