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5 causes of car accidents in Mississippi

A car accident can happen within seconds, and leave you injured, frustrated and dealing with car repairs. There are several common causes of car accidents in Mississippi. Whether you are dealing with a small accident or one that left you with serious injuries, an attorney can help make sure your legal rights are upheld throughout the process.

While each car crash has its own unique circumstances, many times it is caused by someone else's negligence while driving. Here are five causes of car accidents in Mississippi:

Drunk driving

Drunk driving accounted for 31 percent of all traffic deaths in Mississippi in 2012, according to the Mississippi Department of Transportation. The U.S. has more drunk drivers than most other countries have people. More than 10,000 people die each year due to drunk driving.

Distracted driving

Texting, talking on the phone, eating or having a conversation with your passengers, are all forms of distracted driving. Teens or other inexperienced drivers are generally more vulnerable when it comes to the temptation to try to multi-task while driving, resulting in serious crashes, injuries and other consequences. For teens, one in three deaths are a result of a motor vehicle crash. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. More than 5,000 teens, ages 16 to 20, die in car crashes each year.

Speeding

Speed limits are put in place to make driving on that particular road or highway as safe as possible. It is well-known that crashes that happen at high speeds can be more serious or tragic than a car accident at a low speed. Speeding increases the risk of getting into an accident, and also can increase the negative consequences of the accident. It is important to pay attention to your speed and follow all other traffic laws when you're on the road.

Reckless or careless driving

Some drivers are reckless or careless while on the road, disobeying a handful of traffic laws. They may weave in and out of traffic at high speeds, fly through stop signs and stop lights, or race with another vehicle without regard to the safety of others on the road. If you encounter someone driving recklessly, it is always a good idea to call the police and report their vehicle's license plate number, to minimize potential harm they could do if they stay on the road and continue driving that way.

Vehicle defects

Unfortunately, sometimes vehicles have defects in the way they were manufactured or designed. While some of the defects could be aesthetic, many pose a risk to your safety while operating the vehicle. An example of a defect is brakes that do not function properly. Defects can exist in any other crucial parts of the car that you rely on to keep you safe. Pay attention to manufacturer recalls, either mailed to you or broadcast on the news. If you were involved in a car crash caused by a faulty or defective vehicle, an attorney can help you get justice for the damages caused by the manufacturer or designer of the vehicle.

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