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May 2018 Archives

3 anti-accident car safety features you should know

Cars, in many ways, are safer than they have ever been. Modern technology has, thankfully, made it easier to avoid accidents and stay safe on the road. You likely notice that car ads commonly tout a plethora of novelty new safety features. Which of these are worth the investment, and what should you know about them? The following are a few examples of features that are becoming common in cars. Even the safest car in the world, though, is susceptible to the dangers of the road.

FMCSA publishes report on 2016 truck crash trends

While safety measures and technology have kept truck crash fatality rates relatively low for the past two decades, there is still a lot more to be done. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 2016 saw a 3 percent increase in fatal truck crashes. This came down to 233 more deaths and 139 more large trucks involved in accidents. North Carolina motorists want to know more about the common factors in these accidents.

New wearable tech could improve workplace safety

Workers across North Carolina are probably aware of the risks they face on the job site, including slip, trip and fall hazards. Many incidents are unforeseeable, which is why workers' compensation claims are costing employers in the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars each year. However, a new device from an Iowa-based software company could help improve workplace safety as well as streamline workers' compensation procedures.

The rise of e-commerce raises warehouse safety questions

Many consumers in North Carolina and around the country avoid retail malls and choose to do most of their shopping online, and the resulting rise of e-commerce and companies like Amazon has led to a noticeable surge in warehouse and fulfillment jobs. This has concerned workplace safety advocates because warehouse workers are more likely to be killed or injured while on the job than workers in other sectors, and e-commerce companies have a reputation for placing great pressure on their employees to work quickly.

Study shows texting and driving peaks in afternoon

Drivers in North Carolina who are concerned about the widespread threat created by texting and driving should know about a recent study conducted by app developer Drivemode. After reviewing one year's worth of text messaging data that was captured by one of its Android apps, the company stated that the peak time for drivers to text is during the afternoon rush hour, between roughly 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Coalition aims to reduce deaths on the road

For many drivers in North Carolina, the road can be a dangerous place. In 2016, 37,461 people lost their lives in U.S. roadway accidents. This was 5.6 percent more than the year before. However, a coalition of 675 experts, government agencies and industry participants is working to change this. The Road to Zero Coalition aims to reduce traffic deaths to zero by the year 2050. In a report issued in April, the coalition lays out the steps it recommends to help improve safety on American roads.