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Don't let the Metro-North crash increase the car accident rate

When a Metro North commuter train derailed and was then struck by another train on Friday evening, everyone knew that today's commute would be deeply affected. The train wreck just south of Bridgeport reportedly injured 70 people, and the investigation and cleanup are still ongoing. Governor Malloy has asked all commuters with the ability to stay home for the next few days to do so, and it appears that many people have taken that request seriously.

Bridgeport man turns himself in for young pedestrian hit-and-run

Hit-and-run accidents can have tragic consequences for their victims, particularly when those victims are pedestrians. Besides being potentially seriously injured, they're often forced to struggle with their own insurance companies to cover their injuries -- and that's only if they have applicable uninsured motorist coverage. So it's worth recognizing when hit-and-run drivers turn themselves in to police.

Safety group: distracted-driving car accidents are underreported

The National Safety Council, a nationwide nonprofit research and advocacy organization focused on accident safety, says that the number of car accidents caused by distracted driving is considerably underrepresented in an important federal database. The group looked into the underlying police reports of 180 2011 fatal accidents listed in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System. To their surprise, they found that as many as half were not marked as being caused by driver distraction even when there was strong evidence that was the case.

Report links pedestrian accidents to speed, inconvenient crossings

The Center for Investigative Reporting, the nation's oldest nonprofit investigative reporting organization, recently completed an exhaustive review of the causes of serious and fatal pedestrian accidents. The group considered both driver and pedestrian behavior, along with road design and other traffic engineering factors, and concluded that both the number and seriousness of pedestrian accidents rose with the speed of traffic and with inconvenient locations for legal crosswalks.

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