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August 2018 Archives

How drivers can stay safe during the school year

School season brings with it certain challenges to drivers, so it's important to remember the established safety practices. The following tips can help Mississippi residents stay safe on the road. The first part concerns what to do in heavy traffic.

How to talk to seniors about elder abuse

Nursing home abuse is far more prevalent than many people want to believe. According to a 2014 study conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 33 percent of nursing home residents suffered from some type of adverse, harmful effects. Out of that number, 59 percent of injuries were preventable. 

Semi-autonomous technologies may not prevent crashes

People in Mississippi may look forward to the development of newer electronic systems that can help cars and their drivers to have a safer experience on the road. These semi-autonomous driving systems have been widely publicized and are a major selling point for some vehicles. However, aware drivers are still critical to avoid dangerous crashes. Cars and trucks with these kinds of electronic systems intact may not always sense the presence of stopped vehicles, and if drivers rely on the system rather than their own awareness of the road, they could wind up in a serious crash.

NIH: teens more dangerous after getting their driver's licenses

Virginia Tech University and the National Institutes for Health collaborated on a study that analyzed teen driver behaviors before and after they obtained their licenses. Car crashes are the leading cause of death among 14- to 19-year-olds in Mississippi as in every other state, so both teens and parents will want to be familiar with what this study reveals.

Car crash victims should see a doctor to avoid permanent damage

Roads in Mississippi and throughout the nation tend to see more drivers throughout the summer months. Therefore, the odds of a motorist getting into an accident that could cause a traumatic brain injury are higher. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that car accidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries and other types of head injuries. Anyone who has been involved in an accident is urged to see a medical professional right away.

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