Mississippi residents with concerns about distracted driving should be aware of a JAMA Psychiatry study that shows ADHD medication greatly reduces the chances a driver with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder will get in a car accident. The study examined more than 2.3 million Americans and demonstrated that up to 22.1 percent of car crashes may not have happened if the drivers had received ADHD medication.
Emergency rooms in Mississippi and around the country treat about 2 million car accident victims each year, and many of these road users are admitted because of blunt force abdominal trauma. Two of the organs most commonly damaged in automobile accidents are the liver and spleen. However, wearing a seat belt reduces the risks of suffering such an injury by more than 20 percent, according to a study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health that was recently published.
The World Health Organization has ranked traffic crashes as the No. 8 leading cause of death globally. While drivers in Mississippi can feel confident that road safety laws are adequately protecting them, this is not the case in many countries. The 2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety, released in December by WHO, shows that those in low-income countries are three times more likely to die in a traffic crash than residents in high-income countries.
Mississippi residents who keep up with advances in car safety tech may be aware of external airbags. While other systems that predict crashes will tighten seatbelts or adjust the suspension, the systems linked to external airbags provide a more drastic solution. However, this solution can limit the risks associated with side impact crashes.
Changes in winter weather patterns have meant that even drivers in Mississippi need to be concerned about winter driving. Winter driving brings unique dangers because icy winter conditions can appear out of nowhere. Modern vehicles have been equipped with traction control and other safety features to protect drivers, passengers and pedestrians from unforeseen occurrences that can take place during the winter.
The National Safety Council has released a report called "Undercounted is Underinvested: How Incomplete Crash Reports Impact Efforts to Save Lives." The results are startling: No state has fields or codes for the police to record all the possible factors in car crashes. Referring to various government and traffic safety organizations, the NSC identified 23 crash factors. Mississippi residents will want to know which states fare the best.
Mississippi residents should know that the risk for a fatal car crash triples at night, according to the National Safety Council. The following are just a few reasons why driving at night is more dangerous than driving at any other time of day, and they are worth keeping in mind as drivers adapt to the end of Daylight Saving Time.
Bright sunlight is a danger to drivers in Mississippi, as in every other state, because it can create visual illusions, temporarily blind drivers and slow their reaction times. Drivers are actually 16 percent more at risk for a fatal accident when traveling in bright sunlight than in normal weather. By following the tips given below, they can reduce that risk.
The vehicle management and reimbursement platform Motus has released its 2018 Distracted Driving Report, which focuses on the mobile workforce. Mobile workers are on the road 49 percent more often than any other type of employee in the U.S., so it's important that they stay away from distractions. Mississippi motorists will want to know about the conclusions that Motus has reached.
Young drivers in Mississippi could learn valuable lessons by participating in risk reduction programs that combine classroom learning with trips to morgues, intensive care units and emergency rooms. This was the conclusion reached by researchers from Baylor University after observing a group of 21 teen drivers as they participated in such a program in Texas. However, the researchers were not able to establish if learning about driving dangers led to more responsible behavior behind the wheel.