The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that there was a 1% decrease in fatal roadway crashes from 2017 to 2018: from 37,133 fatalities to 36,750, to be specific. While it is not a dramatic decrease, it is better than the increase that occurred in 2015. Mississippi residents may remember that that year saw the first spike in fatalities since the 1960s.
In many ways, drivers in Mississippi are more protected from car crashes now than at any time in the past. Built-in safety technologies have been dramatically improved. However, rear-seat passengers may face more risks, especially as most safety innovations are designed to protect the driver and front-seat passenger. There are a number of reasons for these developments, including the fact that the rear seat is inherently safer in some types of collisions.
Negligence is a term that has a precise definition in legal practice. Knowing something about how negligence works in car accident cases could help Mississippi readers drive more safely or determine whether the other driver in a car wreck was negligent. In order for a determination of negligence by the court, the plaintiff must demonstrate a duty was breached by the defendant and that the breach directly caused the plaintiff's damages.
Getting behind the wheel of an automobile can end in a deadly accident, and in more than 90% of them, human error is to blame. Almost 100 people die every day in traffic-related accidents. The average annual death total from 2016 to 2018 was more than 40,000. Alcohol was a factor in around one-quarter of those fatalities. However, technology could be making the roads safer for people in Mississippi and throughout the country.
Most parents in Mississippi want what's best for their children. In order to achieve this goal, it's sometimes necessary to reinforce the importance of taking proper precautions, especially while driving. A good time to start such conversations is when teens are likely to be behind the wheel more often. For many teens, this comes right after high school graduation when they head off into the real world.
Motorists in Mississippi and other states are generally aware of the potential risk for car accidents when roads are covered with snow, ice and heavy rain. However, a new study suggests even light rain can increase the odds of being involved in a fatal crash for drivers. According to the results, rain, snow and ice increase the risk of deadly crashes by 34%.
Driving while intoxicated can easily put Mississippi motorists at risk. This is one of the reasons why Volvo has announced plans to install cutting-edge safety tech in its vehicles. If driver intoxication is detected, the automaker's proposed system could potentially limit the vehicle's speed or park it in a safe spot. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nearly 11,000 drunk driving fatalities occurred in 2017 alone.
Ohio State University's The Risk Institute has presented some research that may interest Mississippi residents who want to address distracted driving. The Risk Institute is coordinating a nationwide effort with government entities, companies and researchers in areas like engineering and behavioral science to reduce the number of distracted driving crashes.
In Mississippi and across the U.S., distracted driving is a dangerous trend. The Travelers Companies surveyed more than 2,000 consumers and executives about this subject and found certain trends that shed light on it. Among these trends is the pressure that drivers feel to use their phones for work purposes.
Most Mississippi residents are aware of the opioid epidemic in the U.S. According to a recent study, the increased use may have an effect on traffic accidents.