There is no other way to say it: Mississippi roads are some of the most dangerous for pedestrians. The most recent numbers regarding pedestrian accidents in Mississippi are from 2010, when 50 pedestrians were killed in auto accidents statewide.
Shockingly, of all of the traffic deaths that year, 8 percent were pedestrian fatalities. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that the rate of pedestrian deaths in Mississippi was the 10th highest in the country.
These statistics may be a cautionary reminder for people in our area, but the numbers won't bring back the life of a pedestrian recently killed in Jackson. Police believe the driver in the fatal crash was intoxicated at the time.
The collision that took the man's life was actually the second he suffered in the same day. After the first accident, the driver called authorities, and a paramedic arrived on the scene. She was treating the injured man's broken arm when a second vehicle, a pickup truck, came along and hit the injured man and the paramedic.
The pedestrian was killed, and the paramedic suffered head injuries and broken bones. A news report also says that she lost one of her eyes and required surgery.
This fatal pedestrian accident marked the third in Jackson since July 20, and another pedestrian was killed on July 30 while jogging in Tupelo.
Mississippi residents who have lost a loved one because of a driver's negligence should be aware of the legal options for holding the responsible party accountable. When criminal charges follow such an accident, a conviction may provide some degree of solace for a grieving family, but in many cases, the full measure of justice has to be achieved in civil court.
Source: clarionledger.com, "Driver arrested after allegedly killing pedestrian, injuring paramedic," Emily Lane, Aug. 1, 2013