If you live in Mississippi, you may know that the state is one of highest-ranked in the United States for fatal car accidents. In fact, recent statistics have designated the state to be the deadliest in terms of fatal crashes. In the state, there was an average of 23.1 deaths for every 100,000 people in 2016.
There are various reasons why the state ranks so high for fatal car accidents, but as you may know, many car accidents are completely preventable. Most accidents are the result of negligence or reckless behavior behind the wheel, and poor driving decisions can leave families grieving the wrongful death of a loved one.
Why is it so dangerous to drive in Mississippi?
Every person is responsible for the choices he or she makes while operating a motor vehicle. According to the Mississippi Highway Patrol, some of the most common reasons why fatal accidents happen in the state include:
- Speeding and reckless driving
- Lack of awareness of surroundings
- Distracted driving
Distracted driving is one of the most significant concerns and safety issues threatening drivers. While using a cell phone to text, talk or surf social media causes distraction, it is not necessarily the only type of distracted driving. Talking with passengers, eating, using a GPS system and other things can be just as distracting. Regardless of the type of distraction, even a few seconds of focusing on something other than safe driving can have devastating and deadly consequences.
Drivers can commit to safer driving habits in many ways. From pulling over to text to paying closer attention to other motorists while on the road, each person can make the choice to drive safer and lessen the chance of accidents. There are also apps that can help drivers reduce the temptation and ability to use their phones the while the vehicle is in motion.
Holding negligent drivers accountable
If you are grieving the loss of a loved one because of a negligent of reckless driver, you do not have to suffer alone. Whether it was speed, distraction or another reason that led to the premature death of your family member, you could have grounds to pursue appropriate compensation through a wrongful death claim.
You can further explore this potential option by scheduling a complete evaluation of your case. An explanation of your legal options can help you move forward with the appropriate course of action as you seek to recover your accident-related losses.