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How people may be injured in a car crash

Michigan residents and others who are involved in an auto accident may sustain a variety of injuries. Common injuries include brain trauma and whiplash. Neck and back pain might also be felt in the aftermath of a car crash. The types of injuries that a person experience depends on where the vehicle was struck, and how severe a person's injuries are depend partially on the speed at which it was hit.

The dangers of drowsy driving

According to research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drowsy driving may play a significant role in auto accidents. Michigan residents and others may be even more susceptible to drowsy driving crashes at night. The study followed over 3,500 people from six different locations at different periods between October 2010 and December 2013. Researchers analyzed data from 701 different accidents, and they found that up to 9.5 percent of those crashes were caused by drowsy driving.

The NHTSA and drugged driving

Michigan motorists who are concerned about road safety may be interested in an upcoming summit being held by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency is taking strides to address the increase in motor vehicle accidents caused by drugged driving. Handling the issue has become particularly urgent with the widespread use of opioids in the country and the increasing number of states legalizing marijuana.

Time limits for reporting vehicle accidents

Whether or not they are at fault, Michigan residents who are involved in a motor vehicle accident should be aware of what steps they should take afterwards and how soon they should take them. It is particularly important that they are aware of the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit.

What to do in a road rage incident

While drivers in Michigan have the ability to control themselves during road rage incidents, they don't control the actions of others. However, it may be possible to take steps to either deescalate the situation or avoid it entirely. For instance, drivers should avoid honking the horn or making gestures toward other drivers if they are cut off. Doing so could only make a potentially angry person angrier.

Study finds roundabouts reduce fatalities

Replacing intersections in Michigan and around the country with roundabouts would greatly reduce accident fatalities but also lead to a surge in minor crashes according to a study by the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Researchers looked at how building roundabouts affected road safety at 144 intersections in that state, and they discovered that fatal crashes fell by 86 percent while property damage-only accidents increased by as much as 200 percent.

Shorter days may mean more wildlife-related accidents

Michigan motorists should know that they are at a higher risk for wildlife-related accidents in the autumn. Autumn happens to be, among other things, the peak mating season for deer, and bears are also lurking around for the calories they need before hibernation. From dusk to dawn, wildlife is increasingly on the move.

Safety guidelines for driverless cars on hold

A bill approved by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation in early October has given the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration a decade in which to write permanent safety regulations for self-driving cars. Michigan motorists should know that it could be years before they see such vehicles on the roads. The NHTSA has stated in a report, which it will make public by the end of November, that it requires more input from organizations regarding the type of research it should conduct.

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