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2 dead in 4-vehicle accident

On July 14, an associate coach at Michigan State University was taken into custody after he was involved in a car accident. The 37-year-old Holt resident was believed to have caused the chain-reaction crash after he became distracted while behind the wheel.

Speed and car crash risk, study shows strong link

Drivers in Michigan may be surprised to learn that higher speed limits set by states are directly correlated with increased traffic fatalities. A study by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety quantifies the relationship by showing a 4 percent increase in deaths attributed to car accidents for every 5 mph increase in the speed limit. The larger number of fatalities suggests similar increases in catastrophic injuries and minor injuries resulting from accidents.

Increased congestion driving accident fatalities up

The roads in Michigan and other U.S. states have become more congested in recent years as plummeting fuel costs and a thriving economy have prompted more Americans to travel, and this has resulted in an alarming spike in traffic accident fatalities despite major advances in automotive design and safety systems. Economic experts generally agree that the economy will continue to perform well in the years ahead, and most road safety advocates expect fatality figures to fall only slightly if jobs remain plentiful and gas prices remain low.

Driverless vehicles may not be ready for Michigan roads

Those who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of more autonomous vehicles may want to be patient for a while longer. Even though Congressional legislation may increase the number of driverless autos that get tested on open roads from 2,500 to 100,000 per year, concerned safety groups think that manufacturers and legislators need to slow down.

3 ways to help prevent Michigan bicycle accidents

School is out, warm weather is here and you are riding your bike all around town. While riding a bike is economical, healthy and environmentally friendly, sharing city roads with vehicles is also dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 68 percent of cyclist fatalities in 2013 occurred in urban areas, a rate that has steadily increased over the years.

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