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Fatal car accident mars Valentine's Day in Mississippi

February 14 is designated as the day to celebrate love in all its forms. Friends and families throughout Alcorn County commemorated the day with a variety of events. For two families, a fatal car accident changed the tone of the day for them, probably forever.

The car accident occurred in the early hours of February 14 at mile marker 21 of Interstate 55. A tractor-trailer with an empty box trailer was parked on the side of the highway. A Dodge Avenger traveling north on Interstate 55 drifted over the white line. The Dodge collided with the truck and veered into the median. The driver of the Dodge was listed in moderate condition at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The driver of the 18-wheeler was unharmed. Unfortunately, both passengers in the Dodge were pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

Car accidents, even when not fatal, can result in major injuries. Broken bones, neck and back injuries are common sources of pain and suffering by car accident victims. Even when a car accident victim has medical insurance, the out-of-pocket expenses may create a great deal of financial hardship.

When a negligent driver causes a car accident, he or she should be held liable for the injuries suffered. Car accident victims may need the assistance of an attorney to seek compensation for their injuries. An attorney will give victims and survivors an assessment of the liability of each party and aid clients in developing a legal strategy.

Source: Daily Leader, "Wreck claims two lives," Daniel Weathersby, Feb. 14, 2015

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