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April 2019 Archives

Self-driving vehicles require further testing

According to a recent Rand report, self-driving cars in South Carolina and throughout the country would need to drive millions, or perhaps billions, of miles before they are truly considered safe vehicles. News reports issued during the past several years have suggested that self-driving cars will reduce traffic congestion and car accidents. However, self-driving vehicles may not have ample safety controls to warrant their so-called preventive features.

Leading causes of serious workplace injuries

Both employees and employers in South Carolina can be affected by workplace injuries. To emphasize this fact, a leading insurance company has come up with an annual list of the top causes of serious work-related injuries. "Serious" injuries were defined as those that caused an employee to miss five or more days of work. Injuries were also categorized by direct costs to employers and by key industries.

2017-2018 Nissan Rogues found with defective AEB

South Carolina residents with 2017 or 2018 model Nissan Rogues should be aware that many of these vehicles have been found with defective automatic emergency braking systems. In March 2019, the Center for Auto Safety, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization, recommended a formal investigation into the false activation of AEB on 2017-2018 Nissan Rogues. There have been more than 800,000 such cases.

Passengers in modern pickups have higher risk for injury, death

South Carolina residents with modern pickup trucks should know that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has been conducting crash tests on these vehicles. Since 2012, it has been conducting small overlap front collision tests for the driver's side, and it started to test the passenger side in 2017. It turns out that passengers in these pickups are more liable to suffer injury or death than drivers.

IIHS tests reveal pickup truck accident vulnerabilities

Many vehicle buyers in South Carolina choose pickup trucks with two rows of seats because they offer an attractive combination of practicality, durability and value, but a recent series of crash simulations conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests that they do not do a very good job of protecting their passengers in a crash. The Virginia-based nonprofit group put small and medium-sized pickup trucks manufactured by Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Nissan and Honda to the test, and only the Dodge Ram 1500, Ford F-150 and Nissan Titan were found to provide good protection to passengers in front-side collisions.

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