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Mississippi Officials: Highway Work Zone Wrecks on the Rise

In the last several years, there has been an increase in work zone fatalities and injuries on the nation's interstates and highways. According to the Mississippi Department of Transportation, there were more than 31,000 injuries due to wrecks in work zones nationwide in 2014, the last year for which complete statistics are available.

In Mississippi alone, there were eight reported deaths in work zones, and three of those who died were highway workers.

Recently, as part of National Work Zone Awareness Week, MDOT officials partnered with local and federal officials to draw attention to the problem.

This year's theme for Work Zone Awareness week is "Don't Be That Driver." The campaign also coincides with month-long efforts to draw attention to the problem of distracted driving, as April is recognized as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

In one of our recent posts, we discussed how high school students in Biloxi are doing their part to keep Mississippi roads safe by pledging not to text and drive.

Transportation officials say that speeding and distracted driving are the top causes of wrecks in highway and interstate work zones.

Despite ongoing efforts to educate people about the dangers of distracted driving, texting and other forms driver distraction are still leading causes of Mississippi car accidents, including wrecks in work zones.

Failure to heed signs for reduced speed is also a serious issue that leads to crashes in work areas.

If you or a loved one was injured in a highway or interstate wreck, speak with an experienced and aggressive personal injury lawyer about your options for obtaining full and fair compensation.

Even when a crash was clearly someone else's fault, you can expect the insurance company to try to minimize or even deny a personal injury claim. An attorney who is familiar with Mississippi's personal injury and insurance laws can investigate your case and seek the maximum in compensation on your behalf.

For more on these matters, please see our Mississippi car accidents overview.

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