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Automobile crashes kill more teenagers than anything else according to a new study.
Would you believe that the economic costs of motor vehicle crashes are nearly $900 per person living in the U.S.?
For the last five years Google has been hard at work developing self-driving cars. The technology company has made enormous strides over the last half a decade but there’s still a lot more to do.
Highway crash deaths dropped to the lowest point since 1949 according to federal safety regulators.
An enterprising drunkard in Germany found himself in a car accident, of his own doing. So with cops coming, what did he do to escape? He jacked a nearby forklift and attempted to move the car himself.
In the sort of drunk idea that only makes sense when you’re 7 Nordhäusers in, the 27-year old found an idle forklift nearby, drove it over to the site of his wrecked Volkswagen Golf, and attempted to raise the car. Police found the Golf off the ground when they stopped him and took him into custody.
“It must have seemed like a good idea at the time. He didn’t want anyone to call us so he tried to move the vehicle himself. It was, though, very dangerous and illegal,” said an officer.
[Source: German Herald]
Look for the little green car in this video. No, not that one. See it?
It’s just another day in Bangladesh (according to the comments), one of the many South Asian countries with more notorious drivers than the last 6 Nicholas Cage movies. After the bus knocks over the other one, the little green car ejects itself from the scene of the crime like a wayward booger. It appears to be a tuk-tuk, traveling alongside the bus without enough time to stop its puny self.
We hope nobody was seriously injured, though Mr. Tuk-Tuk Driver may have to wipe down his seat. Click the jump to see the whole video.
Ford concealed documents pertaining to a case it won in 2010, according to a Florida judge who has thrown out its verdict.
In 2003, two people were injured in a 1991 Aerostar that suddenly accelerated into a telephone pole, seriously injuring them. The case went to court in 2010, and during the trial Ford argued that it was simply a driver error (sounds familiar, doesn’t it?) that caused the minivan to crash. The jury voted in Ford’s favor.
But according to the plaintiff’s lawyer, Ford withheld documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that suggested the cruise control system, not the driver’s foot, did cause and was capable of causing sudden acceleration. Judge William T. Swigert handed the victory to the plaintiffs after he found out, stating that “had Ford disclosed them, the government would have discovered years ago that electronic failures of the cruise control system is a cause of sudden acceleration.”
Unsurprisingly, Ford disagrees. They plan to appeal the case.
[Source: New York Times]