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December 2017 Archives

Drowsy driving, rolling stops and other car accident causes

Fatalities on the road are increasing with deadly motor vehicle accidents going up 8 percent in 2015 and over 40,000 deaths in 2016. A car accident involving a person in Mississippi may be caused by one of six common scenarios. One of those is a driver drifting out of the lane or off the road. This accounts for about 33 percent of car accidents.

How inadequate supervision in nursing homes can lead to neglect

Nursing homes and assisted living centers in Jackson are often the solution many people use when they are unable to provide their elderly relatives with the care and supervision they require. It does not mean they do not love them any less. They simply want to ensure their older relatives can continue living the quality of life they deserve and hold onto their independence for as long as possible. 

Study reveals the safety benefits of roundabouts

Far fewer Mississippi residents would be killed on the roads if complex intersections in the state were replaced with roundabouts according to a report published on Oct. 30. A research team from the Minnesota Department of Transportation studied how many accidents took place at 144 junctions in the North Star State before and after roundabouts were built, and they discovered that fatalities fell dramatically while property damage crashes soared when traffic circles replaced stop signs and signals.

Promoting impaired driving awareness in December

Nov. 30, the White House issued a proclamation stating that December 2017 is to be designated as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Impaired driving can impact the lives of drivers, passengers and pedestrians; even one drink can negatively affect driver performance. Residents of Mississippi and the rest of the U.S. have ways to combat and prevent this trend.

Concussions a major cause of death and disability

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that can usually be detected only by the symptoms it produces. Every year in Mississippi and across the U.S., about 250,000 people are hospitalized, and about 50,000 die because of traumatic brain injuries. Concussions lead about 1.8 million people to the emergency rooms every year while an estimated 2 million either do not seek treatment for their concussions or visit an outpatient clinic.

Nursing home abuse and neglect statistics are staggering

Many Mississippi residents have loved ones that are in nursing homes and may be shocked by the prevalence of nursing home neglect and abuse. A recent congressional report highlighted the extent of the problem, pointing to a need for major reforms.

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