The car can be a dangerous place for small children if they’re not properly restrained in an age-appropriate safety seat. Mississippi is proof of this fact; more children die in road accidents in Mississippi per year than in any other state, according to 2017 research published in the Journal of Pediatrics. The underlying cause of many of these fatalities is clear – 38 percent of them were not properly buckled up at the time of the crash.
Mississippi has the highest rate of road accident-related deaths in the United States. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that our state had a traffic fatality rate of 23 per 100,000 in 2016, which breaks down to 690 lives lost. Thousands more victims reported serious injuries, but what happens when a person doesn’t notice the symptoms of an accident-related injury until several hours or days pass?
Now that winter is over and spring is well under way, you can expect to see motorcyclists virtually every time you hit the road. In fact, since so many riders take out their bikes and dust them off just before summer starts, May has been designated Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
Since St. Patrick’s Day is on a Saturday this year, it’s reasonable to assume that the parties are going to be bigger than usual. More people will likely start drinking earlier in the day, and they will probably end up drinking far more than they did last year as a result.
Do you remember learning how to drive? The first few times you got behind the wheel, you were probably overwhelmed by all the factors you had to consider at any given moment, from speed to lane positioning to the space between your car and the vehicle ahead.
Despite the many innovative safety features that all new cars are equipped with nowadays, even a minor collision can result in debilitating injuries. Common accident injuries include whiplash, facial fractures, broken ribs, internal organ damage, and meniscus tears.
You have probably heard the term “defensive driving,” but have you ever stopped to think about the kinds of skills it might require? The National Safety Council established the first defensive driving course in 1964, which means nearly all motorists on the road today have had the opportunity to learn about this approach since the day they got their license. But how many have actually enrolled in such a course, and how many know how to apply its principles when behind the wheel?
Collisions between vehicles and pedestrians are almost always devastating for the pedestrians involved. People who are walking have essentially no protection from cars, and because of this, motorists owe a certain duty of care to those on foot.
The simple act of putting on a seat belt is a subtle reminder that riding in a motor vehicle is inherently dangerous, and there is always the chance of getting into a collision. There are no such reminders for pedestrians, though, and as a result, people on foot may rarely think about the potential risks of walking in or near traffic.