car crashes

Traffic on freeway in Houston, Texas with downtown buildings in background

Houston Traffic Deaths Dipped in 2022

Fatal crashes killed slightly fewer people in 2022 than in 2021, but deaths are still significantly higher than in 2019.

January 23, 2023 - Axios

OVerturned vehicle with fire truck and firefighters assisting

The Unequal Impacts of Traffic Crashes

Rates of traffic deaths vary widely among racial and economic groups but continue to rise across the board.

August 25, 2022 - The New York Times

20 miles per hour speed limit sign in school zone

San Jose Begins Lowering Speed Limits

Thanks to a state bill, California cities can reduce speed limits on city streets by 5 miles per hour to improve traffic safety.

July 6, 2022 - San José Spotlight

Pedestrians and Cars

Traffic Deaths in Cities and Suburbs, a 2020s Update

Traditionally, many cities have had lower car crash death rates than suburbs. But is this still the case?

March 14, 2022 - Michael Lewyn

Construction Worker

Why 'Accidents' Are Not Inevitable

A new book argues that accidental deaths, from car crashes to industrial accidents, are a result of a 'rapacious' capitalist system that prioritizes profits over people.

February 16, 2022 - Streetsblog New York City

Crash test dummies in a car

Coalition Calls for Updated Federal Crash Test Standards

Revising federal crash test standards and updating test dummies to mimic a wider variety of bodies could save thousands of lives each year.

December 31, 2021 - Streetsblog USA

Highway Speed

Can't Drive 55: America's Dangerous Love of Speeding

While most Americans agree that speeding is a threat to public safety, dysfunctional laws and inadequate enforcement perpetuate a culture of tacitly sanctioned high-speed driving.

December 26, 2021 - Slate

Ghost Bike

Replacing Houston's Missing Ghost Bikes

A Houston couple is asking for help installing 'ghost bike' memorials, a stark reminder of the dangers of unsafe roads to cyclists.

December 19, 2021 - The Houston Chronicle

Biking in Denver

Study: More Bike Infrastructure Could Prevent 15,000 Deaths Annually

In addition to reducing air pollution and congestion, improving bike infrastructure could save thousands of lives each year, according to new research.

December 8, 2021 - Streetsblog USA

Emergency Response

Sirens May Do 'More Harm Than Good,' Research Shows

The ear-piercing sirens used by emergency vehicles are shown to have little impact on patient outcomes while contributing to more dangerous road conditions, experts say.

October 21, 2021 - The New York Times

Crash

Major Flaws in the U.S. Car Crash Reporting System

The lack of a nationwide standard and extensive officer discretion lead to inconsistent data when it comes to traffic crashes and fatalities.

July 29, 2021 - Streetsblog L.A.

Uber Autonomous Vehicle

Who's at Fault When Self-Driving Cars Kill People?

As more autonomous vehicles hit the road and inevitably cause crashes, courts will have to contend with a complex web of responsibility when ruling on wrongful death cases.

July 26, 2021 - Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann

Police

Research: Traffic Stops Don't Stop Traffic Deaths

A comprehensive study using data from 33 states shows no significant correlation between police stops and reduced crash rates.

July 22, 2021 - Streetsblog USA

Red Light Camera

Texas Lawmakers Want to Shut Down Grandfathered Red-Light Cameras

Despite a statewide ban approved by the Texas State Legislature in 2019, four Texas cities still have active contracts with photographic enforcement companies.

May 7, 2021 - The Houston Chronicle

Tesla

Deadly Texas Tesla Crash Might Have Had No Driver at the Wheel

Another fatal crash prompts questions about Elon Musk's autopilot claims.

April 29, 2021 - Wired

Florida

Case Study: Florida Road Diet Reduces Crashes, Adds Minimal Congestion

A controversial road diet has faced disapproval from local business owners, but data shows a significant reduction in crashes and a minimal increase in congestion.

March 23, 2021 - WFLA

15 MPH speed limit sign

Virginia Set to Pass Bill Lowering Minimum Speed Limit

The Virginia General Assembly has passed a bill that would allow localities to set speed limits as low as 15 miles per hour.

March 17, 2021 - The Virginia Mercury

Portland Cycling

Oregon DOT Studies Impact of Race and Income on Road Safety

The findings of a recent memo highlight the disproportionate effects of unsafe road conditions on low-income people and BIPOC communities.

March 17, 2021 - Bike Portland

Street Traffic

Despite Stay-at-Home Orders, U.S. Traffic Deaths Rose in 2020

Dangerous behaviors picked up during the early, low-traffic days of the pandemic are partly to blame.

February 2, 2021 - The Washington Post

San Francisco Street

Deadly New York Limousine Crash Prompts Oversight Questions

The deadliest transportation accident in recent years has some asking whether more can be done to regulate modified vehicles, including limos.

October 12, 2018 - NPR

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