Fraud Ring That Staged Car Crashes Cost Insurers $1 Million, U.S. Says

Nearly two dozen people have been indicted on charges related to the elaborate scheme, which took place from 2017 to 2020 in Washington State, the authorities said.

#automobile-insurance-and-liability, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #frauds-and-swindling, #informers, #justice-department, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #washington-state

Monkeys Escape After Truck Crashes on Pennsylvania Highway

The State Police said that a pickup truck with an enclosed trailer full of 100 monkeys had collided with a dump truck. Four escaped.

#monkeys-and-apes, #pennsylvania, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

West Virginia Reporter Is Hit by Car on Air, Striking Nerve With TV Journalists

TV reporters, responding to footage of a West Virginia journalist being hit by an S.U.V., said stations should be more careful about sending reporters out alone.

#charleston-w-va, #gray-television-inc, #news-and-news-media, #pittsburgh-pa, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #west-virginia, #workplace-environment

Reporter Is Hit by Car on Air, Striking Nerve With TV Journalists

TV reporters, responding to footage of a West Virginia journalist being hit by an S.U.V., said stations should be more careful about sending reporters out alone.

#charleston-w-va, #gray-television-inc, #news-and-news-media, #pittsburgh-pa, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #west-virginia, #workplace-environment

2 Marines Killed and 17 Injured in Seven-Ton Vehicle Rollover in North Carolina

The State Highway Patrol said that the driver of the tactical vehicle had been charged with one count of exceeding a safe speed and two misdemeanor counts of death by motor vehicle.

#marine-corps-base-camp-lejeune-nc, #north-carolina, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps

Facing a Shortage of Truck Drivers, Pilot Program Turns to Teenagers

A federal apprenticeship program will train thousands of new truck drivers who are as young as 18.

#infrastructure-public-works, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #transportation, #trucks-and-trucking

Winter Storm Latest: Thousands Left Without Power

On Monday, parts of Pennsylvania and New York State were expected to see the brunt of a winter storm that killed at least two in the South over the weekend.

#appalachian-region, #national-weather-service, #new-york-state, #northeastern-states-us, #pennsylvania, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #snow-and-snowstorms, #southern-states-us, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #weather, #wind

America Is Falling Apart at the Seams

Why are so many of us behaving so badly?

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #education-k-12, #firearms, #hate-crimes, #loneliness, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #national-highway-traffic-safety-administration, #philanthropy, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #united-states, #yglesias-matthew

Road Salt Works. But It’s Also Bad for the Environment.

The chemical is effective at keeping roads free of snow and ice, but it also has damaging consequences, according to a growing body of research.

#environment, #frontiers-in-ecology-and-the-environment-journal, #ice, #institute-of-ecosystem-studies, #lakes, #roads-and-traffic, #salt, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #water, #water-pollution

Dog Is Hailed as ‘Real-Life Lassie’ After Leading Police to Truck Crash

Two men lay unconscious on a frigid Vermont night until Tinsley, a Shiloh Shepherd, led the authorities back to the site of the wreck.

#animal-behavior, #animal-cognition, #dogs, #rescues, #shiloh-shepherd, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #vermont

I-95 Near Washington, D.C., Is Closed After Deadly Snowstorm

Drivers reported being stranded for hours as part of the interstate, one of the country’s busiest travel corridors, was shut down after accidents involving several tractor-trailers.

#interstate-95, #maryland, #national-weather-service, #new-jersey, #north-carolina, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #roads-and-traffic, #snow-and-snowstorms, #tennessee, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #virginia, #washington-dc, #weather

Colorado Trucker’s Prison Sentence Is Reduced by 100 Years

Gov. Jared Polis said the initial prison sentence given to the driver, Rogel L. Aguilera-Mederos, was “unjust” and “disproportionate” compared with sentences for violent crimes.

#aguilera-mederos-rogel, #colorado, #polis-jared-s-1975, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Tesla Recalls More Than 475,000 Cars Over Two Safety Defects

The recalls, which Tesla initiated on Dec. 21, affect about 350,000 Model 3s and 120,000 Model S cars.

#automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #national-highway-traffic-safety-administration, #recalls-and-bans-of-products, #tesla-motors-inc, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Crash Test Dummies Made Cars Safer (for Average-Size Men)

Designers and researchers are now trying to leverage cutting-edge technology to create a system that better protects every body, women’s included.

#automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #future-of-transportation, #law-and-legislation, #national-highway-traffic-safety-administration, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #research, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #women-and-girls

Why New York City May Soon Be More Walkable for Blind People

A federal judge ordered New York City to install more than 9,000 accessible pedestrian signals at city crosswalks.

#americans-with-disabilities-act, #blindness, #de-blasio-bill, #deafness, #disabilities, #new-york-city, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #transportation-department-nyc, #walking

Public Streets Are the Lab for Self-Driving Experiments

When the U.S. ordered companies to report accidents involving driver-assistance tech, Tesla was thought to be the motivation. But 108 companies were listed, showing how widespread the testing may be.

#automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #national-highway-traffic-safety-administration, #national-transportation-safety-board, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #tesla-motors-inc, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Prosecutors Move to Reduce 110-Year Sentence for Trucker in Deadly Crash

After Rogel Aguilera-Mederos was sentenced in connection with a 2019 crash in Colorado that left four people dead, a district attorney asked a judge to reconsider the lengthy punishment.

#aguilera-mederos-rogel, #amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #colorado, #crime-and-criminals, #denver-colo, #lakewood-colo, #mandatory-sentencing, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Millions Sign Petition to Reduce 110-Year Sentence for Trucker in Deadly Crash

An online petition says the 2019 crash in Colorado that left four people dead was a “tragic accident” and that the driver’s sentence should be adjusted.

#change-org, #colorado, #deaths-fatalities, #polis-jared-s-1975, #roads-and-traffic, #rogel-aguilera-mederos, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Power Outages Across Midwest After Storms

Hundreds of thousands of customers were without electricity after a powerful storm system swept across the central U.S. At least one death was reported.

#deaths-fatalities, #midwestern-states-us, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #tornadoes, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #weather, #wind

Fuel Tanker Explodes in Haiti, Killing Dozens

Around 40 people died in the blast, according to initial reports. It was the latest tragedy to hit the country, which has been rocked by political violence, natural disasters, poverty and hunger.

#explosions-accidental, #haiti, #henry-ariel, #joseph-claude, #politics-and-government, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Scuba-Diving YouTuber Finds Car Linked to Teens Missing Since 2000

A YouTuber who investigates cold cases found a missing Tennessee teenager’s car submerged in a nearby river. It is at least the fourth such discovery by amateur investigators in two months.

#computers-and-the-internet, #missing-persons, #sonar, #tennessee, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

49 Dead in Crash of Truck Carrying Migrants in Mexico

Dozens more were reported injured in the crash in southern Chiapas state, where many migrants regularly cross into Mexico from Central America.

#asylum-right-of, #central-america, #chiapas-mexico, #immigration-and-emigration, #mexico, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Tiger Woods Set to Play the PNC Championship With His Son

The golfer, who is still recovering from a serious car crash in February, has not competed in a tournament since he and his son, Charlie, last played in the family team event a year ago.

#golf, #pga-championship, #pga-tour-inc, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #woods-charlie-2009, #woods-tiger

Tesla Drivers Can Now Play Video Games Even With Car Moving

The feature raises fresh questions about whether Tesla is compromising safety as it rushes to add new technologies.

#automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #computer-and-video-games, #driver-distraction-and-fatigue, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #musk-elon, #national-highway-traffic-safety-administration, #national-transportation-safety-board, #tesla-motors-inc, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

The Health Toll of Poor Sleep

Finding that slumber sweet spot can be helpful for fending off a range of mental and bodily ills.

#anxiety-and-stress, #chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #driver-distraction-and-fatigue, #heart, #parkinsons-disease, #sleep, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Citi Bike Struggles to Keep Up With New Yorkers’ Love of Cycling

New Yorkers are biking much more since the pandemic, making it hard to find bikes and parking docks in some high-use neighborhoods.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #citi-bike, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #infrastructure-public-works, #new-york-city, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #transportation-department-nyc

Riding a Citi Bike? Good Luck Finding a Parking Spot.

New Yorkers are biking much more since the pandemic, making it hard to find bikes and parking docks in some high-use neighborhoods.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #citi-bike, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #infrastructure-public-works, #new-york-city, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #transportation-department-nyc

Newark Officer Hit a Pedestrian With His Car and Took Body Home, Prosecutors Say

Louis Santiago was charged with reckless vehicular homicide after being accused of hitting a man on the Garden State Parkway. Instead of calling 911, the off-duty Newark officer took the victim to his home.

#albert-guzman, #bergen-county-nj, #crime-and-criminals, #damian-z-dymka, #essex-county-nj, #garden-state-parkway-nj, #louis-santiago, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-department-newark-nj, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Bulgaria Bus Crash Kills Dozens

The bus, which had North Macedonian plates, caught fire on a highway, a fire official said.

#bulgaria, #buses, #deaths-fatalities, #republic-of-north-macedonia, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Five Dead After Driver Plows S.U.V. Into Holiday Parade in Wisconsin

Officials said dozens of people were struck after the vehicle sped down the street during the Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wis., near Milwaukee.

#murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #parades, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #waukesha-wis

Driver Plows S.U.V. Into Holiday Parade in Wisconsin

A witness said the vehicle sped down the street as the parade, in Waukesha, Wis., near Milwaukee, was going on. More than 20 people were injured, officials said.

#murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #parades, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #waukesha-wis

Solutions for the Shortage of Truck Drivers

Readers suggest guest workers, autonomous trucks, better work conditions and a relay race model.

#labor-and-jobs, #sexual-harassment, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #trucks-and-trucking, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries, #women-and-girls

Landslides and Torrential Rains Batter British Columbia

Dozens of drivers were trapped by landslides, and the city of Merritt warned of a “mass sewage backup.” The rainfall was part of a system that also pummeled Washington State.

#british-columbia-canada, #floods, #landslides-and-mudslides, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #rain, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #washington-state, #water-pollution

Sierra Leone Explosion Kills More and Strains Health System

Victims are still dying from injuries after a fuel tanker burst into flames last week in Sierra Leone, a country that has no burn units.

#freetown-sierra-leone, #sierra-leone, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Drunken-Driving Warning Systems Would Be Required for New Cars Under U.S. Bill

Congress attached the mandate to the $1 trillion infrastructure package that President Biden is expected to sign soon. It would take effect as early as 2026.

#automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #deaths-fatalities, #drunken-and-reckless-driving, #law-and-legislation, #mothers-against-drunk-driving, #national-highway-traffic-safety-administration, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #roads-and-traffic, #tests-sobriety, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Tanker Truck Explodes in Sierra Leone, Killing at Least 98

The truck first started leaking fuel and people had rushed to collect it, an official said. Many of them died in the blast, along with others nearby.

#deaths-fatalities, #explosions-accidental, #freetown-sierra-leone, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #sierra-leone, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

The Demand for Money Behind Many Police Traffic Stops

Busted taillights, missing plates, tinted windows: Across the U.S., ticket revenue funds towns — and the police responsible for finding violations.

#conflicts-of-interest, #fines-penalties, #ohio, #oklahoma, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #traffic-and-parking-violations, #virginia

Vanessa Bryant Tells of Kobe Bryant’s Death in New Deposition

Bryant was being questioned by a lawyer defending Los Angeles County in her lawsuit about the sharing of photos of human remains from the helicopter crash that killed nine people.

#aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #bryant-kobe, #bryant-gianna-2006-20, #bryant-vanessa-1982, #ciara, #deaths-fatalities, #helicopters, #los-angeles-county-sheriffs-department, #mamba-sports-academy, #monica-singer, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #villanueva-alex-1963

Sirens: Loud, Ineffective and Risky, Experts Say

The overuse of lights and sirens, combined with speeding, pose heightened risks to emergency responders and civilians. One expert called it a “public health dilemma.”

#ambulances, #dr-douglas-f-kupas, #dr-jeff-j-clawson, #ears-and-hearing, #emergency-medical-treatment, #noise, #roads-and-traffic, #sirens, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

How to Drive Safely When You’re an Older Driver

Safe driving is possible for many people in their 70s, 80s and beyond, provided they take steps to maintain their skills.

#aarp, #age-chronological, #american-automobile-assn, #automobile-insurance-and-liability, #automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #content-type-service, #deaths-fatalities, #elderly, #exercise, #eyes-and-eyesight, #insurance-institute-for-highway-safety, #loneliness, #longevity, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Lars Vilks, Known for Muhammad Caricature, Dies in Crash in Sweden

The artist, Lars Vilks, had been under police protection since 2010, after his sketch prompted widespread condemnation from Muslims. He was killed along with two bodyguards in a crash that the police said was an accident.

#art, #cartoons-and-cartoonists, #deaths-fatalities, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #muslims-and-islam, #sweden, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #vilks-lars

“Why Have Traffic Deaths Surged In N.Y.C.?”

Traffic deaths have surged this year to their highest level in nearly a decade. Officials blame an excess of reckless driving, but critics say the city has failed to make streets safer.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #drunken-and-reckless-driving, #kallos-benjamin, #lander-brad, #new-york-city, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #traffic-and-parking-violations, #transportation-alternatives

How to Escape Your Car in a Flood

Only a foot or two of water can sweep away everything from sedans to trucks. Experts urge drivers to avoid flooded crossings, and to remember a few steps in a crisis.

#automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #drownings, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #national-highway-traffic-safety-administration, #rescues, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #windows

One Broken Bone? You May Be at Risk for Another

Any fracture in an older woman or man, whether from a car accident or sidewalk slip, may be a sign you should have your bone health checked.

#age-chronological, #bone-fractures, #bones, #content-type-service, #diet-and-nutrition, #elderly, #falls, #jama-internal-medicine-journal, #men-and-boys, #menopause, #osteoporosis, #preventive-medicine, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #women-and-girls

The Cause of the Derailed Amtrak Train Remains Unclear

Five were still hospitalized on Sunday following the crash in Montana that killed three passengers.

#amtrak, #montana, #railroads, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Amtrak Derailment: At Least 50 Hurt in Montana, Official Says

The derailment, involving five cars of the Empire Builder train, happened near Joplin, Mont., on Saturday afternoon.

#amtrak, #derailment, #joplin-montana, #montana, #railroad-accidents-and-safety, #railroads, #rescues, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Resolution Reached in Case Between Harry Dunn’s Family and Anne Sacoolas

Anne Sacoolas was charged in the death of 19-year-old Harry Dunn in 2019, while she was a State Department employee. The police said she had been driving on the wrong side of the road.

#deaths-fatalities, #diplomatic-immunity, #dunn-harry-d-2019, #extradition, #great-britain, #sacoolas-anne, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

How to Prepare for (and Survive) a Flash Flood

Fast rising water can be deadly. Here’s what to do if you’re caught off guard, and how to prepare for a future event.

#content-type-service, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #floods, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #rain, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #weather

Why Everyone Should Care About Workers’ Rights

The impact of rotten jobs radiates far beyond the workplace.

#assn-of-flight-attendants, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #mcdonalds-corporation, #minimum-wage, #nursing-homes, #organized-labor, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #trucks-and-trucking, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #wages-and-salaries, #working-hours, #workplace-environment

New Jersey’s Stunning Storm Toll Includes Many Who Drowned in Cars

Hurricane Ida killed at least 25 people in New Jersey — more fatalities than in any other state — as the monster storm whipped its way onto the Gulf Coast and tore north to New England.

#bollwage-j-christian, #deaths-fatalities, #drownings, #floods, #hurricane-ida-2021, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #rain, #sterling-john, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #weather