1. National Patient Safety Board Could Prevent Deaths from Medical Errors, Advocate Says

    Despite recent improvements in medical care and tracking, hospital and medical errors still lead to as many as 400,000 deaths each year. A recent government report noted that hospital-acquired conditions have dropped 17 percent between 2011 and 2013, saving as many as 50,000 lives. However, medical errors remain the third leading cause of death in the United States – which means that more work r…Read More

  2. AAA Study Finds Senior Drivers Support Tougher Driving Rules

    A recent study by the American Automobile Association (AAA) found that U.S. drivers ages 65 and up are more likely to disapprove of unsafe driving behaviors and to support tougher driving rules and penalties for drivers who break the law. Eighty to 90 percent of the senior drivers surveyed favored tougher driving rules and laws even when those laws would restrict their own driving behavior. Accord…Read More

  3. Colorado Drivers Ranked 11th Worst in the Nation

    For once, missing out on the Top 10 isn’t so bad – but the numbers still tell a tough story: Colorado drivers are some of the worst with Colorado recently ranked the 11th worst state in the nation for driving, according to an analysis of national driving statistics by the website Car Insurance Comparison. The rankings were based on statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Adm…Read More

  4. Government Urges Quicker Repairs on Jeeps Recalled for Risk of Fires in Crashes

    Federal regulators are unhappy with the rate at which Chrysler is addressing its Jeep recall to address fuel tank issues, calling efforts by the automaker to install new trailer hitches on older Jeep models “woeful” and telling leaders at the company to “get their act in gear.” After initially resisting requests from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for a recall o…Read More

  5. Could Drivers Be Addicted to Texting Behind the Wheel?

    According to a recent survey commissioned by AT&T as part of its "It Can Wait" campaign, approximately three-quarters of drivers admitted to texting while behind the wheel – despite 98 percent of those surveyed knowing that texting while driving is one of the most dangerous forms of driver distraction. The study revealed that many drivers are simply too addicted to their cell phones to stop …Read More

  6. Study Finds Drowsy Driving Poses Bigger Threat Than Previously Thought

    According to a recent study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drowsy driving poses a bigger threat than earlier studies may have led us to believe. Estimates from the latest report show that drowsy driving is responsible for more than 6,000 deaths per year. Drowsy driving also contributes to as many as: 21 percent of all collisions resulting in a fatality within 30 days from the …Read More

  7. Colorado Joins States Banning Potentially Dangerous Guardrail Systems

    Colorado has joined 30 other states in suspending installation of Trinity Industries’ ET-Plus guardrail systems over concerns that they malfunction in car crashes, piercing the front of vehicles and slicing through their interiors. On Oct. 20, a federal jury found Trinity had defrauded the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The company was ordered to pay the federal agency $525 million for v…Read More

  8. Distracted Driving Blamed for Pileup on I-25 in Fort Collins

    Colorado State Patrol (CSP) says that the driver who crashed into slowing traffic at highway speed on Interstate 25 in Fort Collins wasn’t paying attention due to an in-cabin distraction. He is also being investigated for drug and alcohol use. According to Fox 31 Denver, a white Ford pickup traveling south bound on I-25 shortly before 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 failed to brake for traffic that …Read More

  9. 7.8 Million U.S. Vehicles Now Affected by Takata Air Bag Recall

    Federal safety officials are urging owners of certain automobile makes and models with defective airbags made by Japanese parts maker Takata Corp. to “take immediate action” by taking their vehicles to a car dealership for evaluation. Takata Air Bag Recall According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) consumer advisory, nearly 8 million BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Moto…Read More

  10. Voice Controls Don’t Solve Driver Distraction, AAA Study Finds

    Many people believe voice-control systems are a safer option for dialing a cell phone, texting, changing the radio station and performing many other tasks behind the wheel of a car. However, these hands-free technologies may not be as safe as they seem. According to a recent report from AAA, a large number of the hands-free voice controls marketed in vehicles as “safety features” are not provi…Read More