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December 2016 Archives

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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