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Car Accident / 2.26.2024

10 Most Dangerous Types of Car Accidents in Mississippi

The Worst Car Accidents and What to Do After One

There are few things more overwhelming than being involved in a serious car accident. In the blink of an eye your entire world can be turned upside down. While all car accidents can result in severe harm, some are more dangerous than others.

If you are injured in a car accident, it is strongly recommended that you speak with a knowledgeable attorney. At Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A., our injury lawyers will help determine whether you have a valid claim for damages. We will fight to ensure you receive the largest recovery possible in your case. 

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The Danger of Car Accidents in Mississippi

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, the number of people killed in car accidents has increased substantially since 2015. Each year over 600 people die in car wrecks throughout the state. In 2021, the 5-year average for the number of traffic-related fatalities reached 702 due to 772 people being killed that year alone.

Car accidents are not only dangerous, they frequently prove deadly. If you are involved in a car accident or have lost a loved one in a wreck, you should consult with an attorney as soon as possible. Depending on the circumstances of the case, you may be able to file a personal injury claim or a wrongful death lawsuit. 

Head-On Collisions

Head-on collisions are some of the most deadly accidents on Mississippi roadways. Individuals involved in a head-on collision are more likely to be catastrophically injured or killed due to the type of impact. Many head-on collisions are the result of driver impairment or fatigue.

T-Bone Accidents

Another potentially deadly accident is a t-bone or side impact collision. T-bone accidents frequently happen when someone runs a red light or attempts to enter an intersection without having the right of way. Driver distraction may play a key role in many t-bone accidents. Tragically, as with most car accidents, t-bone collisions are usually preventable.

Semi-Truck Accidents

Large trucks are commonplace in Mississippi, but they can present a problem on the road. Truck accidents are rarely minor. They generally involve serious injuries. If you are involved in a car accident with a semi-truck or 18-wheeler, you need to consult with a lawyer. These accidents are usually complex and may involve multiple insurers.

Rollover Accidents

Certain vehicles such as SUVs are prone to rollover accidents, but it can happen to any type of car. Rollover accidents generally occur when a vehicle is traveling at a high rate of speed or leaves the roadway. Depending on the situation, including whether a person is safely fastened in their seat, a rollover accident may cause a person to be ejected or thrown from the vehicle.

Roadway Departure Accidents

If your vehicle leaves the road it may be considered a roadway departure accident. These accidents may cause your car to rollover. Roadway departure accidents may be caused by debris in the road, impairment, distraction, inclement weather, or fatigue.

Motorcycle Collisions

Motorcyclists are some of the most vulnerable people on the road. Even at low speeds a motorcycle accident can prove catastrophic. In order to get a fair and full settlement after a motorcycle crash, you need to consult with a lawyer as early in the process as possible.

Pedestrian Accidents

If a motorist is texting while driving or even impaired by drugs or alcohol, they may cause a pedestrian accident. As reported by the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), the state had the 6th highest pedestrian fatality rate per 100,000 population. Across the country, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic accident every 71 minutes. 

Drunk Driving Accidents

Every year far too many people are needlessly killed in drunk driving accidents throughout the state. Drunk driving fatalities are 100% preventable. An impaired driver has significantly reduced reaction time meaning they are unable to promptly react in an emergency situation. A drunk driver may not stop in time for slowing traffic resulting in a dangerous rear-end collision or they may run a red light causing a devastating t-bone accident.

Multi-Car Pile Ups

When more than two cars are involved in an accident, it may be considered a multi-car pile up. Multi-car pile ups may be caused by a number of situations including a lack of visibility due to bad weather, cars traveling too fast for road conditions, or a distracted driver.

Intersection Accidents

A large percentage of accidents occur at intersections. Motorists must be careful to follow all traffic signals. Entering into an intersection without having the right of way can result in a heart wrenching accident. Pedestrians are also frequently injured or killed in intersection accidents.

What to Do If You Are Hurt in a Car Accident

If you are hurt in a car accident, you need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. It is also important to seek medical attention. Failure to seek prompt medical treatment can negatively impact your case. Even if you are unsure about the severity of your injuries, you still need to complete a medical evaluation. Some injuries may not be readily apparent after a wreck.

At the scene of the accident, it is important to move yourself and your vehicle to safety if you are able. Contact 9-1-1 from the scene. Notify the dispatcher if you or someone else has been injured in the collision. The dispatcher can send for emergency medical personnel to assess the severity of the injuries. Start collecting evidence including photos and videos of the scene to provide your attorney. The more evidence you have the easier it will be to prove your claim.

Richard Schwartz & Associates

At Richard Schwartz & Associates, our legal team is highly experienced. We will work tirelessly to maximize your damages ensuring you receive the largest recovery possible after an accident. 

We have a commitment to excellence and will not give up until you receive the justice you deserve. Our attorneys have over 40 years of collective experience. Let us help you today. Contact our office to schedule a free case consultation.

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