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Crashes involving large trucks

The individuals in Mississippi who are in the most danger from large truck accidents are the drivers and passengers of smaller vehicles. Whether or not car drivers are taking every precaution while driving, they are susceptible to being injured if the operator of the truck is distracted or driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Because of the vast differences in the size of the vehicles, there is a higher chance that serious injuries or death will occur.

Your gut feeling and other signs might signal elder abuse

It was probably a heart-wrenching decision to put your elderly parent in a nursing home. It can be difficult to trust others to care for your loved one, but the care your parent needs had become too much for you to manage on your own. However, like many other Mississippi residents, you may have concerns over whether your loved one is receiving the highest level of care. What if he or she is being abused or neglected?

People who fail to take their ADHD medications may cause wrecks

In Mississippi, people who are diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder can face distraction on the road. Past studies have shown that people who have ADHD are more likely to be involved in car accidents than are people who do not have the disorder. A new study shows that people who take medication to control their symptoms are less likely to get in car accidents.

Wildlife collisions increase with shorter daylight hours

Drivers in Mississippi will want to exercise more caution around areas where wildlife is present. The reason is that with the shorter days after the clocks were turned back, wildlife may be harder to spot on the roadside. Bears will appear in search of food before hibernation, and deer will be up and around since autumn is their peak mating season. Wildlife is commonly most active between dusk and dawn.

NHTSA faces roadblocks to driverless car safety regulations

In early October, a Senate committee approved a bill that will grant exemptions to automakers for up to 80,000 self-driving cars produced annually in the next three years. These exemptions, which will speed up the production and testing of such vehicles, are applied to current auto safety guidelines. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will be granting the waivers and formulating new regulations at the same time. However, the agency has hit a bit of a roadblock, which means that Mississippi residents may not see self-driving cars on the road anytime soon.

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