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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.

Steps after a vehicle accident

Michigan motor vehicle accidents can occur to anyone at any time. It is important that drivers know what steps they should take in the aftermath of one, even if they are not at fault. This helps in safeguarding their rights and interests if the other party flees the scene, does not report the accident denies the account of the non-at-fault driver or is simply uncooperative.

Chain reaction crash in Michigan kills 2 and injures 10

Police in Michigan have reported that two women were killed in a chain-reaction crash involving five vehicles on June 3. Initial reports suggested that the accident may have been caused by road rage, and state troopers say that their investigation is far from complete. The accident took place on the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 near the Mack Avenue exit ramp in Detroit at about 11:00 a.m.

The rates of child auto fatalities

Michigan parents may not be aware that the South has the highest rate of children under the age of 15 being killed in a car crash, while the Northeast has the lowest rate. This is according to a joint study conducted by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Harvard University.

Device may identify drivers distracted by phones

Michigan motorists who use their phones while driving and cause crashes as a result may be more easily identified if a tool known as the "textalyzer" comes into widespread use by law enforcement. Inspired by the Breathalyzer, the textalyzer can be attached to a phone. In just a few moments, it can identify the last actions of the driver on the phone, such as texting or swiping on apps, and whether that action was hands-free.

3-vehicle wreck leaves 1 dead, 3 injured

A Michigan woman is dead following a three-car crash in Easton Township on the afternoon of April 25. An adult and two children involved in the accident suffered injuries and were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. According to the report, the accident happened shortly after 1:30 p.m. just outside of Ionia as a 70-year-old Ionia man driving a southbound Chevy Suburban on N. State Road smashed into to the back of a Ford Fusion, which was stopped as the driver, a 71-year old woman, was waiting to turn left. The impact forced the Fusion into the opposite lane and into the path of a Jeep Cherokee, killing the Fusion driver.

Car accidents can also cause mental health injuries

Auto accidents are among one of the most frequent causes of injury in Michigan and across the United States. The injuries caused by car accidents include visible damage, including broken bones and head wounds. However, auto accidents can also cause emotional and mental health injuries, including post-traumatic stress disorder.

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