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How to end distracted driving among truck drivers

Drivers in Mississippi and elsewhere are more distracted by their cell phones than ever before, according to a recent study by AAA. While the thought of a distracted driver behind the wheel of a passenger vehicle is scary enough, the notion of a distracted truck driver operating a 26,000-pound vehicle is downright terrifying.

For-profit nursing homes more likely to be neglectful

Families in Mississippi may be concerned about the standard of care their elderly parents and other loved ones are receiving in nursing homes. Reports of nursing home neglect and abuse can send chills up the spines of even the most dedicated family members who have thoroughly researched their elderly relatives' care providers. According to one study, residents in for-profit nursing homes are almost twice as likely to have health problems as a result of negligent or substandard care than those living in nonprofit facilities or community homes.

Nursing home abuses impact our most vulnerable citizens

Reports of neglect in Mississippi nursing homes and throughout the country are increasing at an alarming rate. Investigations of these incidents typically reveal the problems to be due to understaffing, a lack of training provided to the staff or a combination of both. Far more pernicious is the rise of intentional abuse inflicted on the elderly residents by their caretakers.

Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury among older Americans

Leaving a loved one in the care of a Mississippi nursing home or assisted living facility is rarely easy. However, it can prove less emotionally taxing if you have complete faith that the facility and its staff members do everything they can to protect residents from harm. Unfortunately, however, this is not always the case, and many American nursing homes have issues relating to understaffing, insufficient training and so on. Additionally, many nursing homes drop the ball when it comes to protecting residents from falls, which are one of the biggest health and wellness-related issues commonly experienced by today’s seniors.

Large truck crashes increase as overall rate declines

The number of traffic fatalities in Mississippi and throughout the nation dropped by 1.9 percent between 2016 and 2017, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, the number of traffic fatalities involving large trucks increased by 9 percent. A large truck is defined as a vehicle that weighs more than 10,000 pounds. According to a member of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), many of these accidents involved trucks weighing between 10,000 and 14,000 pounds.

Avoiding accidents with large trucks

Big rigs pose a special danger for drivers in Mississippi due to their size and weight. Drivers who rear-end a truck are liable to slide under it, and trucks that rear-end cars are liable to ride over it. In either case, it is the car occupants who usually die. It should also be kept in mind that trucks take much longer to come to a stop than vehicles and have a lot of blind spots ("no-zones").

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