While driving or riding on the highway, it can be hard to realize just how much power it takes to propel a motor vehicle at 55 miles per hour or above. But a highway crash can be a grim reminder of how dangerous it can be to act recklessly or carelessly behind the wheel.
A recent car accident on a Mississippi highway appears to have been caused by a driver running a stop sign. The violent impact injured at least five people, two of whom may have suffered head injuries.
According to the Mississippi Highway Patrol, a car driven by a 23-year-old man failed to stop properly at a stop sign at an intersection with a street and Highway 12 near New Hope. The car drove in front of a second car heading southbound. The second driver, 34, was unable to stop in time and crashed into the first car on its passenger side, where the driver’s pregnant fiancée was sitting.
The car slid 80 feet through a stop sign and across a drainage ditch. The girlfriend hit her head and lost consciousness. Inside the other car were two boys, at least one of whom was the driver’s son. That boy suffered a head injury as well and was rushed to the hospital, where he was later listed in serious condition. The fiancée was also taken to the hospital. Her status and the condition of her unborn baby are not clear.
Finally, a third ambulance took the older driver to the hospital. If it can be shown that the younger driver caused the car accident, he could be held financially responsible for the injuries to the mother and her child.
Source: The Columbus Packet, “Pregnant Woman, Two Children Among Injured In Sand Road Wreck,” Colin Krieger, Oct. 21, 2013