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Distracted Driving in Mississippi: How Bad Is the Problem?

Did you know that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of injury-related death in Mississippi? Per capita, the state also has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle fatalities in the country, and these deaths are in addition to the thousands of life-altering injuries suffered in crashes each year.

While drunk driving, speeding and other traffic violations are frequent causes of serious wrecks, government agencies like the Mississippi State Department of Health continue to draw special attention to another form of driver negligence that is often just as dangerous: distracted driving.

In fact, nationwide statistics show that each year about 16 percent of all fatal accidents are due to distracted driving, and each year distracted drivers cause more than 420,000 injuries.

Here are some more facts to consider:

  • Texting while driving takes a person's eyes off the road for an average of five seconds, long enough to cover the length of a football field if the car is going 55 miles per hour.
  • 27 percent of distracted drivers involved in fatal accidents are in their 20s.
  • 25 percent of teen drivers respond to a text at least once each time they drive.
  • Drivers who are younger than 20 make up the largest proportion of distracted drivers involved in fatal crashes.

Even when distracted driving is known to be the cause of a wreck, compensation for injuries is not automatic. Victims deserve help in fighting back against insurance companies.

If you've never been in a motor vehicle accident in Mississippi, then you may not know that state law is not particularly friendly to Mississippians who seek compensation after a wreck. But a serious accident, regardless of the cause, can turn your world upside down. You may need compensation for a variety of losses, including medical bills, lost income, rehabilitation, property damage and more.

The reality is that under Mississippi law the insurance companies have an advantage over accident victims. Insurance companies also don't want to pay out after an accident, so they use their significant resources to reduce or altogether deny personal injury claims.

If you've been injured in a wreck due to distracted driving, then don't be a victim twice. Contact a personal injury lawyer with the knowledge, skills and attitude to hold big insurance companies accountable.

For more on fighting back against insurance companies in Mississippi and Louisiana, please see our overview of each state's laws: "Mississippi and Louisiana: Two Very Different Legal Climates."

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