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Climate change will lead to fewer traffic accidents
Climate change will lead to fewer traffic accidents in West Midlands, UK. Research from the University of Gothenburg estimates climate change to decrease the number of days with temperatures below zero degrees in West Midlands. It will also reduce the number of traffic accidents -- and the need for winter road maintenance may decrease by almost 40 percent. (2010-02-14)

Tractors rolling over is top cause of agricultural deaths
The people in Spain at greatest risk of suffering farming accidents are those aged over 65, followed by people under 16 and people from outside the agricultural sector. These are the results of a study by the Public University of Navarre, which shows that most of these deaths are due to people being crushed by tractors. (2011-01-14)

Roe deer more likely to be run over at nightfall on a Sunday in April
Traffic accidents involving wildlife are on the rise in Europe. The establishment of a time pattern for the accidents could be useful for increasing safety and preventing human and animal deaths. On the basis of this objective, a team of researchers have established at what time, on what day of the week and in which month accidents involving boar and roe deer are most likely to take place. (2013-04-23)

Subclinical epileptic bursts in the brain may affect patients' driving
Epileptic discharges in the brain that are unaccompanied by obvious clinical signs are regarded as subclinical or interictal. A new study found that such bursts can prolong the reaction time and increase virtual accidents of patients taking a car driving computer test. (2016-04-07)

Consortium in place to advance coach safety
The Cranfield Impact Centre have been asked to join a new European consortium set up to research and improve legislation surrounding coach and bus safety. This is a further example of Cranfields campaign to increase the safety of transport. (2000-03-28)

Antidepressants, sleeping pills and anxiety drugs may increase driving risk
Drugs prescribed to treat anxiety, depression and insomnia may increase patients' risk of being involved in motor vehicle accidents, according to a recent study, published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. Based on the findings, the researchers suggested doctors should consider advising patients not to drive while taking these drugs. (2012-09-12)

No evidence that California cellphone ban decreased accidents, says Colorado University Boulder researcher
In a recent study, a researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder found no evidence that a California ban on using hand-held cellphones while driving decreased the number of traffic accidents in the state in the first six months following the ban. (2014-07-17)

Mathematical model forecasts fewer workplace accidents in 2011 and 2012
The number of workplace accidents in Spain will fall progressively over 2011 and 2012, according to the predictions made by a mathematical model developed by researchers from the University of Castilla-La Mancha. The biggest drop will be in the number of accidents that take place during travel between people's homes and places of work. (2010-12-21)

One Third Of Children In Road Traffic Accidents Develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
In a study of 119 children involved in road traffic accidents during 1997 and published in the BMJ, Dr Paul Stallard and colleagues from the Royal United Hospital in Bath reveal that one third were found to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. (1998-12-11)

Moses baskets are a potential health hazard
Moses baskets may pose potential health risks to babies, suggest researchers in this week's BMJ. Within two months in 2000 they encountered three cases of babies falling out of such baskets after an accidental slip of the handles, two of which resulted in skull fractures. (2001-11-15)

Zero tolerance, zero effect
Darren Grant says zero tolerance laws have zero effect. In a paper forthcoming in the journal Economic Inquiry, he analyzed data from 30,000 fatalities in nighttime accidents involving drivers under 21. (2009-09-16)

Study: Tradeoffs between commute time, safety
Urban commuters may be less likely to encounter automobile accidents if they are willing to increase trip time, researchers report. A new study from the University of Illinois introduces a tool that helps quantify the connection between traffic accidents and city road networks. (2019-10-22)

MIT Portugal Ph.D. student wins the Road Safety Innovation Award by ACP
Francisco Duarte, a Ph.D. Student in Transportation Systems of the MIT Portugal Program at University of Coimbra, was honored today with the first prize at the initiative promoted by Automóvel Clube Portugal in a partnership with BP Portugal, National Council of Rectors and National Innovation Agency. The 10 000€ prize will later be invested in the venture's prototype and is currently under construction. (2016-12-09)

Livestock also suffer traffic accidents during transport
A Spanish study has analyzed traffic accidents involving cattle being transported for human consumption in the country for the first time. Despite the (2011-05-13)

Canadian waters getting safer, but research gaps limit full understanding of shipping risks
The workshop report, 'Commercial Marine Shipping Accidents: Understanding the Risks in Canada,' identifies the risks of commercial marine shipping accidents across Canada's regions and for different cargo types, while highlighting gaps in understanding and areas for further research. (2016-04-28)

Study: Media rarely notes when alcohol plays role in violent crimes and accidents
The news media seriously underreport the role alcohol plays in violent crimes, injuries and traffic accidents, according to a new national study. While alcohol is believed to play a role in about one-third of homicides and fatal motor vehicle accidents, media reports linked alcohol to specific accidents or crimes significantly less frequently. (2006-10-23)

Young male cyclists are the most likely to die after being involved in a traffic accident
Scientists analyzed the government records of 50,042 cyclists involved in traffic accidents in Spain between 1993 and 2009. (2015-09-11)

A statistical technique identifies all possible causes of severity in a traffic accident
Researchers from the University of Granada have created a system to enable a much more accurate analysis of severe accident injuries. The results of the study have been published in the latest volume of the journal, (2013-04-02)

Technical inspections of vehicles prevent 170 fatalities per year
Technical Inspections of Vehicle (Inspecciones Técnicas de Vehículos - ITV) prevent 170 fatalities per year, nearly 11,000 injuries and at least 11,000 traffic accidents. This is the conclusion reached by the study (2013-05-13)

Work related deaths have almost halved in 20 years
Deaths in England and Wales from injuries and diseases caused by work have almost halved in 20 years, indicates research published online in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. (2010-07-19)

Why traffic accidents with cyclists are becoming increasingly more common
The bicycle is a cheap and ecological way of transport, and it is also a healthy option. This is why the number of cyclists in cities has increased in recent years, but so has the accident rate. A study confirms that these incidents are caused by a combination of inadequate infrastructures and risk behavior on the part of drivers and cyclists. (2018-04-19)

Airlines aren't learning enough from near misses
When it comes to flight safety, US airlines are pretty good at learning from accidents. But new research shows airlines should be learning more from accidents that never happen. (2016-01-19)

Study outlines common risky behaviors of children struck by motor vehicles
An abstract presented Friday, Oct. 19, at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans highlights the risky behavior of child pedestrians who are struck by cars -- including darting into the street, crossing in the middle of the block, and crossing while using an electronic device. (2012-10-19)

Ridehailing services may be driving up traffic deaths
The arrival of ridehailing is associated with an increase of approximately 3 percent in the number of motor vehicle fatalities and fatal accidents, according to research from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. (2019-07-08)

RAND study finds senior drivers less likely than youngest drivers to cause accidents
Drivers 65 and older are just one-third as likely as drivers 15 to 24 to cause auto accidents, and not much more likely than drivers 25 to 64 to cause accidents, according to a RAND Corporation study issued today. (2007-07-18)

'Spring forward' to daylight saving time brings surge in fatal car crashes
A study of 732,000 accidents over two decades has found that the annual switch to daylight saving time is associated with a 6% increase in fatal car crashes that week. (2020-01-30)

Motorcycle crashes cause 5 times as many deaths as car accidents, 6 times the health costs
Motorcycle accidents are costly in terms of lives and health care costs. Compared with car accidents, motorcycle accidents cause three times the injuries, six times the medical costs and 5 times the deaths, found new research in CMAJ. Despite better motor vehicle safety, injuries from motorcycle crashes have not improved. (2017-11-20)

10 minutes could prevent one-third of road deaths
Spanish researchers have calculated the probability of dying in road accidents on the basis of the time taken for the emergency services to arrive. Their conclusions are clear -- reducing the time between an accident taking place and the arrival of the emergency services from 25 to 15 minutes would cut the risk of death by one-third. (2010-09-01)

News coverage of alcohol's harm may sway support for liquor-control laws
If people see news coverage of alcohol's role in violent crime and fatal injuries, they may give more support to alcohol-control laws, according to a study in the March issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. (2012-02-22)

Children with severe epilepsy need special precautions at home to prevent accidents
Children with severe epilepsy need special safety measures at home to lower their risk of having an accident, states a Seminar in this week's issue of The Lancet. (2006-02-09)

Overreaction to Paddington disaster will ultimately drive more people on to the roads and increase deaths
The public reaction to the tragic Paddington rail disaster might make those running railways so fearful of accidents and subject to such severe controls that they are no longer able to do their job well enough to compete with far more dangerous and polluting modes of transport, writes Dr Kevin Connolly in this week's BMJ. (1999-12-09)

People keep driving even when sleepy
People continue to drive even when they know they are sleepy, suggests a large study published on today. This has important implications for public safety, say the researchers. (2006-06-22)

No evidence that smoking drug linked to increased risk of suicide or traffic accidents
There is no strong evidence that the popular smoking cessation drug varenicline is associated with increased risks of suicidal behaviours, criminal offending, transport accidents, traffic-related offences, and psychoses, finds a study in The BMJ this week. (2015-06-02)

Access to motorbikes without taking a prior exam increases the number of accidents
Pedestrians and motorcyclists continue to be those most vulnerable in traffic accidents. A team of researchers has demonstrated an increase in the number of injuries among users of lightweight motorcycles after a law was passed in 2004 allowing the riding of motorbikes with a class B licence (for cars). In contrast, the study, focusing on Barcelona and published in the latest issue of the WHO Magazine, confirms that the risk of having an accident has remained unchanged. (2009-08-31)

The penalty points system driver's license reduces accidents on a temporary basis
A group of researchers from Universidad de Sevilla and Universidad de Castilla -- La Mancha have determined that after the implementation in 2006 of the penalty points system driver's license in Spain, there has been a reduction of 12.6 percent in the number of deaths in highway accidents. However, the effect on fatal accidents lasted only two years. (2010-07-28)

Glaucoma patients at significantly higher risk for falls, motor vehicle accidents
Persons affected by glaucoma are over three times more likely to have been involved in falls and motor vehicle accidents than persons of the same age without the condition, say researchers from Dalhousie University in Canada. Their findings are published in the March 2007 issue of Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. (2007-02-28)

Correct seat belt use saves children's lives
9 out of 10 children are seriously or fatally injured in traffic accidents because they are incorrectly restrained or because of loose objects in cars. Correct use of safety equipment will save more lives, according to a new study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. (2014-08-06)

Every third child incorrectly restrained in cars
Car accidents are the main cause of serious injury and death among children in Norway. A new study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health shows that 37 percent of all children under 16 years are incorrectly restrained in the car. Twenty-three percent of children are so poorly restrained that a collision would have very serious consequences. The study results were presented at a seminar on traffic accidents in Oslo on Oct. 8. (2012-10-09)

Calling all truckers ... not!
Researchers in India are developing a new technology that will prevent truck drivers and other road users from using their cell phones while driving. The technology based on RFIDs could also be integrated with police traffic monitoring. (2012-07-05)

UT Dallas researchers examine construction accidents in Gulf region
Inadequate training, limited use of safety equipment and a lack of government oversight contribute to deaths and injuries among construction workers in the rapidly developing Arabian Gulf region, also known as the Persian Gulf, a UT Dallas study found. (2016-10-13)

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