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Several complaints made against e-cigarette company Juul due to vaping illnesses

San Francisco e-cigarette company Juul has been under fire after an upsurge of vaping-related lung illnesses swept the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this resulted in approximately 2,711 hospitalizations and sixty deaths as of January 21, 2020. An investigation into Juul continues, due to its marketing practices that targeted children...

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Are pedestrian and bicyclist crashes really 'accidents?'

For nearly a decade, the United States has been grappling with a growing epidemic of pedestrian deaths. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, the number of pedestrian fatalities from 2010-2017 increased by nearly 39 percent. The numbers continued to climb in the years that followed. For example: in 2018, 6,227 pedestrians were killed in...

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Using a cellphone while driving will soon be illegal in Massachusetts. Here's what you should know.

How often do we see other motorists engaging in tasks that have nothing to do with driving? Whether it involves using a cellphone, eating, drinking, multitasking, or tuning a car radio, distracted driving is all around us. A recent study conducted by a smartphone driving platform, TrueMotion Inc., tracked the cellphone use of roughly 30,000...

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AAA: Pedestrian automatic emergency braking systems ineffective when needed

In recent years, vehicle technology has inched closer to a future previously only depicted in sci-fi movies. Things have come a long way, but more research and work must still be done to protect consumers and road users. Among the many emerging vehicle safety features coming standard in some new cars, automatic braking with pedestrian...

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One year after a tragic limo crash that killed 20, transportation officials seek strict regulations

Last year, we weighed in on the devastating limousine crash that killed 20 people in upstate New York. The crash involved a 2001 Ford Excursion stretch limo. The accident marked the worst catastrophe there since a 2009 plane crash that killed 49 people. According to previous reports, the driver of the limo wasn't properly licensed...

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Drowsy driving, limited visibility, and slippery roadways: these are the dangers of fall driving

It's that time of year again — the colorful foliage and fall festivities are in full swing. Like every season, however, fall has its own set of driving risks. Knowing the dangers that are just around the corner is the first step to being prepared. Here is what you should know. Drowsy driving will likely increase in...

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There are Still Crash Risks in Protected Bike Lanes in CT

Many communities throughout Connecticut have undergone roadway infrastructural changes that accommodate the growing number of bicyclists. As more residents of Connecticut enjoy the health and money-saving benefits of cycling, we are beginning to see an increase in conventional and protected bike lanes. While bike lanes may help protect bicyclists by separating them from traffic, they...

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