A man was killed recently when a driver lost control of his car and plowed into the bus stop where the victim was waiting. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that the accident occurred around 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 22 just outside the University of Central Florida campus. Troopers say that the driver is a 26-year-old Chuluota man and are still trying to determine how and why he lost control of his vehicle while driving on State Road 434.
Even though Americans are driving more than ever, recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates indicate that fewer people died in auto accidents in 2010 than any year since 1949. A total of 32,788 people died in car crashes last year. This number is down three percent from 2009, and it’s the lowest number in decades. Barbara Harsha, Executive Director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, cited several contributing factors that led to the near-record low. She said advances in vehicle design, safety and passenger restraint and air bags as well as other factors such as rumble strips on highways and better pavement marking all combined to make driving safer.
Toyota Recall Accident Lawyer News: Recall and Repair Instruction Dates Differ Between North America and Europe
More details are coming out about this year’s massive Toyota recall including information about who knew what and when. As the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration prepares to pursue fines and penalties against the Toyota for what it considers to be a pattern of inaction on major safety issues, officials are looking at a timeline for how various national agencies were notified about problems with accelerator pedals in Toyota vehicles.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has requested an explanation from Honda Motor Company and Takata Corporation as to why the automaker did not include Honda vehicles from a second recall in an earlier recall eight months previously. Takata Corp. is the manufacturer of airbags for Honda vehicles. The NHTSA “requires additional information from Honda and Takata to more fully evaluate the scope and timeliness” of a Honda recall for the same defective airbags that were the reason for the previous recall of Honda vehicles.