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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.

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.

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