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Federal agency recommends trucker cellphone ban

After a massive tractor-trailer crash took the lives of 11 people in 2010, members of the National Transportation Safety Board are taking action. In hopes to prevent future fatal truck accidents, the NTSB is recommending a ban on all cellphone use behind the wheel of tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, buses, and other commercial vehicles.

Family of murdered student sues Yale for wrongful death

The family of Yale University student Annie Le, who was murdered by a fellow student and researcher at a college animal research lab, has filed a lawsuit against Yale. The wrongful death suit asserts that the university does not provide adequate protection for female students and employees, and that it is too tolerant of overly aggressive male conduct.

Cell phone companies create apps to prevent distracted driving

In the ongoing fight against distracted driving, there is a new weapon. With the release of a few new applications, the very smartphones that were previously responsible for so many distracted driving-related car accidents may now actually prevent drivers from talking and texting behind the wheel. Although such applications, or apps, are still in their early stages, law enforcement officials in New Jersey and throughout the country are hopeful that they will remove the temptation to use a cell phone while driving.

Study: Young driver restrictions increase fatal accidents later

Graduated driver licensing programs for young drivers may have unintended negative consequences, according to a recent study based on data released by the American Medical Association (AMA). Such programs are intended to reduce car accidents among teenage drivers. They ease new drivers from restricted licensing into full licensing. The study finds that states with the most restrictive laws showed fewer fatal accidents among 16 and 17 year-old drivers, but more accidents for 18 and 19 year olds.

Study: most drivers are overconfident in their driving skills

After driving for many years, many drivers naturally become confident in their driving ability. However, a new study reports that drivers may be over-confident about their skills behind the wheel. While one might think they're an excellent driver, that doesn't mean they're not susceptible to traffic tickets, car accidents and other pitfalls on the road.

Honda announces second vehicle recall

Honda recently announced a worldwide recall of more than 1 million cars from two model lines in order to fix potential electrical problems and a software malfunctions in the vehicles. The recall is the second of its kind in a month: in early August, the automaker recalled about 1.5 million vehicles after learning of design defects in the vehicles' transmissions.

New Jersey's young driver law examined after fatal crash

Last month, we wrote about the tragic car crash that took the lives of four members of a New Jersey high school football team. In the wake of that fatal car accident, state lawmakers may be looking to strengthen the state's graduated driver's license law.

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