NHTSA Survey Finds 660,000 Drivers Using Cell Phones or Manipulating Electronic Devices While Driving At Any Given Daylight Moment


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Friday, April 5, 2013
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Motorists are urged to put down their electronic devices and focus on driving during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today released new survey results that show that Americans continue to use electronic devices while driving, despite warnings that it causes their own driving to deteriorate and can lead to crashes, injuries and even death. The new data are being released at the start of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

The new data include statistics from the 2012 Distracted Driving Attitudes and Behaviors Survey and the 2011 National Occupant Protection Use Survey on Driver Electronics Use, as well as the 2011 Distraction Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data. All three reports are being highlighted in the premier issue of NHTSA’s SAFETY 1N NUM3ERS online monthly auto safety…

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Three Minors Injured in Drunk Driving Crash on OR99E

Portland Accident News

Date: April 6, 2013
Location: Oregon 99E
Names: Jennifer B. Lemen, Hugh A. Averette

An argument between a passenger and a driver resulted in a vehicle colliding with a house on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

Police report that Jennifer B. Lemen, 32, was traveling on Oregon 99E in her Ford Explorer with passenger Hugh A. Averette, 33, and her three children, ages 5 to 9 (names not released). At some point during the trip, Lemen and Averette began to argue and Averette grabbed the steering wheel. Lemen then lost control of the vehicle; it flipped over and left the roadway. It then collided with a house on the side of the road. While the home did suffer foundation and structural damage, no one inside was injured.

Both Lemen and Averette are facing charges for the crash. Averette was arrested and booked into the Marion County jail under charges relating to…

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Man tries to run over teens, witnesses beat up driver


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OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s street justice; a reckless driver found himself in a world of hurt this week.

It all started when the suspect, Eric Miller, allegedly jumped the curb and tried to run over a group of teens at an apartment complex in far northeast Oklahoma City.

Before the police arrived, that suspect got beat up by an angry mob of witnesses.

“It was just crazy; I’m still a little shook up from it,” Alishia Lee said. Street justice suspect

Lee’s nephew and a few other boys were standing in the lawn when they said a 43-year-old highly-intoxicated driver jumped the curb and tried to run over them on purpose.

“He said, ‘I’ve got something for y’all’,” teen Deondre Street said. “He could have killed us. He was driving straight for us and we all ran.”

The teens, including Street, escaped the driver without being hit but several witnesses then took…

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Find the fault first: Pedestrian Accidents are not always Car Driver’s fault



With over 100,000 pedestrian accidents annually, road of the US cannot be called safe for people. Around 50% of the people die due to pedestrian accidents other get injured. The extent of the injuries can range from minor injuries to brain injuries, broken bones, and complete disfigurement, temporary or permanent disablement. Who is at fault?   

The pedestrian can be at fault too, but most commonly the fault lies with the car driver who is in charge of controlling the vehicle and can save, if possible, the pedestrian from injury. When a child runs in front of a speeding car and is too close to the vehicle, generally the fault lies with the child as at that particular instance, the driver is unable to stop the car or the panic situation might force the driver to act otherwise. Whatever the case may be, the fault needs to be ascertained and…

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