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August 2017 Archives

IIHS study lauds benefits of accident avoidance technology

Mississippi car buyers would be wise to equip their new vehicles with accident avoidance systems according to a study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Lane departure and blind spot warning systems are particularly effective at preventing sideswipe crashes and front-end collisions, and the nonprofit organization's study suggests that thousands of traffic accident injuries could be avoided each year in the United States if every vehicle was equipped with them.

Self-driving cars still have a long way to go

At the Toyota Motor manufacturing plant in Mississippi, a self-driving vehicle called OTTO 1500 zips around the facility delivering tires, dodging forklifts, pedestrians, and other vehicles driven by humans. Although this is a major tech development in the Magnolia State, drivers should not expect to be sharing the road with these types of vehicles anytime soon. Autonomous vehicle technology is developing at a very fast pace, but the current predictions about driverless cars crowding American highways over the next few years is probably overly optimistic.

FMCSA withdraws sleep apnea screening criteria

Mississippi truck drivers and their employers should be aware that a rule that would have established requirements for sleep apnea screening was officially withdrawn on Aug. 7. The rule would have given medical examiners, drivers and carriers the criteria needed to refer a driver to an in-lab apnea test as well as protocols for the treatment of the sleep apnea.

Repeal of nursing home rule could hurt residents

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, roughly 20 percent of the United States population will be 65 years or older by 2030. Many may need to spend at least some time in a nursing home. However, Mississippi residents and others may lose a critical protection if the federal government has its way. It intends to get rid of a ban on pre-dispute arbitration.

Using technology to fight drowsy driving

When Mississippi drivers take long road trips, staying awake can be a challenge especially if they are not well-rested to begin with. However, drowsy driving is extremely dangerous and is said to cause up to 6,000 fatal traffic accidents every year around the country. While coffee and energy drinks can provide drowsy drivers with temporary relief, others are working to find a more permanent solution.

What are less obvious signs of nursing home abuse?

Many senior citizens rely on the services of nursing homes. In fact, a report from the Department of Health and Human Services shows that in 2012, approximately 1.4 million seniors were living in assisted care facilities. As people get older, they are more likely to rely on the services of one of these residences.

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