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November 2010 Archives

Fatal Car Accident Tied to Speeding and Drunk Driving

A fatal car accident occurring last summer in the city of Thurmont is alleged to have been caused by a driver traveling at an excessive speed after having been drinking. Last week, authorities criminally charged the driver with negligent homicide and manslaughter by motor vehicle.

Older Drivers Becoming More Common on the Roads

A recent forum conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board revealed some interesting information about traffic safety and older drivers. Experts told the board they expect the number of drivers over the age of 65 to increase to 20% over the next 15 years and nearly double from around 30 million today to 57 million by 2030.

Deer-Related Auto Accidents Expected to Rise in November

This time of year typically sees an upswing in the number of auto accidents involving, or caused by, deer on our highways. The period from late October through mid-December is typically the mating season for deer, which means they will travel greater distances and present more opportunities to encounter humans - especially during the late afternoons and evenings when deer are feeding and traffic on the highways is relatively heavy.

Out of Control Tractor-Trailer Crashes Along Interstate 68

A major motor vehicle accident occurred on Interstate 68 last week when the driver of an 18-wheeler apparently became ill while driving and lost control of his truck. The semi-truck reportedly swerved quickly to the left while traveling eastbound on I-68 striking an SUV and sending it over a concrete divider and into the westbound lane of traffic.

Premise Liability When No One Is Home

Across the United States, thousands of foreclosed homes sit abandoned, gathering dust while the former inhabitants look for a fresh start. For the families living next door to some of these houses, especially families with small children, the abandoned homes present a sometimes unclear but ever present danger.

Did University Violate OSHA Regulations?

State investigators are trying to determine whether the University of Notre Dame violated rules set out by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration regarding the duty of employers to provide a "safe workplace and safe working conditions." They are also looking to see whether the university violated a federal rule usually reserved for construction accidents involving falls from scaffolding.

October Ends with Thousands of Recalled Automobiles

On October 21, Toyota's U.S. Division announced the recall of nearly 750,000 vehicles for potentially serious problems with the braking systems. Days later, Honda Motor Co followed suit and announced the recall of half a million automobiles due to a similar brake problem.

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