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3 ways to avoid holiday car crashes

Travel stress around the holidays is pretty much a given. Planes, trains and automobiles across the country are filled with holiday travelers trying to get somewhere. Your gifts and goodies, ordered with that special two-day shipping, have to get somewhere, too. That means even more big trucks on the roads, which --combined with ice, snow and holiday hurrying -- can lead to some serious crashes.

Who's liable for a self-driving shuttle bus crash?

You've heard of self-driving cars, but how about a self-driving shuttle bus? The first autonomously driven shuttle bus -- sponsored by AAA -- recently got to test its skills in Las Vegas. The problem is, two hours after the bus went into operation, it got into a crash.

Drowsiness a health hazard for night shift workers

Shift work increases the risk for many conditions, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes, but there is another concern that could be considered more pressing. Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital have determined that night shift workers are prone to drowsy driving, especially during their commute home. According to their report, over 9.5 million people in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. work night shifts or rotational shifts, so the problem is a widespread one.

Study finds link between truck driver health and crash risk

The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine has published a study linking poor truck driver health with a higher risk for accidents. The authors concluded that even minor medical conditions can add up to endanger truck drivers. This has raised some concerns for trucking companies in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, especially regarding their medical screening processes.

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