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Here's Why Pessimists Need to Wear Their Seat Belts

They're more accident prone, study suggests

(Newser) - Are you a glass-half-full person or a glass-half-empty one? If you're the latter, you may be more prone to car accidents. Chinese researchers have found a correlation between "negativity bias" in drivers (the tendency to focus on what's bad) and propensity for car accidents, Pacific Standard reports.... More »

Court Nixes $2M Award for Man in Fender-Bender

New trial ordered over 2009 accident

(Newser) - A $2 million award has been tossed out in the case of a man who sued following a fender-bender in central New Jersey. reports a state appeals court on Wednesday called it a "clear miscarriage of justice" and ordered a new trial. Joseph Berkowitz was rear-ended in... More »

4 Teens Dead in Car Crash

None were wearing seat belts, while 5 survivors were

(Newser) - Four teenagers from a central Indiana town died Wednesday evening when their vehicle crossed a median on a state road near Indianapolis and struck a minivan, Indiana State Police said. Five others, including a fifth passenger in the teens' vehicle and a family of four, were taken to a hospital... More »

One Dead After Car Smashes Into Secret Service Vehicle

4 on-duty agents involved in NH crash that killed 45-year-old driver of other car

(Newser) - A car carrying four on-duty Secret Service agents was involved in a head-on collision in New Hampshire that killed the driver of the other car, police said Wednesday. The accident happened about 7pm Tuesday in Wakefield, near the Maine state line. The agents were in a Ford Taurus heading south... More »

New Mom's Fiance, Mother Killed on Way to Hospital

They died when their car hit a tree in Michigan

(Newser) - Emil Skokan III was every bit the doting father-to-be when his fiancee texted him to say she would soon undergo a C-section. "He said, 'Do you need anything?' and that he would come up shortly and that he loved me," Crystal Matrau-Belt, 24, tells ABC News . "... More »

Mother Killed Crossing Parkway After Car Crash

Bystanders urged her not to return to her car

(Newser) - A 25-year-old woman escaped a serious car accident only to be killed minutes later while trying to retrieve her belongings from the wreck, Newsday reports. Police say Brittany Leith was driving on the Southern State Parkway in Long Island, New York, shortly before 4am Sunday when she hit a median... More »

Wheelchair Users Face Much Bigger Risk From Traffic

They're 36% more likely to die in collisions than walkers: study

(Newser) - Pedestrians in wheelchairs are a whopping 36% more likely to die in a traffic collision compared to those out walking, according to a new study that's raising concerns about driver awareness and the availability of crosswalks. Researchers at Georgetown University combed through news articles and data from the National... More »

8-Year-Old Girl Killed While Driving Car

'My heart is dying; there are no words'

(Newser) - A driver died Sunday in Kansas after losing control of her 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, rolling down an embankment, and landing upside down in a creek, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. The driver? An 8-year-old girl. "Grandpa said he gave her permission to drive and she crashed," a Kansas Highway... More »

Soap Star Nathaniel Marston Dead at 40

Ex-'One Life to Live' actor succumbed to injuries from Oct. 30 car crash

(Newser) - One Life to Live fans are waking up to devastating news Thursday morning: Nathaniel Marston, the star who played Michael McBain on the long-running ABC soap opera, has died at the age of 40, People reports. Mom Elizabeth Jackson posted a heartfelt tribute to her son on Facebook Wednesday evening,... More »

Kids Lose Parents in Wreck, Cop Takes Unusual Step

Ga. Trooper Nathan Bradley didn't want to mar the memory of Halloween for them

(Newser) - Donald and Crystal Howard went out on Halloween to buy more face paint and candy. But the Georgia parents were killed in a car crash near their Morgan County home, leaving a young state trooper with a terrible task: breaking the news to their four kids, ages 6 to 13,... More »

Parents' Nightmare: Brothers Killed 3 Months Apart

One died in a car crash in July; the other was just killed by a hit-and-run driver

(Newser) - The Tsatsos family has been grieving since July, when 19-year-old son Darryl was killed in a three-car crash in a suburb of Detroit. Now their nightmare has doubled: Darryl's 18-year-old brother, Ryan, was killed by a hit-and-run driver over the weekend near the college where he was a freshman,... More »

Odd Twist in Story of Man Ejected Onto Freeway Sign

Richard Pananian's family had tried to protect him with lamb sacrifice days earlier

(Newser) - It was an unbelievable way to leave the Earth: thrust out of a car and into the air on a Los Angeles freeway, only to land atop a freeway sign . But the oddity of the death of Richard Pananian of Burbank didn't begin and end with that Friday morning... More »

Body Lands on Freeway Sign Following Car Accident

'I've never seen anything like this'

(Newser) - Authorities were left in disbelief after a man's body landed on top of a freeway sign following a car crash Friday morning in Los Angeles, Fox 11 reports. "I've never seen anything like this or heard anything like this," a highway patrol spokesperson tells the Los ... More »

How a Medical Team Reattached a Toddler's Skull

The 16-month-old is in a halo brace after a car accident, but walking

(Newser) - In mid-September, Rylea Taylor and her two children survived a 70mph head-on collision in Australia. But when Rylea pulled 16-month-old Jaxon out of the wreckage, she didn't need to be an expert to see her son's neck was broken. Indeed, his top two vertebrae were fractured, and both... More »

Accident Wipes Mom's Memory of Dead Baby, Husband

A car slammed into the back of the family's vehicle in Florida: police

(Newser) - Not only did Ivelisse Martinez lose her husband and baby in a car crash in Florida last week, she also lost all memory of them. Authorities say Jose Vargas Rosario, 35, and Martinez, 27, were stopped at a red light in Altamonte Springs on Oct. 16 when a Mercury Grand... More »

Man Cleans Up After Crash Kills Dog, Gets Hit and Killed

He was trying to remove debris from the road

(Newser) - Authorities say a Western New York man was struck and killed by a vehicle as he was cleaning debris from an earlier accident that killed his dog. Niagara County Sheriff's deputies say the dog had been hit by a car in the town of Royalton, north of Buffalo, just... More »

Boy, 14, Fleeing Cops in SUV Gets in Fatal Crash

3 other young teens also in vehicle

(Newser) - A 14-year-old boy driving an SUV carrying three other young teenagers was killed when it crashed into a block wall in a neighborhood after speeding away from police, authorities said. Police responded to a call about a fight at 2am Wednesday, Officer James Holmes, a Phoenix police spokesman, said. They... More »

Paramedic Bride Helps Out at Accident Scene, Pic Goes Viral

Woman rushed from her wedding when she heard dad, grandparents were in crash

(Newser) - A post-wedding car crash, a concerned bride, and her photographer mom all came together in Tennessee to create a picture you won't see in too many wedding albums: a woman in her wedding dress helping out at the scene of an accident. The now-viral photo—posted on the Montgomery... More »

Video Shows Drivers High on Drugs Before Crash

Their families released the footage for a reason

(Newser) - A newly released video shows two young men joking and laughing as they drive at high speeds through dark country lanes. Then they crash, and their lives are over. Families of the two British friends—Kyle Careford, 20, Michael Owen, 21—have released the footage as a warning to others... More »

Guy Survives Crash That Rips Car in Two

Carlos Pino, 20, may have been intoxicated during crash: cops

(Newser) - It's perhaps an understatement to say a Florida man is lucky to be alive after he lost control of his sportscar and hit a tree on Tuesday. Police say Carlos Pino, 20, may have been intoxicated when he over-corrected on a curve while driving his 1986 Nissan 300ZX on... More »

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