OMAHA, Nebraska. Better street design has been known to decrease the number of people injured or killed in car accidents. For example, as part of New York City’s Vision Zero, New York used research to re-design city laws and roads to decrease the number of pedestrian deaths in the city. According to Metro, since the program has been launched, New York City has seen its fatalities drop by 28 percent. Safer street designs, lower speed limits, and better enforcement are all believed to contribute to the decrease in deaths. Yet, in order for cities to make informed decisions, they need data. The question is how they can acquire it. According to Wired, Uber is partnering with local governments to sell them its drop-off and pick-up data, giving governments insights into where people go, where they are getting dropped off, and their traffic patterns.
OMAHA, Nebraska. According to Scientific American, individuals die of suicide once every 11.7 minutes in the U.S. With so many people dying from suicides each year, you’d think that mental health professionals and medical professionals would be properly trained to identify suicide risk in patients. Yet, according to the American Association of Suicidology, few doctors are receiving this crucial training. In fact, only 50% of psychologists receive training in how to identify potentially suicidal patients. Social workers only receive this crucial training in a quarter of cases, and only 6 percent of people in marriage and family therapy programs receive training.
OMAHA, Nebraska. Tesla recently revealed that a driver who died in an accident in California had turned on the car’s autopilot before the crash took place. CNN reported that Tesla claimed that the autopilot warned the driver to put his hands on the wheel several times before the accident occurred. Initial reports indicate that the Tesla followed a painted line right into a highway barrier. Some Tesla owners expressed curiosity about whether they could replicate the accident—with shocking and troubling results.
OMAHA, Nebraska. Children’s bath toys may be havens for dangerous bacteria, a recent study found. The New York Times reports that American and Swiss researchers tested the insides of toy ducks. What they found was pretty gross. The pathogens the researchers found could potentially cause eye, ear, and stomach infections. Among the bacteria found: Legionella, and infections often associated with hospitals. Hospital infections can be quite serious, leading to serious illness and even death.
OMAHA, Nebraska. Car accidents can be caused by many factors. Most accidents, however, are the cause of human error. Research performed by Stanford University has found that over 90% of car accidents are the result of mistakes behind the wheel. For example, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, texting and driving killed 3,477 people in 2015 alone, and left another 391,000 injured. This statistic alone is often cited by self-driving car proponents who want to fast-track the technology. Alcohol is another leading cause of traffic accidents. Speeding, disobeying the law, and reckless driving also cause accidents. Yet, what happens when drivers behave recklessly? What happens when a driver is a repeat offender when it comes to reckless actions behind the wheel? There simply may not be laws on the books to take these drivers off the road. A recent deadly accident in New York highlights the limits of the law.