National Safety Council News

Traffic Down 25%, Motor Vehicle Fatalities Down 8% in May During Lockdowns

Preliminary estimates indicate that deaths from motor vehicle accidents fell in May but the death rate per miles driven jumped considerably. According to the National Safety Council, it was the third month in a row when there were fewer deaths …

Roads Are Emptier But Riskier During Coronavirus Quarantine. Fatality Rate Up 14%.

As Americans have been driving less and covering fewer miles, the emptier roads have become more lethal. Preliminary data from the National Safety Council indicate a year-over-year 14% jump in fatality rates per miles driven in March, in spite of …

Groups Seek Consensus on What to Call Newfangled Driver Assistance Technologies

Four consumer and safety organizations—AAA, Consumer Reports, J.D. Power and the National Safety Council—are urging all organizations, automakers and the media to adopt standardized naming for advanced driver assistance technology in an effort to reduce confusion. They say the use …

Motor Vehicle Accident Fatalities Decline

The four-year upward trend in motor vehicle deaths that began in 2015 is ebbing, with the number of fatalities in the first six months of 2019 dropping 3% compared to the same six-month period in 2018. Preliminary estimates from the …

Assaults Are Among Most Common Cause of Workplace Injuries for Women

Women suffer 70 percent of all nonfatal assault-related injuries involving days away from work and are disproportionately impacted by other safety issues, according to an analysis by the National Safety Council. The number of women who incurred assault-related injuries at …

Traffic Fatalities Again Top 40,000; Few Cars on Roads Have Latest Technology

Traffic fatalities on U.S. roads reached an estimated 40,000 in 2018, the third year in a row in which at least that many people died in vehicle crashes, according to new figures from the National Safety Council. The 2018 total …

Opioid Memorial in Houston as Part of Nationwide Tour

The National Safety Council on Monday made Houston the sixth stop on a nationwide tour of its exhibit, Prescribed to Death: A Memorial to the Victims of the Opioid Crisis, by unveiling the display inside the George R. Brown Convention …

Tired Employees Common in Industries Using Shift Work

More than two-thirds (69 percent) of employees are tired at work, increasing the risk of injuries and incidents on the job, according to the National Safety Council. Many of these fatigued employees work in the construction, transportation, manufacturing and utilities …

New York Governor Says Limo That Crashed Shouldn’t Have Been on the Road

The supersized limousine that crashed and killed 20 people outside a country store failed a safety inspection last month and shouldn’t have been on the road, and the driver wasn’t properly licensed, New York’s governor said Monday. The state moved …

U.S Traffic Fatalities Dip Slightly in First Half of 2018

Preliminary estimates indicate a leveling off of the recent upward trend in motor vehicle deaths, with the number of fatalities in the first six months of 2018 dipping just slightly – less than 0.5 percent – from six-month 2017 estimates. …