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.
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.
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.
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.
Drivers in Mississippi may find themselves feeling drowsy on the road despite their best intentions. That's why it's important to follow a few tips to avoid fatigue. The best way to prevent sleepiness behind the wheel is to get the recommended minimum of seven hours of sleep every night. Those who do so but still have problems should see a doctor because they may have a sleep disorder.
Mississippi motorists may be aware that U.S. traffic accidents have significantly increased over the past seven years. However, a report by Bank of America Merrill Lynch predicts that advanced collision avoidance systems will soon reverse that troubling trend.
Car parts manufacturer ZF has released safety data on external airbags as well as a strategy for developing the technology behind it. Residents of Mississippi who keep up with emerging vehicle safety tech will want to know more. The first thing to keep in mind is that external airbags, like self-driving cars, are far from being perfected and introduced to the driving public.
According to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, automatic braking technology might work even better than expected. The study used data about vehicles manufactured by GM between 2013 and 2015. Mississippi drivers might be interested in the results of the study as automatic braking becomes more common statewide and is set to be standard equipment everywhere. The study found that vehicles with forward collision alert and front automatic braking systems were involved in 43 percent fewer rear-end collision car wrecks than vehicles that lacked the systems.
Drowsy driving is to blame for an estimated 7 percent of all motor vehicle crashes throughout Mississippi and the rest of the U.S. It's also behind 16 percent of all fatal crashes. Though experts recommend at least seven hours of sleep each night, many Americans fail to get that much. The U.S. Department of Transportation and other agencies state that one in three adult drivers sleeps less than seven hours each night.
Many Mississippi motorists worry about the safety of teen drivers carrying other groups of teen passengers. These drivers have a reputation for being careless, reckless or distracted. Some teens say that they are judged unfairly and assumed to be irresponsible because of their age. However, there may be more to the concern about teen drivers than simple stereotyping. According to a study released for National Teen Driver Safety Week by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, when teen drivers carry other teens, the fatality rate for everyone involved rises sharply.