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Eric T. Chaffin

San Francisco Motorcyclist Claims GM Self-Driving Vehicle Caused His Accident

On January 22, 2018, a California man filed a new lawsuit against General Motors in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiff claims that he suffered serious injuries to his neck and shoulder after colliding […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Texas Couple Sues State Farm Alleging Insurer Encouraged Shoddy Repairs

Who controls how your vehicle is repaired after an accident? You might think that you do, or that your body or mechanic shop does, but that may be an incorrect assumption. A Texas jury recently sided with the plaintiffs—who had […]

Patrick Booth

Study: Reduce Roadway Deaths, Increase National Income

According to a recent World Bank report, about 1.25 million people die on the world’s roads every year, and another 20-50 million are seriously injured. On top of that, road traffic injuries “are the single largest cause of mortality and […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Safety Council Warns About Distracting Danger of New In-Dashboard Apps

Despite all the concern about distracted driving, our vehicles are becoming hubs of interaction. General Motors (GM) has been at the forefront of adding technology to their vehicles, and one of their latest additions is called “Marketplace.” The National Safety […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Argo Self-Driving Vehicle Involved in Recent Pittsburgh Crash

In August 2017, Argo AI started testing its self-driving vehicles in the city of Pittsburgh. On January 9, 2018, one of those vehicles was involved in a traffic accident with a box truck. Two people were injured and sent to […]

Eric T. Chaffin

People Drive Distracted, Even While Believing It’s Dangerous

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that distracted driving claimed 3,477 lives in 2015 alone, and injured nearly 400,000. They add that during daylight hours, about 660,000 drivers use their cell phones while driving, creating an “enormous potential […]

Eric T. Chaffin

NHTSA Reports Significant Increases in Pedestrian/Motorcyclist Fatalities

How safe are you when you’re on the road—if you’re not in your car? According to a recent report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), not safe enough. In their 2016 fatal crash data report, the NHTSA revealed […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Most Parents Fail to Attach Child Safety Seat Tether Straps

Parents are improving in their use of child car safety seats. According to a September 15, 2017 press release from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), more parents are putting their infants and toddlers in the proper child safety seats. […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Safety Advocates Call for Stricter Distracted Driving Guidelines

Our vehicles have seat belts, airbags, anti-lock brakes, and other safety features, but according to the National Safety Council (NSC), such features may not be enough, particularly considering the growing problem of distracted driving. The Centers for Disease Control and […]

Eric T. Chaffin

New Study Reports Texting is the Most Dangerous Cause of Distracted Driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that distracted driving claimed 3,477 lives in 2015 alone. The agency’s definition of distraction encompasses anything that diverts the driver’s attention away from driving, including talking or texting on a cell phone, […]