Nowadays, most airlines charge fees for checked baggage. As a result, it seems that many people get around this frustrating additional fee by stuffing as many of their possessions as possible into their carry-on bags. These overstuffed bags can be bulky, heavy and oddly shaped. When pushed and prodded into overhead compartments, they may not fit neatly. And when overhead bins are not properly secured, these bags can easily fall out and hurt someone.
In our last post, we began a discussion about truck safety. We observed how critical it is that the nation’s trucking industry, lawmakers, regulators and manufacturers prioritize truck safety given how much damage truck accidents can cause. We also noted that for the fourth consecutive year, the number of fatalities caused by truck accidents occurring on American roads has risen, according to the National Traffic Safety Board.
We frequently write about the critical importance of commercial truck safety. Large commercial trucks traveling at significant speeds have the potential to harm virtually any vehicle, cyclist, pedestrian or property in their path. As a result, it is vitally important that truck drivers are adequately trained and that they are properly reprimanded if they stray from mandatory safety procedures and practices.
We have previously discussed the fact that traveling by plane is far safer than traveling by motor vehicle. However, simply because air travel is safer than road travel does not mean that it cannot be safer itself. The number of aviation accidents that occur annually are far fewer than the number of motor vehicle crashes. But until the number of aviation accidents which occur annually reaches zero, improvements to air safety should continue to be a national priority.
In the United States, 37,000 people are killed in automobile collisions each year and more than 2.3 million are seriously injured or become disabled, according to the Association for Safe International Road Travel. These tragic figures only represent a fraction of the total number of car accidents in America, which is approximately 10 million annually. What's more, vehicle collisions are the single largest mortal threat to teenagers, according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Over the past several years, great strides have been made towards outfitting test cars with the ability to “talk” to one another. Many of these test vehicles have already been involved in real-world trials. Vehicle-to-vehicle communication is being explored primarily for its potential to reduce the number of preventable accidents that occur on U.S. highways and surface streets.
It can be difficult for the general public to understand just how safe or unsafe air travel is at a glance. It is generally understood that air travel is safer than traveling by car or truck. But how much safer is this form of travel? This question can be particularly difficult to answer when it seems that all major aviation accidents receive extensive coverage by the media and all fatal auto vehicle wrecks generally do not receive such coverage.