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Blog Archive - December, 2020

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New Year’s Eve Driving Safety Tips from AAA Carolinas

December 30, 2020

CHARLESTON, SC- People around the world are getting ready to celebrate the New Year, and AAA wants them to do so without putting themselves and others at risk on the road, according to ABCNEWS4.COM.  A spokesperson for the organization warned Carolinians to avoid kicking off 2020 with a tragedy.*

New California Law Prompted By the Tragic Kobe Bryant Accident

December 30, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA - According to, California Governor, Gavin Newsom, approved new legislation making it illegal for first responders to take unofficial photographs of people who have been killed in a crime or accident.  The release of unofficial pictures of the victims' bodies in the tragic Kobe Bryant helicopter accident inspired the legislature to craft the new law.

MADD and Law Enforcement Launch New Campaign to Deter Impaired Driving

December 28, 2020

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is teaming up with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation Office of Highway Safety and state and local law enforcement agencies to reinforce the message that accidents caused by drunk drivers are 100% avoidable. The team is honoring victims of drunk drivers to raise awareness of their message. 

The "Be Seen!" Safety Campaign May Prevent Pedestrian Accidents

December 28, 2020

Homer Police Ask Pedestrians to Help Avoid Pedestrian Accidents By Being Seen in "Be Seen!" Safety Campaign

Homer, NY - According to an online news article, a concerned citizen and a severe pedestrian accident have inspired the Homer Police Department to launch its "Be Seen!" pedestrian safety campaign.  The "Be Seen!" campaign is designed to remind pedestrians how to "Be Seen!" by drivers in hopes of reducing pedestrian accidents in the community.  The campaign's format provides helpful tips that pedestrians can use to minimize their risk of sustaining an accident while walking, running, and biking.

Fatal Tesla Model X Accident in South Korea Initiates a Government Probe

December 25, 2020

According to a motor vehicle accident news report on and other websites, a preliminary investigation was launched by South Korea's Transport Safety Agency investigation into the cause of a fatal Tesla electric vehicle accident.*  A Tesla Model X rammed into a parking lot wall and burst into fire.  The designated driver and an employee for the apartment complex where the accident occurred were injured.  The designated driver stated to law enforcement officers that the Tesla drove out of control and suddenly accelerated automatically and without reason. 

Positive Train Control (PTC), a Life-Saving Rail Technology, is Still Not Implemented Nationwide

December 22, 2020

In 2008, U.S. lawmakers passed the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008.  The act included a requirement to implement new rail safety technology called Positive Train Control (PTC).  The Positive Train Control was supposed to be in place nationwide by 2015.  However, the completion deadline has been delayed twice.  The revised completion date is December 31, 2020, but the project is significantly behind schedule. 

Acrobats Receive a $52.5 Million Settlement in Negligence Lawsuit

December 22, 2020

According to a news story published on, two acrobats received a personal injury settlement of $52.5 million.  The insurers will pay the multi-million dollar settlement.  The two performers were severely injured when the "chandelier-like" suspension apparatus they were suspended from collapsed due to alleged negligent safety practices by the circus staff.  

Car Accident Experts Discover Quality Headlights Are an Important Safety Feature to Save Lives

December 21, 2020

FLORIDA - According to an online news report published on, a new report published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) states that more and more automakers are beginning to realize that quality headlights save lives. The study reports that although safety and design features help save lives during motor vehicle collisions, visibility at night is essential in preventing collisions. 

Montlick & Associates Reviews How the IIHS' Award Criteria Pressures Auto Manufacturers to Improve Headlight Quality

December 21, 2020

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), several auto manufactures stepped up the quality of their 2021 headlight offerings. The IIHS is a nonprofit scientific organization committed to decreasing accident-related injuries, deaths, and property damage.  Each year, the IIHS conducts tests and surveys to determine which automobiles offer the best overall safety.  

Tragic, Fatal Paper Mill Industrial Accident in Franklin, Virginia (VA)

December 19, 2020

According to an online news report published on, a worker was tragically killed in a workplace accident that occurred at the International Paper mill located in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.*  Law enforcement officers are currently investigating the fatal accident that occurred around 9 pm at the International Paper mill in Franklin, Virginia. 

More Than One Dozen Motor Vehicles Are Involved in an I-80 Accident in Oil City, Pennsylvania

December 19, 2020

According to an online news report published on, Interstate 80 eastbound was shut down in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, from the New Castle Exit 4A (Interstate 376 eastbound) to Mercer Exit 15 (Route 19) after several motor vehicle collided.* A driver for a local towing company stated that at least twelve motor vehicles were involved in the Interstate 80 crash.

A Sunland Employee Dies After Working Nearly 100 Days Without a Day Off

December 18, 2020

According to an online news report published on, a female employee for Sunland in Marianna, Florida, has passed away in an accident that might have been caused by exhaustion brought on by allegedly working 85 days without a day off.* The woman's union representative believes her death was partially caused by exhaustion. 

Volkswagen Tiguan Seat Belt Defect "Would Seriously increase the Risk of Serious Personal Injury or Death"

December 14, 2020

According to a news report published on CARSCOOPS.COM, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted crash tests on two 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan compact sport utility vehicles three years ago.  The test evaluated the overall crashworthiness of the compact sport utility vehicle.  NHTSA also tested the vehicle's standard safety equipment, including airbags, seat belts, anti-lock braking systems, and other accident safety equipment.  One test resulted in the driver's side seatbelt rupturing.

USDOT Releases its first Pedestrian Safety Action Plan

December 14, 2020

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) released the agency's first Pedestrian Safety Action Plan. The plan is designed to reduce the number of pedestrian injuries and fatalities on America's roads. The action plan will be implemented and managed by both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and overseen by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) agencies. 

Reckless Driving is Contributing to Sharp Rise in Fatal Accidents in 2020

December 08, 2020

According to an online new report, the number of fatal car accidents in 2020 has been steadily rising. The number of fatal accidents in 2020 is surprising, considering that traffic volume has been significantly lower due to the coronavirus pandemic. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) may have provided the answer as to why there are more fatal crashes with fewer motor vehicles on the roadways. According to, the number of drivers engaging in speeding and other forms of reckless driving is up, and this could be leading to more fatal collisions. 

Harden Street Corridor in Five Points Has the Most Pedestrian Accidents in South Carolina

December 07, 2020

South Carolina - According to an online news report, recent South Carolina Department of Transportation studies state that the Harden Street corridor in Five Points has the largest amount of pedestrian and bicycle accidents in South Carolina. There are many safety improvements ready to be implemented in Five Points that will improve pedestrian and bike safety. Because of those numbers, changes are being made.

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