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January 2019 Archives

Distraction grows as cell phone habits change

A recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study reveals that drivers distracted by cell phones are becoming an increasingly serious problem in South Carolina and around the country. After observing motorist behavior in four Virginia communities in 2014 and then again in 2018, researchers from the nonprofit group did not see a significant increase in cell phone use. However, they did notice that drivers were using their phones in much riskier ways.

FMCSA records rise in fatal CMV crashes in 2017

Fatal commercial motor vehicle crashes went up in 2017, according to the latest research by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. While there were 3,193 fatal CMV crash deaths in 2009, that number was 5,005 in 2017. The number of truck occupants killed also rose between those two years from 499 to 841. However, South Carolina residents should know that the majority of fatalities in both years were occupants of passenger automobiles.

Motorcyclists at risk on the road

South Carolina motorcyclists face serious risks on the road, even when they try their best to stay safe. Their level of exposure to the elements and significantly heavier vehicles mean that a crash can be catastrophic. While many people love the freedom afforded by bikes, they can come with serious risks. First, the behavior of others on the road can escalate the danger for motorcyclists. Two-thirds of the crashes that involve other vehicles involve the other car or truck violating the motorcycle's right of way.

Report says truck driver caused accident that killed five kids

Residents of South Carolina may be interested in a report about a five-vehicle accident that killed seven people on I-75 in Florida earlier in January. Investigators have found that a truck driver involved in the accident is likely to have caused the chain reaction when he moved out of his lane into the path of an oncoming car.

AAA study focuses on the distractions of infotainment systems

In a recent AAA survey, 70 percent of U.S. adults expressed a desire for new vehicle tech like infotainment systems. However, these systems come with features that are not only irrelevant to driving in South Carolina but also distracting. University of Utah researchers conducted a study for AAA that focused on 30 infotainment systems on new 2017 cars. The automakers represented included Honda, Toyota, Ford, Dodge, Audi and Tesla.

Tips to keep farm workers safe

In 2016, 417 workers in the agricultural industry lost their lives at work. Furthermore, there are roughly 100 injuries per day to workers in this sector in South Carolina and throughout the country. That is according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Accidents are most likely to happen during times when workers are rushing to get a job done or during an emergency such as tending to a sick animal.

Contract workers face electrocution risks

Construction workers in South Carolina may face significant risk when working with electricity, especially as contract workers. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NPFA), a significant percentage of contract worker fatalities on the job come as a result of electrocution. Contract workers are differentiated at construction sites by operating as self-employed independent contractors or employees of another firm subcontracted for the job. In total, 13 percent of electrocution fatalities at construction sites happened to contract workers.

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