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Drivers believe texting should be illegal

Although many Minnesota drivers feel that they themselves can safely drive and text at the same time, they are not as confident about the texting and driving abilities of others. For example, even though a survey showed that more than 60 percent of drivers between the ages of 18 and 34 were confident in their skills, 90 percent of all motorists who responded believed that texting and driving should be illegal.

Collision avoidance systems reduce the number of car crashes

Many Minnesota drivers may have heard about certain warning systems that are being installed in vehicles. However, they may also be interested to learn that less than 9 percent of all new vehicles being sold come with these warning systems as part of their standard equipment, even though they have been shown to reduce the number of car accidents that occur on the nation's roadways.

Self-driving cars get a reality check

It may be a while before Minnesota drivers share the road with fully autonomous vehicles that guide themselves without human assistance. Even as companies such as General Motors, Intel, Google, Tesla, and Uber invest billions of dollars into the research and development of self-driving technology, current forecasts that suggest highways will soon be filled with autonomous vehicles might be a few decades off.

Roads more dangerous when employment increases

Minnesota residents may be at a higher risk of getting into a car accident in a late-model vehicle according to data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This is because a stronger economy means more drivers as well as increasingly risky behavior while on the road. The driver death rate for the model year 2014 was 30 per million registered vehicles, which is up from 28 per million registered vehicles from the 2011 model year.

What to do after a car crash caused by someone else

When a Minnesota driver gets into a car accident, it may be an unnerving experience. However, the best thing to do is to stay calm and first make sure that everyone is alright. If someone is hurt, that person should not be moved unless it is unsafe to remain in the vehicle. It may be a good idea to call the police who may be able to complete an accident report or provide other assistance.

Distraction a factor in one in four Minnesota accidents

Using a cellphone or other electronic device to send or receive text messages while behind the wheel is a violation of Minnesota law, but this kind of legislative action has done little to stem a worrying surge in distracted driving in recent years. Driver distraction plays a role in one in four motor vehicle accidents in Minnesota, and figures from the state's Office of Traffic Safety reveal that these crashes claim at least 70 lives each year.

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.

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