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Workers’ Compensation Insurers Face Rise in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Although there has been an overall decline in workers’ compensation claims, the frequency of claims for motor vehicle accidents has increased in recent years. According to the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) in a new report, these accidents can …

Half of Parents Use Cell Phones While Driving with Kids in Car

About half of parents talk on a cell phone while driving when their children between the ages of 4 and 10 are in the car, while one in three read text messages and one in seven use social media. A …

Females More Likely Than Males to Engage in Distracted Driving

People who text while driving are six times more likely to be involved in a car crash while those who talk on a mobile device while driving increase their crash risk more than two times. Yet many drivers are still …

Colorado Campaigns Aim at Curbing Vehicle-Pedestrian Deaths

Twice in a week this month in unrelated collisions, cars barreled into pedestrians on East Colfax Avenue, in Aurora, Colorado, killing one man and seriously hurting another. And investigators say those two crashes are far from outliers. They’re part of …

Pricing Insurance to Reflect Distracted Driving Risk

Insurance companies are finally putting a price on the risk of distracted driving, and it’s relatively cheap. Last year, a ticket for using a mobile phone while driving added $226 to the average insurance policy, an increase of 16 percent, …

Safety Worry: Keeping Humans In and Around Autonomous Vehicles Engaged

After partially faulting Tesla Inc.’s automation system for a 2016 fatal crash, U.S. safety investigators last year called on carmakers to do more to ensure drivers stay engaged as next-generation cars start to steer themselves. Since then, the National Transportation …

State-by-State Study Shows Drivers Are Texting More Despite Bans

If you’re driving right now, it’s far more likely you are reading this on your phone than you would have been a year ago. Despite a harrowing surge in traffic fatalities, American drivers appear to be getting worse at avoiding …

The Lowdown on Distracted Drivers

What’s Distracting You? This week I added Driving to Distraction, by Esurance, to IJ’s Research & Trends as a resource for discussion around driver safety, whether with family members or clients. The study involved research of over 1,000 drivers with …

Study Suggests Pedestrian Fatalities May be Linked to Smartphone, Marijuana Use

For the second year in a row, nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. in 2017, according to projections from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), which further suggests the high numbers could be linked …

Texas Sees Increase in Auto Fatalities in 2017

More than 3,700 people were killed on Texas roadways last year marking a 10 percent increase in traffic deaths from 2016, according to data from the Texas Department of Transportation. The Insurance Council of Texas reports that since 2010, traffic …