At the University of North Carolina, one of the leading authorities on concussions has just been named a MacArthur Fellow. That recognition comes with a no-strings-attached grant of $500,000 to pursue his research into the effects of concussions.
A man's willingness to help others apparently cost him his life in a tractor-trailer crash.
Does mobile technology -- cell phones, MP3 players, GPS, tablet PCs -- cause car accidents? The answer is no, the technology itself doesn't cause the crashes, but the use of those technologies so often distracts drivers who then lose control of their vehicles.
Last Thursday, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg school bus was involved in a fatal accident an SUV. Thankfully, none of the more than 50 students on the bus were injured in the crash in which the SUV driver died.
Not far from Charlotte, Japanese auto manufacturing giant Toyota is partnering with the Wake Forest School of Medicine to develop, test and implement new auto safety technologies.
Some local media outlets have dismissed a tragic fatality as a "freak accident." The car wreck involved a young elementary school teacher killed recently as she drove on Interstate 85.
The father of the 29-year-old woman killed on a North Carolina highway wept openly. Through his sobs, he told the court that his daughter was the most beautiful person who had "ever walked this earth."
The goal of unscrupulous car repair shops is to hide the damage to vehicles involved in car accidents. They do it with paint, plastic putty and slipshod welding jobs in lieu of replacing damaged car parts.