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New moms are more tired, more distracted – and in more car accidents
Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

New mothers may be the most distracted drivers on the road, according to the results of a survey by Safe Kids Worldwide and American Baby. This isn't hard to imagine. New moms are exhausted, they’re turning around to attend to the baby in the backseat, and 78% admit to using their phones to text or call while driving. Worse, […]

Portland’s Pothole Problem
Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

An audit of Portland’s street conditions and road management is surprisingly dramatic. The Portland Bureau of Transportation audit finds that the city has “not adequately protected the condition of street pavement…”, noting preventative maintenance has just not been a city priority. More than one-third of the city’s streets are in “poor condition” About 10% are in […]

Making Oregon teens better drivers
Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

How has Oregon’s Graduated Driver’s Licensing Program worked? It’s made teenagers much better drivers – and made all of us safer.

How closely should we monitor teenage drivers?
Monday, December 17th, 2012

Prevent distracted driving accidents: smartphone apps and monitoring systems help keep teen drivers safe on the roads

What is “webbing” – and why does it need to be banned?
Thursday, December 6th, 2012

You probably know that “distracted driving” has become the accepted term for any actions that visually, manually or cognitively distract people behind the wheel. “Webbing” evidently describes the specific act of web browsing while driving. This dangerous practice is becoming increasingly common. A State Farm poll found a 48% increase in smartphone web use while driving […]

Generation Commute
Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

More car accidents? Self-driving cars? How baby boomers retiring will affect commuting and road safety in the United States

Car Design Impacts Pedestrian Safety
Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Pedestrian safety features are now a factor in the exterior design of cars, trucks and SUVs

Your annual reminder: winter roads are, in fact, dangerous
Monday, November 12th, 2012

The rain has started in earnest in the Northwest, and snowy and icy conditions are expected in mountain passes in eastern Oregon, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation. The combination of the wet weather and darkness during commutes means that every year around this time, the number of traffic crashes jumps – and stays high […]

Dangerous driving: the poor condition of roads
Friday, October 5th, 2012

The odds are good that you drove or were a passenger in a car today. Even though the rate of car ownership is declining among Americans, there is still approximately 1 vehicle for every 2 people. It’s indisputable that we rely – heavily– on our highway and road system. So is it surprising to learn […]

Worst cars for personal injury claims
Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

The Highway Loss Data Institute looked at insurance data for medical payment (Med-Pay) coverage, and Personal Injury Protection (PIP) to determine how well a vehicle protected the occupants from injury during a collision.  The majority of the vehicles with the highest claim frequency for the model year 2009-2011 were classified as minicars or small cars. […]