According to the Sleep in America poll by the National Sleep Foundation, 60 percent of adults admit to driving drowsy, and 37 percent admit to falling asleep behind the wheel. The same foundation put out a Sleep Health Index revealing that around 7 million Americans admitted to falling asleep at the wheel within a two-week period. Minnesota residents who have experienced drowsiness on the road will want to know what its effects are.
Minnesota residents will want to be careful on the roads when the Fourth of July weekend comes up. There are approximately 200 highway deaths each year from June 30 to July 4; in fact, 40 percent of all highway deaths between 2007 and 2011 take place during this five-day period, according to Esurance and the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. The common factor in these deaths is alcohol intoxication.
Minnesota readers may be shocked to learn that approximately 9 people are killed and 1,000 people are hurt in distracted driving car accidents each day across the United States. This is happening despite state campaigns intended to educate the public on the dangers of texting and driving. As a result, some safety advocates are pushing for stronger punishments for those who engage in the behavior.
Many people are treated for crash-related injuries in Minnesota emergency rooms every year. Many of those injuries involve the liver, an organ that humans cannot survive without. According to a study, seat belts do not completely prevent liver injuries, but they can help reduce their severity.
While Minnesota residents may be less distracted using a wearable device to send or receive text messages while driving, it doesn't make the endeavor any safer. This is among the findings of a study that had 20 people send and receive text messages with either a smartphone or a Google Glass device while in a driving simulator.
Some Minnesota motorists might own a Cadillac that tracks the alertness of drivers when it is in semi-autonomous mode. Some experts say this kind of tracking software could be installed in all autonomous vehicles to make sure the backup driver is paying attention to the road, and this could prevent accidents such as the one in which a self-driving Uber hit and killed a pedestrian. The video camera in that car indicated that the driver's attention had lapsed.
Minnesota motorists may have heard that an autonomous Uber vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona. One of the reasons for that fatality may be that the vehicle's software was copying human behavior, according to a computer professor at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University.
When car accidents occur in Minnesota, victims may be injured even if they do not initially realize it. There are several types of injuries that have delayed symptoms. These injuries might not show symptoms for hours or days following an accident. Therefore, it's best for crash victims to see their doctors right away to determine if they have been injured.
There is a range of injuries that Minnesota residents can sustain in a car accident. The type of injuries that a driver or passenger may suffer from a crash can be affected by a number of factors, including the type of collision, location of the impact and physical position of the driver or passenger in the vehicle. These factors can make all the difference between whether someone experiences severe or mild injuries as a result of an auto accident.
A report published by the National Governors Association aims to reduce the number of traffic deaths and injuries in Minnesota and elsewhere. This report comes as the number of traffic deaths increased in the United States in 2016. That year, there were 37,461 traffic deaths, which was a 5.6 percent increase over 2015. Furthermore, 39 states reported an increase in traffic deaths.