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Drowsy driving linked to Daylight Saving Time

Drivers in Mississippi should know that drowsy driving accounts for nearly a tenth of all car accidents in the U.S., according to a traffic safety study by AAA. The same organization has just released a study suggesting an increase in drowsy driving right after Daylight Saving Time. The reasons are obvious enough as springing forward cuts out an hour of valuable sleep time. However, AAA does have some good suggestions for avoiding drowsiness on the road.

The nature of soft tissue injuries

Injuries to soft tissues, such as the muscles, tendons and ligaments, are all too common in car accidents. The impact of a crash followed by the bracing of the body and sudden braking can lead the soft tissues to stretch, resulting in soreness, strains, sprains and even tears. Victims of soft tissue injuries in Mississippi will want to know more about the nature of this type of trauma.

A guide to making roads safer

The roads may pose dangers to Mississippi residents and others throughout America. In 2016, there was a 5.6 percent increase in traffic deaths from 2015, and there were 39 states that reported an increase in traffic deaths within their borders. According to a new report from the National Governors Association, there are many ideas being proposed that could help to make roadways safer.

How to avoid distractions on the road

A recent survey found that 52 percent of drivers with smartphones have used their devices while on the road. Smartphone use is a major factor in distracted driving, which may in turn be a cause behind the recent increase in traffic deaths -- a trend that can be seen in Mississippi and across the U.S.

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.

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.

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.

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