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Mounting Safety Concerns Surround Common Train Tanker Cars

Trains are transporting more and more ethanol from heartland corn farms to far away markets. But after a catastrophic ethanol explosion this summer, major concerns are piling up regarding the type of train car used to transport the flammable substance.

NFL funds brain injury study with a $30 million grant

The residual effects of mild traumatic brain injuries have received increasing scrutiny over the past few years. Perhaps in response to mounting criticism of football-related head injuries, the NFL gave a $30 million grant to the National Institute of Health this week. The money will fund a study of the long term effects of brain injuries.

A smart solution to teens' smart-phone driving distractions?

Distracted driving is becoming an increasingly notorious source of roadway dangers and teenagers are particularly likely to focus on phone distractions while driving. Although it only takes a moment of distraction to cause a serious car accident, teenagers frequently switch their attention to a phone.

Part 2: Reno National Air Race Crash--$77M Fund Established

Earlier this week we discussed the NTSB investigation into the causes of last year's tragic National Championship Air Race crash. This week also saw the creation of a $77 million fund to compensate the wrongful death and catastrophic injury victims of that crash.

Part 1: Reno National Air Race Crash--NTSB Announces Findings

Nearly one year ago, a horrific crash at an airplane racing event killed 10 spectators and injured more than 70 more. This morning the National Transportation Safety Board announced the long-anticipated findings of its investigation, concluding that several factors played a role and contributed to the enormous number of deaths and catastrophic injuries.

GPS Unit Leads Driver Straight Into Accident

A story in this week's Los Angeles Times reminds us that GPS units are potentially dangerous products, especially if drivers do not listen to the unit's instructions with a bit of skepticism and common sense. On Thursday, a man drove his car off of a ferry in Alaska and listened to the instructions of his car GPS unit while doing so. The GPS told the man to make a right turn when leaving the ferry, and the man did -- driving straight into the harbor.

Bumbo baby seats recalled after infant head injuries from falls

Bumbo International Trust, the company that makes the Bumbo baby seat, has recalled 4 million Bumbo seats in the U.S. after dozens of reports that babies fell out of the seats, 19 of whom suffered skull fractures. The company, based in South Africa, says that parents and caregivers that own the seats can order a repair kit for free that contains a restraint belt and a sticker that warns against placing the seats anywhere but on the floor. The repair kits can be ordered online on the company's website.

California Cyclists Who Wear Video Cameras May Be Better Protected

It is becoming a growing practice for cyclists to wear head-mounted video cameras on their commutes in California and around the country. Wearing a camera can offer a cyclist extra protection in the case of an accident with a motor vehicle. Reviewing the recording after a bicycle accident can help discover what or who caused the accident. If a driver leaves the scene of the bicycle accident, the recording can help to find the driver. These cameras work like the "black boxes" in planes that help investigators figure out why a crash occurred after the fact.

California Heat Can Be Deadly For Children Left in Cars, Part 2 of 2

As discussed in the previous post, preventable child heatstroke tragedies occur far too frequently. The ongoing heat wave in Los Angeles means that more children may be in danger for heatstroke death if they are left in vehicles in these extreme temperatures.

California Heat Can Be Deadly For Children Left in Cars, Part 1 of 2

The heat wave in Los Angeles has been putting pressure on the power grid and also causing dangerous conditions for older people and for outside exercise. Another danger that comes with extreme heat is the heatstroke that can occur if children are left in vehicles. The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to raise awareness of the tragedy that can result from leaving a child in a hot vehicle.

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