A rising tide lifts all boats. But will the autonomous vehicle revolution lift everyone in our transportation system? It depends, according to a recent report published by The Greenlining Institute, an Oakland based public policy advocacy organization. The report, titled "Autonomous Vehicle Heaven or Hell? Creating A Transportation Revolution that Benefits All" provides an in-depth analysis of the benefits, costs, policy issues, and solutions for the self-driving industry becoming a mainstay in our rapidly changing society. In the last decade, the rapid development of self-driving technology and autonomous vehicles has introduced a new set of rules for the road.
For decades Detroit, Michigan, has been dubbed the epicenter of automotive innovation. In fact, more than 70 percent of U.S. automotive R&D occurs in Michigan. Currently, Michigan ranks number one in the nation in connected and automated vehicle projects. With more than 2,500 mobility-related patents awarded in Michigan over the past five years, the state continues to lead the industry in autonomous technology innovation. Consequently, it is no surprise that Detroit hosts the annual North America International Auto Show (NAIAS), which serves as the global stage for companies to debut new vehicles and innovations in automotive technology.
A collision involving an 18-wheeler and an SUV occurred on February 19, 2017. This wreck ultimately took the life of the driver of the SUV. Due to the severity of the damage, it was not until two days later that the driver's body from the SUV was identified to be that of 20-year-old Alexander Jones. Mr. Jones was a member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and held the position of Command Sergeant Major for the Combined Aggie Band. He was also going to be the Commander for the Combined Aggie Band for 2018.
While everyone knows car insurance covers the car, most people are not aware that the car insurance can cover medical bills. There are two parts to an insurance claim for a car wreck. The first part is a property damage claim that involves the damage done to the vehicle. The second part is a bodily injury claim that involves injuries sustained by the people in the vehicle.
Family members and loved ones are mourning the loss of a person whose name has not been released. The individual was killed in a fatal collision during rush hour this rainy morning. The incident occurred on the outbound side of U.S. 59 near Kirby, and it reportedly involved a pedestrian at the southbound ramp. The crash happened shortly after 6:00 a.m., snarling morning traffic. At this time, additional details have not been provided by authorities.
Texas safety guidelines exist and mandate that protective barriers should barricade concrete bridge posts that are less than 30 feet from the freeway road. Not only does this safety precaution exist, it is often not adhered to in different locations throughout Texas. On numerous occasions, these precautions have been taken only after the loss of a life. Is death what is required to increase safety?
Garrett William Nee, 29, appeared in court to face charges of murder and manslaughter stemming from a police chase that occurred on June 19, 2016. He pleaded not guilty.
An accident involving an 18-wheeler killed a child and seriously injured a woman near Sealy yesterday. The truck hit a bridge located on Highway 36 at Highway 90, causing it to collapse. The truck had just dropped off a dumpster when it approached the bridge with the boom still raised. The truck hit the warning device that hangs over the roadway to alert drivers that they may hit the bridge. The warning indicators were struck, but the truck didn't stop. It hit the bridge with such force that it knocked off a section of concrete and dislodged the steel beam.
People on today's roadways are constantly confronted with hazards. Whether it is a distracted driver, an improperly maintained vehicle or weather conditions, the danger of a serious accident is ever-present. Fortunately, there are state and federal guidelines designed to help reduce the risk of serious injury and death in a crash. For example, Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) guidelines suggest that guardrails should be installed at certain locations. Guardrails are designed to flex and catch cars, redirecting them into the roadway, which can often reduce the likelihood of serious injury and death.
Fatalities caused by drivers in traffic collisions, crashes, and other incidents have risen to a rate not seen in fifty years. Estimates from the National Safety Council reveal deadly crashes rose by nearly eight percent in 2015, claiming the lives of roughly 38,000 people. However, many groups, which include federal officials and state and local leaders, do not want these incidents referred to as "accidents" anymore. These groups feel the word trivializes the most common cause of traffic collisions: human error.