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New technology to identify cell usage before a crash

As traffic accidents rise, legislators have begun looking at ways to identify the factors involved in them. Minnesota drivers are likely aware that one of the recurring factors in fatal traffic collisions is illegal cellphone usage, which is very difficult to prove. However, there is technology being developed, which, if adopted, might make this much easier on authorities.

Tailgating and liability

Minnesota motorists should be aware that if they follow too closely behind the vehicle in front of them, they may be held liable for any resulting accident. In order to exercise due care when driving, drivers should maintain a safe distance between themselves and the vehicle in front of them and be ready to come to a stop before striking it.

Crash-related soft tissue injuries

Due to the thousands of vehicle collisions that occur each year on roadways in Minnesota and across the U.S., many people sustain soft tissue injuries, which constitute the most common type of crash-related trauma. They range from bruises and sprains to serious back, neck and head injuries.

Potential effects of self-driving cars

The number of self-driving automobiles being tested or under development is increasing. Along with vehicles that completely handle road driving, many cars and trucks have computer programs that allow them to park and back out of driveways. Since software isn't susceptible to driver impairment or fatigue, increasing numbers of computer-driven vehicles could make Minnesota roads safer.

What to Do If You Have Been Injured in a Car Accident

Anyone who has ever been in a car understands car accidents are a legitimate risk anytime someone gets in a motor vehicle. While car accidents can range in severity from the smallest of fender benders to the largest of multi-car pileups, even the smallest of car accidents can result in serious injuries.

Snapchat speed filter linked to accident that killed 5

Law enforcement agencies and road safety advocates in Minnesota and around the country are becoming increasingly concerned about a popular social media platform that they say is placing road users at risk. The messaging application Snapchat has become wildly popular among young people because it allows them to enhance the photographs and videos they upload by applying filters, but police in Florida say that one of these filters contributed to an Oct. 26 motor vehicle accident that left five people dead.

Intracranial Bleeding: A Common, Serious Car Accident Injury

People who have driven a car have undoubtedly experienced that both bad drivers and bad luck can cause car accidents. Unfortunately, even the smallest of car accidents can result in serious medical injuries. These injuries can be expensive and place families under a significant amount of financial stress.

AAA warns against dangers of driving drowsy

Minnesota drivers who sleep only five or six hours in a 24-hour period are two times more likely to have a car accident compared to drivers who sleep seven or more hours, according to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The data was compiled from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey. The study looked at serious crashes in which drivers asked how much they had slept in the past 24 hours. The director of Traffic Safety Advocacy & Research for AAA said that people should not be driving unless they have slept for at least seven hours.

Minnesota drivers and the most dangerous states for driving

While Minnesota did not make the list of the top 10 most dangerous states to drive in, residents should still be aware of the risks in other states. Overall, the number of fatal accidents in the United States has declined since 2004. Nonetheless, rural states such as Wyoming have significant accident-related death rates of 25.7 deaths per 100,000 people. This is significantly more than twice the national average.

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