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Based on a 1961 study at Williamston, MI, conducted by the Michigan State Police, the Indiana University Health and Safety Department, the Michigan Highway Department, and the American Red Cross, it was estimated that approximately 400 persons lose their lives as a result of being trapped in automobiles that have plunged into the water.

Air bag control modules utilize complex algorithms to make air bag deployment decisions based on crash severity related to the change in vehicle speed or deceleration over time. Due to the proprietary nature of air bag deployment algorithms, the velocity, acceleration, or displacement thresholds for air bag deployment during a collision are not easily obtained; however, a range of frontal barrier impact speeds and corresponding deceleration and displacement threshold values for air bag deployment can be approximated using known vehicle stiffness-to-weight ratios.

School bus collision team training (SBCIT) is the most efficient, least costly and most appropriate training that can be provided to school bus collision investigation teams. Training must be proactive to prepare for the next school bus collision event that happens in your school district. SBCI Training is also just-intime while teams are at the collision site and need immediate reporting solutions.

The Police Accident Report (PAR) is not enough for an effective school district defense. Assum-ing that the PAR is sufficient for a strong defense in court may not be valid for a variety of reasons. The school district is left with a poor defense against unfavorable litigation, and the high costs and a significant impact to district taxpayers when self-insured districts must pay for out of court settlements.

No two school bus and other vehicle collisions are exactly alike. Collisions appearing to be same have different drivers (Ds), different vehicles (Vs) and different environmental conditions (Es) present that may change one collision outcome to another.

Golf cart accident frequency has increased dramatically over the last 20 years. A study by Watson, Mehan, Smith, and McKenzie (Golf Cart-Related Injuries in the U.S., American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 2008) of NEISS data found 147,696 people were treated in emergency rooms for golf cart accidents between 1990 and 2006.

Many highway traffic accidents occur as a result of sudden tire failures. One particular kind of tire failure is called tread separation, and it can be especially dangerous in some circumstances. This kind of failure involves the outer steel belt layer of the tire peeling away violently, often without causing the tire to go flat.

The safety of children is of the utmost concern to school board members, administrators, and teachers. Accidents do happen, of course, but you must do everything you can to make sure that the students in your care are not hurt.

The plaintiff was injured when he was struck by a forklift at the end of his workday as he was on his way to a restaurant. He walked up a set of steps onto a public platform and angled to his left in the direction of the restaurant.

The plaintiff, an employee (housekeeper) of XYZ Co. tripped over a sack of concrete mix while taking out garbage during the second shift. The injuries were severe enough to prevent the employee from ever returning to her job or any job.

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