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Drowsy driving is similar to impaired driving

The American Sleep Foundation states that almost half the adult drivers in Michigan and the rest of the United States confess to repeatedly driving while feeling sleepy. Almost 20 percent of the drivers surveyed admitted that during some time in the last year, they fell asleep while driving. Forty percent of the drivers stated that they experienced falling asleep behind the wheel more than once since they began driving.

Ride-share drivers at risk of drowsy driving accidents

Many people in Michigan rely on ride-share apps, including Uber and Lyft, to help them to get to where they need to go. While these apps may provide a low-cost mode of transportation and are much safer than driving after drinking, there is a danger that the drivers may be drowsy.

Autonomous vehicles may have human weaknesses

Much of the developing technology related to autonomous vehicles is driven by the potential of enhanced safety. In fact, some self-driving car manufacturers in Michigan dream of a future without car accidents. At the same time, others are concerned that autonomous vehicles may have problematic decision-making capacities. One notable professor argues that the greatest risk to the safety of autonomous vehicles is the involvement of human beings in developing the technology.

The symptoms of soft tissue injuries

Soft tissue refers to muscles, ligaments and tendons. Unfortunately, these non-bony parts of the body can be easily torn, strained, sprained or bruised through sudden, jolting movements of the body. That's why Michigan drivers who have been in car accidents should know about the symptoms of soft tissue injuries.

What is the penalty in Michigan for texting while driving?

In our last post, we talked about self-driving and autonomous vehicles, and how these vehicles are poised to change the way we think about getting from point A to point B. Self-driving cars will also dramatically change safety out on the roads, as these vehicles are supposed to cut down on the number of accidents that occur by significant numbers. If that does happen, they will be a massive breakthrough.

Self-driving car technology is already available

Road safety advocates say that autonomous vehicles could one day virtually eliminate motor vehicle accidents in Michigan and around the country. While cars lacking steering wheels and pedals may still be several years away from dealer showrooms, the research being done by companies like Google, Tesla and Volvo is already preventing crashes and saving lives. Even modestly priced cars, SUVs and pickup trucks are now available with systems that watch blind spots, prevent skids and can actually brake or steer automatically in emergency situations, but some experts worry that having this kind of technology at their disposal could encourage drivers to act recklessly.

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