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August 2016 Archives

Preventing truck accidents with lower speed limits

A proposed federal regulation may result in large vehicles such as buses and tractor-trailers being forced to travel at a lower speed limit than other vehicles in Mississippi and throughout the country. The proposal, which has been put forth by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, would reduce speeds to around 60 to 68 miles per hour for new vehicles with a weight higher than 26,000 pounds. The agencies will decide upon the exact number after receiving public comments.

Important vehicle accident documents

A Mississippi car accident victim looking to file a personal injury lawsuit should be aware of the different documents they will have to provide to their attorney. These documents are necessary for the attorney to effectively represent a client and facilitate the legal process.

How to combat drowsy driving in Mississippi

In 2015, motor vehicle deaths in the United States were up 7.7 percent. According to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, drowsy driving results in 5,000 of those deaths each year that lead to societal costs of $109 billion. Drowsy driving may be especially dangerous because the full extent of the problem is not yet understood. This is partially because there is no set procedures for law enforcement to determine if a driver is drowsy.

Efforts increased to keep drivers safe

Operation Safe Driver Week is set to take place from Oct. 16 through Oct. 22 and will involve law enforcement agencies in Mississippi and throughout North America. The goal is to educate drivers of both commercial trucks and passenger vehicles about unsafe driving behaviors and how to correct them. According to a study from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, driver behavior played a role in 88 percent of commercial truck accidents.

Members of Congress seek added protections for nursing home residents

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a federal agency, is in the process of overhauling the federal regulations that govern nursing homes. The CMS is expected to release these regulations in September 2016. In anticipation, 32 members of Congress have asked the CMS to change some of the proposed regulations. In a letter dated July 20, 2016, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D- IL) along with 31 other members of Congress, asked the CMS to make the following rules:

Distracted driving goes beyond texting

Many Mississippi drivers know that texting while driving is dangerous. However, as phone technology has dramatically improved over the past decade, drivers are finding other ways to become distracted. Some drivers operate their vehicles while on popular phone apps, such as Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook. These apps, in addition to the widespread "Pokémon Go" are blamed for causing multiple accidents.

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