Motor Vehicle Injury Health News

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Keeping Your Driving Teen Focused on the Road

Distractions at the wheel are major cause of needless tragedies, experts say

State Laws Curb Kids' Injuries Tied to Off-Road Vehicles

In Massachusetts, ER visits down as much as 50 percent, study found

Daydreaming Behind the Wheel

People often unaware their mind is wandering when driving, study shows

Later School Bell Could Boost U.S. Economy by $83 Billion Over Decade

Extra sleep for students would lead to better grades, plus provide mental, physical benefits, report says

Will Climate Change Bring More Highway Deaths?

Study found link between rising temperatures, traffic fatalities

7-Fold Spike Seen in Opioid-Linked Fatal Car Crashes

Two decades of U.S. data show another way these prescription medications are taking lives

How Princess Diana's Death Saved French Lives

France tightened road rules after she died in 1997 car crash -- a lesson the U.S. might learn from, researcher says

Despite Warnings, Kids Are Still Dying in Hot Cars

Even on a 60-degree day, a small child's body temperature can quickly rise

Legalized Pot May Lead to More Traffic Crashes

But auto accident deaths aren't on the rise in states where recreational pot is allowed, researchers say

Teens With ADHD Face a Higher Crash Risk

Study found they were 36 percent more likely to get in an accident than other adolescents

New Teen Drivers Face Triple the Risk of a Fatal Crash

Distractions, such as cell phones, and failure to buckle up are main causes

1 in 5 U.S. Kids Killed in Crashes Not Restrained Properly

Finding highlights importance of car seats, seat belts for young passengers

How Not to Nod Off Behind the Wheel

Recognizing signs of sleepiness key to prevention, researcher says

Car Crash Rate Falls When People With ADHD Take Meds

Hallmarks of the disorder -- including inattention, impulsivity -- raise accident risk, researchers say

Most Seniors Use Cellphones While Behind the Wheel

Some even do it with kids in the car, survey finds

Drugs Now Involved in More Fatal U.S. Crashes Than Alcohol Alone

Study suggests deaths due to drugged driving are rising as states legalize pot and drug abuse grows

When Is It Safe to Drive With Type 1 Diabetes?

Researchers say new checklist can help determine when low blood sugar should keep you off the road

U.S. Pedestrian Deaths Surged to Record Levels in 2016

Experts point to widespread smartphone use as deadly distraction for drivers and walkers alike

Health Tip: Choosing a Baby Carrier

Make sure it includes these features

Serious Crash Often a Wake-Up Call for Teen Drivers

They slow down and drive less aggressively after an accident, monitoring finds

Your DNA May Determine How You Handle the Time Change

Researcher says genetics play a part in whether you're a night owl, which can make daylight saving a tough transition

Ready for Spring Break? Have Fun But Play It Safe

Drinking too much can affect your judgment, increasing your risk for injury, CDC warns

Tougher Alcohol Laws Mean Fewer Young People Killed on the Road

9 percent drop in deaths where policies to discourage drinking and driving among all motorists were most stringent

Driving Skills May Suffer Even After Concussion Symptoms Subside

Erratic swerving showed up in tests taken after young patients thought they had recovered

Ready Your Home for Winter's Wrath

Steps include insulating water lines that run along exterior walls, experts advise

Celebrate the Holidays, But Not While Drinking and Driving

Coffee won't help a tipsy person sober up, traffic safety experts warn

Where Medical Pot Is Legal, Fatal Car Crashes Often Decline

It's possible that these state laws might cause younger drivers to drink less, researchers said

If You're Dashing Through the Snow to a Holiday Gathering…

Red Cross offers tips for getting to your destination safely

Missing Just 1 Hour of Sleep May Double Drivers' Crash Risk

Too little shut-eye can equal alcohol in terms of impairment behind the wheel, traffic safety group warns

CDC Reveals Top 5 Causes of Death

Good news is that many can be prevented

State Laws May Be Key to Lowering Kids' Car Crash Deaths

Study found more accidents happened in states with less stringent safe-driving regulations

Health Tip: Stay Safe on a Motorcycle

Choose appropriate gear

Aggressive Drivers: An Accident Waiting to Happen

Worst offenders as likely to have a wreck as someone who smokes marijuana behind the wheel, study found

A New Roadway Danger: Drivers Chasing 'Pokemon Go'

At least 14 crashes linked to the smartphone game during a 10-day period in July

Health Tip: Motoring Safely After Dark

Suggestions for night driving

Do States With Medical Marijuana Have Less Opioid Abuse?

Study of fatal car crashes finds fewer linked to opioids where medical pot is legal, but some experts are critical of the research

People With Implanted Defibrillators at Higher Car Accident Risk

Danish study finds 51 percent greater odds, but absolute risk of a crash remains low

Child Dies in Hot Car Almost Once a Week

Safe Kids Worldwide says little ones' bodies heat up much faster than adults

AAA: Road Debris a Mounting Danger on U.S. Highways

Crashes involving objects that have fallen from vehicles up 40 percent since 2001

Drowsy Driving Causes 1 in 5 Fatal Crashes: Report

Teens and young adults, shift-workers and people with sleep disorders face greater risk

The Safest Way to Get to School Is a Big Yellow Bus

National Safety Council recommends this method over riding with parents or friends

Hitting the Highway? Keep Safety in Mind

Planning ahead is essential to a positive travel experience, CDC says

Tighten Teens' Nighttime Driving Restrictions: CDC

Midnight cutoff is too late to help, researchers say

Face-Saving Devices: Seat Belts and Air Bags

Using both dramatically reduces risk of fractures, study finds

U.S. Car Crash Deaths Down, But Still Surpass Other Nations

Decline of 31 percent lowest among 20 countries studied