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Archive for April, 2015

Could Car Crashes be Eliminated by Autonomous Vehicle Technology?Ninety percent of all car accidents in the United States could be prevented through mass adoption of self-driving vehicles, thus sparing the nation $190 billion in healthcare costs and property damage, reports a new study from consulting firm McKinney & Co. After conversations with several industry experts, the investigators anticipate widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles within 15 years and preliminary enactments early next decade. Some industry executives, such as Tesla Motors Inc.’s Elon Musk, believe fully autonomous cars will be a reality in as little as five years. In fact, some auto manufacturers, such as GM and Renault SA, are working on autonomous vehicles and offering features that allow software to control more functions of automobiles.
Denver Potholes Are Dangerous to DriversTraveling on Denver roads these days is tricky- not because of weather or traffic, but because Denver potholes are dangerous. In fact, the city has experienced a landmark number of potholes so far this year, with a record 10,000 potholes just in the first seven weeks of the year, when ordinarily there are only about 4,500. In an average year, between 60,000 and 100,000 potholes will manifest on the city streets.

Potholes form progressively and can vary in size and shape. They are caused by the expansion and contraction of ground water after the water has seeped into the ground under the road surface. The water expands when frozen and contracts when it thaws. This cycle causes stress and fatigue of the road surface.

City employees are currently working overtime to tackle the greater-than-average number of potholes on Denver roads. In the morning, crews receive a list of known sites to repair. Once those jobs have been completed, the crews spend the remainder of their shifts driving the streets in search of more potholes to fix.

Motorists can report potholes by calling 311.

Dangers of Potholes

Potholes are more than just a nuisance, they can cause damage to your vehicle and cause accidents resulting in serious injury or death.

Potholes put an enormous strain on your vehicle’s suspension and shocks. This can cause expensive damage to your vehicle necessitating an emergency trip to your mechanic or body shop. In fact, an encounter with a sizable pothole can have the same impact as an accident at a speed of 35 mph.

In addition to damaging to your vehicle, potholes can also cause accidents. If a pothole is deep enough, it can cause a motorist to lose control of their vehicle. Additionally, wheels can become entrenched in the pothole, causing a vehicle to spin or roll over.

Rear end collisions can also occur when a driver stops suddenly to avoid a pothole, not giving the motorist behind him ample time to stop. Other types of accidents can occur when a driver swerves to dodge a pothole, only to sideswipe a vehicle in the adjacent lane.

Potholes can also be dangerous to motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. The unexpected drop experienced when hitting a pothole on a motorcycle can cause the bike to turnover, resulting in catastrophic injuries.

Pedestrians may step in the potholes causing them to fall and be injured.

Read More: The Best Way to Survive a Car Accident

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Shocking DUI StatisticsThe nightly news is full of horrific stories, recounting tragic events from the day that claimed dozens, hundreds, or maybe even thousands of innocent lives. They sadden us, anger us, and chill us to our core. But what if the news anchor told you that every 30 minutes in the U.S. someone is killed by a drunk driver. That, too, would be saddening, angering, and chilling- and true.