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Wheelchair users face greater danger in collisions with cars

People in Minnesota and throughout the country who are in wheelchairs are more likely than other pedestrians to die after being hit by a car, according to a recent study. Researchers at Georgetown University looked at reports of car accidents in the LexisNexis database and data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and found that wheelchair users were 36 percent more likely to die in collisions. The data was from the years 2006 to 2012, and about 528 wheelchair users died in that time.

Safety tips for Minnesota cyclists

Cyclists are extremely vulnerable on the roads of Minnesota, and their safety is largely dependent on drivers remaining alert and obeying the state's traffic laws. They can be killed or catastrophically injured in a collision with a car, truck or sports utility vehicle, but there are a number of steps that cyclists can take that could reduce their chances of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.

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