Since 2006, twenty-eight people have been killed by carbon monoxide poisoning. Some victims have left their cars running in the garage, which allows carbon monoxide gas to get into their homes. Another forty-five people have suffered debilitating injuries.
On January 10, 2018, a street racing crash killed two children and severely injured a woman in Cedar Park, Texas. The two drivers held responsible-21-year-old Blake Kirkpatrick and 18-year-old Hayden Hammer-were drag racing on the westbound lanes of West Whitestone Boulevard prior to crashing into the unfortunate family. Police said the two children, 1-year-old Daniel Chaudhary and 8-year-old Elijah Chaudhary, were pronounced dead on the scene. The biological mother to Daniel and stepmother to Elijah, Zara Salman, was severely injured and left with a life-altering brain injury. The collision occurred between a black 2008 Dodge Ram truck driven by Hammer and a 2016 Nissan Rogue driven by Salman.
Last week, two Florida teens were killed and another was injured when their Tesla Model S vehicle went off the roadway, struck a concrete wall and burst into flames. The single-vehicle crash happened in a residential neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with a posted speed limit of 35 mph. Both the driver and the front passenger, who was ejected from the vehicle, died at the scene. The rear passenger was also ejected from the vehicle and transported to the hospital following the crash. Although the incident is still under investigation, early reports from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Tesla indicate that the vehicle's speed, rather than the partial self-driving Autopilot system, was the key factor in the crash. According to Tesla, if the Autopilot system had been engaged, the vehicle's speed would have been limited to 35 mph or less in the residential neighborhood, which is inconsistent with eyewitness statements. Following the crash, the NTSB announced that they were sending four officials to investigate the fire that broke out after the vehicle hit the concrete wall.
On the night of January 23, 2017, Thomas "Tommy" Ketterhagen was reported missing by his family in Georgetown, Texas. He was last seen cycling on the shoulder of the road along the 2300 block of Patriot Way. After searching for him all night, his mother found his body and parts of his bicycle in the grass on the side of the road the next morning.
On the night of April 21, 2018, three teenagers on their way to see a movie were injured in an accident in Bryan, Texas. Two of the teenagers were pushing their stalled vehicle while the third one was steering it. A pickup was traveling in the same lane and struck the stalled vehicle and the two teenagers that were pushing it. The driver of the pickup was charged with two counts of intoxication assault.
Once again, a high speed police chase has led to a crash. This time, three vehicles were involved. The Houston Police Department reported that the wreck happened on Thursday, March 8, 2018 near the intersection of Crosstimbers and Lockwood. HPD has detained two people, but other details of this incident have not yet been released.
In the early morning of March 5, 2018, a tragic accident involving two vehicles took place in Bosque County, Texas. The accident occurred on State Highway 6 near Clifton and killed five people, including three children who were students at Valley Mills Independent School District.
When it came to the number of vehicle related fatalities in the United States, there was a slight improvement in the year 2017. However, 2017 was the second year in a row in which there were 40,000 or more fatalities on our roads. This staggering number is highlighting the fact that additional measures must still be implemented to keep our roads as safe as possible. It is well known that automotive manufacturers have done their part to keep passengers safe, introducing advanced safety features that drivers of the past could've only dreamt of. These features include collision warning systems, multiple airbags, and blind spot monitoring. With these improvements within the automobiles that we use, we should surely see a drastic improvement in the number of roadway fatalities, right? Well as mentioned previously, that is simply not the case.
According to preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council, approximately 4.7 million people were seriously injured and 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2017. These estimates are only slightly lower than figures from 2016. For nearly 100 hundred years, the National Safety Council has collected fatality data every month from all 50 states and the District of Columbia as well as the National Center for Health Statistics to ensure that deaths occurring on both private and public roadways are included in their estimates. The National Safety Council also tracks fatality trends. According to National Safety Council officials, an improved economy along with distracted driving, speeding, and failing to wear a seat belt are key factors impacting motor vehicle fatality trends each year. The National Safety Council's numbers differ from the official federal figures which will be released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) later this year. Unlike the National Safety Council, NHTSA's figures do not include fatalities on private roadways such as parking lots and driveways.
One of the first lawsuits involving the collision of a self-driving car and a human driver was filed in California. The accident happened in December in heavy traffic outside of San Francisco. The lawsuit claims a Chevrolet Bolt that was operating in autonomous driving mode suddenly veered back into the motorcyclist's lane, knocking him to the ground. At the time of the incident there was a backup driver behind the wheel of GM's vehicle.