Every year throughout Mississippi and the rest of the U.S., 2 million car accident patients are sent to emergency rooms. Many of them suffer from internal abdominal trauma, usually incurring injury to the liver and spleen. In mild or moderate injuries, the symptoms are limited to blood clots and shallow lacerations. However, severe cases may require immediate surgery.
The number of road users killed in the U.S. has risen alarmingly in recent years, and a coalition of federal agencies and road safety advocacy groups has been organized by the National Safety Council to combat the problem. The Road to Zero Coalition has set itself the lofty goal of completely eliminating motor vehicle accident by 2050, and some experts feel that the advent of autonomous vehicle technology in Mississippi and around the country could help the coalition to achieve this goal.
The results of a recent road safety study suggest that drivers in Mississippi may be the most distracted motorists in the nation. The technology startup Zendrive used anonymized customer data to determine how long drivers in various parts of the country spend on their phones each day, and the figures indicate that motorists in the Magnolia State spend almost 8 percent of their time using mobile devices to send text messages or make phone calls.
Mississippi drivers who are daydreaming might be as dangerous than drivers who are on their cellphones according to a study by Erie Insurance. The study looked at nationwide data in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System and the reasons determined by law enforcement for fatal car accidents.
Advances in self-driving vehicle technology are exciting to many people in Mississippi and across the country who hope that autonomous cars can help to make the roadways safer and cut down on car accidents. However, accidents, injuries and fatalities linked to autonomous vehicles have also received a great deal of publicity, especially as the technology remains in a developmental stage. While some have blamed automation for these crashes, one expert points out that the human influence on automated vehicles could be one of the greatest risks for unsafe driving.
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.
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.
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.
Mississippi drivers who text and drive aren't the only ones who cause accidents. Motorists who drive while they're sleepy cause accidents, too. The problem of drowsy drivers apparently is worse than people think.
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.