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Helpful Internet Resources

Truck Accidents

  • Crash Facts - Large Trucks - Nationwide: Nationwide crash statistic summaries involving large trucks from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. State-specific statistics are also available at this site
  • Large Truck Crash Causation Study: The Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS) is based on a three-year data collection project conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). LTCCS is the first-ever national study to attempt to determine the critical events and associated factors that contribute to serious large truck crashes.
  • Large Truck Facts and Figures: The Truck Safety Coalition is a partnership between The Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH) Foundation, and Parents Against Tired Truckers (P.A.T.T). The Truck Safety Coalition is dedicated to reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by truck-related crashes, providing compassionate support to truck crash survivors and families of truck crash victims, and educating the public, policy-makers and media about truck safety issues.
  • Public Citizen: Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts. Among its activities are writing and commenting about the dangers of tractor-trailers transporting hazardous materials on our interstate highways. Search on the Public Citizen site for 'tractor-trailer accidents.'

Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents

  • Child pedestrian injuries are the seond leading cause of death in children 5 - 14 years: Although the number of traffic-relatled child pedestrian deaths has declined in recent years for children under 14 years of age(possibly because of the decrease in the number of child pedestrians), pedestrian injury remains the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 5 - 14.

    Children from birth to 2 years of age are more likely to suffer non-traffic related pedestrian injuries. What are these? Those where the child is in the driveway or on a sideway and is run over by a car backing out of a driveway. Or where the child is in a parking lot and is run over by a car.

    Children are particuarly vulnerable to pedestrian death because traffic threats are beyond their cognitive ability.
  • Information on helmet safety and use: Lids on Kids provides information on helmet safety and answers questions about helmet use. The National Ski Areas Association and others developed this site.

Highway Safety

  • Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety: An alliance of consumer, health and safety groups and insurance companies and agents working together to make America's roads safer.
  • American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators: Nonprofit organization serving an international community of motor vehicle and law enforcement officials. Develops model programs in motor vehicle administration, police traffic services and highway safety. Its program development and research activities provide guidelines for more effective public service. Search for events, products and services and news room.
  • Crash Testing and Highway Safety: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries, and property damage — from crashes on the nation's highways. The Highway Loss Data Institute studies the insurance data of human and economic losses from the operation of different types of vehicles and publishes insurance loss results by vehicle make and model.

    Both organizations are wholly supported by auto insurers.
  • Drive and Stay Alive
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: information on crash facts, airbag safety, car safety and their agency's traffic safety efforts
  • News and information about serious auto defects and recalls, plus a database of state "lemon" laws.: The Center for Auto Safety website has information about auto recalls, the auto "lemon laws" of various states, as well as a way to file complaints. The website also provides resources for consumers and information about its various safety campaigns.
  • Transportation Safety Training Center: information on the Virginia Crash Investigation Team, Highway Safety Police Training, accident reconstruction, and other highway safety research
  • Virginia Department of Transportation: Everything you need to know about highway transportation in Virginia

Safe Driving

  • AD/HD and Driving: Of all the potential risks to the health and safety of young people -- disease, drug abuse, violence -- none are as likely to cause serious injury or even death as are motor vehicle accidents. Highway crashes are the biggest killer of adolescents aged 15 to 20 in the U.S., accounting for over 6,000 deaths in 1996 (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA). For all teens, especially those with AD/HD, the development of persistently safe driving habits is essential for their safety, the safety of their passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers.
  • Airbag Crash Data: General Motors airbag black box crash data retrieval
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Car Safety Seats: To help parents and pediatricians better understand how to use car safety seats, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued updated, more complete recommendations in the policy statement, "Selecting and Using the Most appropriate Car Safety Seats for Growing Children: Guidelines for Counseling Parents.

    Includes information for parents of children with special needs.
  • American Automobile Association: When you hear the name AAA, the first thing that comes to mind is probably maps and emergency road service, two of the cornerstones of the organization. But these days AAA is known for much more - assisting people in many facets of their lives, including travel and lodging; auto buying, leasing, renting, and repair; financial services such as loans, banking and credit cards; and insurance needs.
  • Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists: The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists was established in 1977 to support professionals working in the field of driver education / driver training and transportation equipment modifications for persons with disabilities through education and information dissemination.
  • Auto Week: New car reviews, news, auto show coverage and more from Auto Week Magazine
  • Car Crash Test: Detailed safety information and crash-test results, as well as new or used car buying tips and car buying guide.
  • Division of Motor Vehicles: This website was created to provide easy-to-access information and resources for all your Department of Motor Vehicles needs.
  • Institute of Driver Behavior: Safety videos for the trucking industry
  • Is your teenager driving safely?: Every year, according to Allstate Insurance close to 6,000 teenagers are killed in car crashes and nearly 300,000 are injured. Despite safer cars, better roads and countless teen driving programs, the numbers have remained constant for more than a decade.
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): Information on crash facts, airbag safety, car safety and the agency's traffic safety efforts
  • Road Ragers: Like bad weather, bad drivers are part of the environment. You don't like them, but they happen. Don't let yourself be carried away with your irritation. Honking, racing, screaming, waving, finger pointing do no good. This website has information about road ragers and the trouble they get into - and even has a form for you to fill out where you can identify ragers.
  • Virginia Association of Driver Education and Traffic Safety: Information on traffic safety, laws and youth-related driving material
  • Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV): Comprehensive review of traffic safety information and links to other traffic safety site
  • Virginia DMV, motorcycle safety
  • Virginia DMV, teen driver safety
  • Virginia State Police: Information on vehicle safety, state laws, criminal investigations and more
  • Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Study
  • Virginia Tech Transportion Institute Report, Distracted Driver

Drinking and Driving


  • American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators: Nonprofit organization serving an international community of motor vehicle and law enforcement officials. Develops model programs in motor vehicle administration, police traffic services and highway safety. Its program development and research activities provide guidelines for more effective public service. Search for events, products and services and news room.
  • American Association of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) is the world's largest organization representing specialists who treat the ear, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck.

    The AAO-HNS Foundation works to advance the art, science, and ethical practice of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery through education, research, and lifelong learning.
  • Car Talk: NPR's Car Talk with Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers
  • Federal Highway Administration: The FHWA is part of the United States Department of Transportation. It works with state and local governmental agencies and other partners to carry out the Federal highway programs to meet the nation's transportation needs.
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