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Nursing homes may see relief from fines

Health care facilities in Mississippi and throughout America may benefit from a new Trump administration policy. He is rolling back fines that were levied against nursing homes that had been cited for abuse or neglect in the past. During the Obama administration, two-thirds of nursing homes that were cited for severe violations received fines. Under the new policy, homes will either not be fined or will receive smaller ones.

How to talk to a loved one about nursing home abuse

There are numerous signs of nursing home abuse to watch out for when you have a loved one in an assisted care facility. Some of the more obvious signs include poor hygiene, bruising or open wounds, but it is also critical to look out for changes in behavior and emotional withdrawal. 

Side protection may soon become requirement for trucks

A bipartisan proposal for a bill called the Stop Underrides Act of 2017 is making its way through Congress. If passed, it will mandate that all commercial trucks install side underride guards. Drivers in Mississippi may be aware that underrides are a frequent outcome of truck accidents. In 2016, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 295 car occupants were killed in side underride crashes, and 238 died in rear underride crashes.

NTSB says speeding is killing Americans

Fatalities caused by car accidents have been on the rise across the United States. Mississippi residents may be interested in the reason for this, though that is something that experts don't agree on. Some blame the higher numbers of deaths on the fact that there are simply more people driving, while others blame distractions. But the National Transportation Safety Board says that there is a definite single cause of the increase in traffic deaths: speeding.

How to handle an accident involving a rideshare driver

If an Uber or Lyft driver causes an accident in Mississippi, injured victims may have recourse. However, they will generally take action against the driver who caused the accident as opposed to the rideshare company. This is because rideshare drivers are generally classified as independent contractors rather than employees. Passengers who are hurt in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver are urged to call 911 and document as much about the crash as possible.

Safe driving means understanding right-of-way laws

Mississippi residents can keep themselves and others on the road safe by understanding who has the right of way in a given situation. For instance, at a four-way stop, drivers exit the intersection in the same way that they entered. If two vehicles enter an intersection at the same time, the one on the right side generally gets to go first. When approaching a roundabout, it is a good idea to wait until there is sufficient space to enter.

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