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Traffic deaths remain high in 2018

Drivers in Mississippi and around the country might be somewhat safer on the road than they were a year ago, but overall, deaths from traffic-related accidents continue to be high. According to the National Safety Council, in 2018, there were still more than 40,000 people killed in motor vehicle accidents although the number was down 1 percent from 2017. However, the number of people seriously injured in crashes went up to 4.5 million, a 1 percent increase from the previous year.

The top causes of car wrecks

While a Mississippi car wreck can have a variety of causes, simple human error is the most common reason. Distracted driving is one danger that has become more and more widespread due to advances in phones and other technology. Even more basic activities like eating, drinking and conversing with passengers can constitute a distraction.

Speeding can be deadly on the roads

People in Mississippi and across the country continue to face serious risks on the road due to excessive speed. In fact, speeding drivers are a factor in nearly 33 percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents, according to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). Despite the fact that speed takes thousands of lives every year, speeding is commonly accepted on the roads and is not met with the public revulsion that accompanies drunk or distracted driving.

Study says distracted drivers are using phones in riskier ways

Many drivers in Mississippi use their phones to talk while driving. Since this compromises one's ability to process what they see ahead of them, it constitutes a distraction. Unfortunately, though distracted driving rates have not changed much, drivers are now using their phones in riskier ways. This was the conclusion of a recent report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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