The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is still investigating "all aspects" of a fatal crash on June 3 near Scooba, Mississippi, that claimed the lives of eight people. Among them were four brothers. The NTSB's preliminary report, however, provides some information about what happened on a rural two-lane highway when a box truck struck a van in which the eight people who died were traveling.
If you've bought a new vehicle in the past few years, it likely has some nifty safety features (either standard on the vehicle or optional) designed to minimize your chances of a crash. These are known as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). However, they all have different names, depending on the vehicle manufacturer.
Americans are living longer than ever -- in part because of prescription medications that help them control blood pressure, high cholesterol and many other conditions that plague people as they get older. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, almost half of senior drivers report that they take at least seven medications.
If you're one of the millions of parents who will be shuttling their kids to day camps, softball games, play dates and "Mommy and Me" classes this summer, it's essential to understand how much of a distraction the kids can be to you when you're behind the wheel. Not only can kids take their parents' minds off their driving, they often cause them to take their eyes off the road.
Mississippi doesn't have the weather extremes that come with the changing seasons in many parts of the country. However, summer nonetheless brings added dangers on the roads. Whether you're staying in Mississippi this summer or your vacation plans include a road trip across the country, it's important to be aware of them. Let's look at a few hazards that can plague drivers during the summer months.
Many people think they're not guilty of distracted driving because they don't use their phone behind the wheel. That's certainly an important safety measure. A buzzing phone or the sound of an email or text coming in can be hard to resist. Turning your phone off and putting it out of reach (maybe even in the trunk) can eliminate the temptation to just take a quick look while you're stopped at a light.
We're coming up on the time of year that's been ominously dubbed the "100 Deadliest Days for Drivers" -- from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Many Americans are taking weekend trips and longer vacations. Teens with little experience behind the wheel have a lot of free time, and much of it is spent in their cars.
In the aftermath of a car crash, people are often focused on healing from their physical injuries and dealing with the damage to their vehicle. It can be easy to neglect the psychological damage that may have resulted from the accident.
Most parents exercise an added level of caution when they're driving with their children in the car. Unfortunately, they're still at the mercy of other drivers who may not be so cautious.
We all know about the opioid epidemic in this country. Overuse of opioids -- even prescribed dosages -- can lead to addiction and overdoses. Perhaps less attention has been paid to the impact of opioids on drivers and the safety of all of us on the road -- even when taken as directed.