A number of truck accidents involving tire blowouts triggered a National Highway Traffic Safety investigation last year. Truckers had reported 16 incidents involving specific Michelin tires. While there were only three crashes -- with no injuries -- it is not hard to understand the drivers' and their employers' concern.
Statistics can be tricky, in part, because they don't always tell the full story. Without proper context, statistics can be misleading - and that's sometimes the intent of those who cite them. Here's a good example: The number of medical malpractice lawsuits filed in Pennsylvania courts last year was roughly 50 percent fewer than were filed just over a decade ago.