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.
Distracted driving is a huge problem for Minnesota drivers. Numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal distraction as a factor in 14 percent of all traffic accident reports with unofficial estimates being much higher. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nine people die each day because of distracted driving. With the ubiquity of smartphones and an ever-connected population, the problem will not go away on its own.
In 2017, the National Transportation Safety Board released a report stating that the rise in traffic deaths is due not to distractions or new technology but to speeding. By analyzing crash data from 2005 to 2014, the NTSB found that speeding caused approximately 31 percent of all traffic fatalities in that period. Drivers in Minnesota will want to know about how the NTSB proposes to address the increase.
The Trump administration has designated December 2017 as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, which should interest those in Minnesota who wonder what they can do to lower the number of fatalities due to alcohol. Many are not aware that having even one drink could qualify as impairment, so it's important to also raise awareness of the trend.
Minnesota motorists always face a risk of accident or injury when behind the wheel. However, a study by the Minnesota Department of Transportation has found that roundabouts can help to improve traffic safety and cut the number of fatal car crashes. This has been a belief of traffic engineers for some time, but is borne out by the study's results.
Thousands of Americans die every year in car crashes, and many of them caused by distracted driving. One small but critical factor in distracted driving is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Minnesota motorists should know about a study published by JAMA Psychiatry that shows the relationship between ADHD-related crashes and medication.
Although shift work has been linked with weak immune systems, high blood pressure, and conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes, it is also leading to more car accidents in Minnesota and across the United States. The reason is that disruptions in the sleep-wake cycle contribute to greater drowsiness during the day.
The roads in Minnesota and around the country are becoming increasingly dangerous according to a fatal accident report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The federal road safety agency says that traffic accidents in the United States claimed the lives of 37,461 people in 2016, which is an increase of 5.6 percent over 2015 figures and the nation's highest road death toll in nine years.