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June 2018 Archives

GHSA probes link between drug use and fatal car crashes

Though studies on the effect of drugs on driver performance are limited by certain methodological flaws, one thing is clear: drugs, though their effect may be different from driver to driver, can lead to impairment and increase crash risk. Marijuana, for example, is estimated to increase it by 25 to 35 percent. Mississippi residents should know about a study from the Governors Highway Safety Association that probes the link between drug use and fatal car crashes.

Is the nursing home chemically restraining your parent?

If your parent resides in a Mississippi nursing home because (s)he suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or some other type of mental disability, you likely live with the nagging doubt and worry that (s)he may not receive the care (s)he needs and to which (s)he is entitled. This does not make you a worrywart. It makes you a concerned son or daughter who loves his or her parent.

Truck driver fatigue can lead to crashes

There are more large trucks than ever on the road, and for Mississippi drivers, this can be a serious safety concern. When a large truck is involved in a collision, the consequences can be severe for the other pedestrians or vehicles involved, especially given the mass and weight of semi-trucks and 18-wheelers. The risk of an accident is significantly increased when a truck driver takes the road outside of their mandated hours of service, because drivers who have been on the road for too long can become fatigued.

Researchers blame distracted driving trends on smartphones

Motorists in Mississippi likely notice other drivers looking at their smartphones behind the wheel. This behavior has increased in recent years and contributed to the growing problem of distracted driving. A vice president at Cambridge Mobile Telematics said that smartphone addiction compels people to engage with their devices while driving despite the dangers. A study of 65 million vehicle trips conducted by the organization concluded that 36 percent of trips over a six-month period involved distracted drivers. This represented a 5 percent increase compared to the same period a year earlier.

2016 saw 3 percent rise in fatal truck crashes, says FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has just released a data drill-down report that may be of interest to drivers in Mississippi, especially operators of large commercial vehicles. Entitled "2016 Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts," the report shows that the year in question saw a 3 percent rise in the number of fatal large-truck collisions -- 4,213 compared to the previous year's 4,074.

Tesla CEO angered by coverage of self-driving car crashes

The CEO of Tesla, along with its supporters and investors, has been critical lately of the way the news media cover accidents involving the company's semiautonomous vehicles. Residents of Mississippi should know what is behind such criticisms because they are often casually repeated by journalists and apt to result in uninformed opinions.

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