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.
Every year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is able to identify fatal motor vehicle crash trends based on the data collected by its Fatality Analysis Reporting System. Its report on 2017 has come out, and Mississippi drivers may be surprised by the data.
According to a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, motorists are too trusting of their driver assistance systems. Mississippi residents who are worried about how self-driving cars will affect driving behavior will want to know more about this study as it raises questions about how people will adapt to the new technology.
Distracted driving can be a major threat to Mississippi roads, and the demands of a modern connected workplace may be a significant contributor to the danger. According to research conducted by Motus, the rise in smartphone ownership has been accompanied by a growth in accident rates. In 2013, 55 percent of mobile workers owned a smartphone; by 2017, that figure had grown to 77 percent. At the same time, car accidents increased from 5.7 million per year to 6.4 million, an upswing of 12.3 percent. While texting while driving and other dangerous behaviors are often linked to casual phone users, the study noted the particular demands on mobile workers who must stay connected.
The roads in Mississippi are the most dangerous in the country, according to a recent study from the home security and safety company SafeWise. Researchers used data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to calculate the number of road deaths in each state per 100,000 residents, and Mississippi emerged in the unenviable first place with 23.1. Alabama, South Carolina, New Mexico and Wyoming are the next four most dangerous states. Meanwhile, the District of Columbia, Rhode Island, New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey are the safest, according to the study.
Mississippians who regularly have to drive on the bridge on I-55 over the Coldwater River are often stuck in traffic jams because of car accidents. Accidents happen frequently on the bridge because of its design.