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What should I do if involved in a hit and run?

If you’re the victim of a hit and run in Mississippi, the steps you take following the accident are crucial. Your actions may increase the chance that the driver is apprehended, while also ensuring that any damage to your vehicle or bodily injury is properly compensated. To help drivers make the right decision, State Farm offers the following advice.

Can you share liability in your Mississippi car accident case?

It is not uncommon for two parties of a Mississippi car accident to be at fault for the incident. For instance, you may be driving along with your music blaring and going slightly over the speed limit. There is traffic stopped ahead of you and a vehicle tailing behind you. Suddenly, you see an ambulance approaching. You do not hear it because you have your volume revved all the way up. You slam on your breaks to get over and to avoid hitting the vehicle that is now directly in front of you. The vehicle behind you rams into you. The other driver may assume most of the fault, but had you not been speeding, and had your music been at a safe volume, you could have prevented the whole incident from occurring in the first place.

Can defensive driving prevent accidents?

As a motorist in Mississippi, it’s up to you to preserve the safety of yourself, your passengers, and other drivers. Employing defensive driving behaviors are crucial in this case. While you can’t always avoid an accident, especially when others drive carelessly, you can greatly mitigate the chance of a serious collision. Esurance offers the following tips on defensive driving habits.

3 ways to drive safely this holiday season

If you live in Mississippi and plan on making a trip this holiday season, you likely know the importance of safe holiday driving. Not only will you be faced with a higher volume of traffic, you’ll also be dealing with poor weather conditions, which can greatly increase the risk of an accident. The following tips will keep you and other motorists safe over the holidays.

When were speed limits first enacted?

In the beginning, hardly anyone could afford to own a car. If they were lucky enough to have one, there was not much traffic on Mississippi roads besides horses and carriages. In addition, nobody was moving that fast because they could not. Vehicles at that time were very limited. However, as time went on, technology improved and more people hit the roads in motorized vehicles, there was a need for speed limits.

Understanding the dangers of ignoring the speed limit

Every day, thousands of people commute on the busy roads in Mississippi and many of these people are in an exceptional hurry. In fact, speeding is a much more prevalent problem than many people realize and one that can put everyone around the reckless driver, at a high risk of injury or death. While ignoring the speed limit may not seem like a big deal to some, it is imperative that everyone understand the dangers of speeding in an effort to encourage everyone to be more responsible. 

Job-related fatigue and auto crashes

We have written about some of the different reasons car crashes continue to occur, such as texting behind the wheel and driving around on old tires. There are many other risk factors associated with motor vehicle collisions to keep in mind, such as working excessive hours, driving to work early in the morning or working a graveyard shift for the first time. Moreover, this fatigue can be incredibly dangerous when someone gets behind the wheel and drowsy driving has resulted in many lost lives and devastating injuries.

Fatal car accidents are extremely common in Mississippi

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.

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