Airbags are crucial to vehicle occupant safety. In the event of a car accident, airbags drastically reduce the chances of suffering a severe upper body or head injury. However, there are some safety tips you should follow to increase the effectiveness of your vehicle’s airbags.
Below are our top five airbag safety tips that we encourage everyone in Jackson to follow.
Car accidents are, unfortunately, quite common. Every year, anywhere from 20 to 50 million people suffer non-fatal injuries due to road traffic incidents. Jackson sees its fair share of crashes. The latest data published by the the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) last year lists the Mississippi crash fatality rate as 752 people per year. Countless others involved in crashes are lucky to be alive yet suffer debilitating injuries in their crashes. Their lives have little chance of returning to what it was pre-crash.
A loved one’s wrongful death stemming from a car accident can be both emotionally and financially devastating. Injuries can also be so debilitating and leave you with such crippling chronic pain and significant mental anguish that you warrant long-term medical care and become unable to work to support yourself.
Sharing the road with a motorist who is engaging in unsafe driving behaviors is a stressful experience. Aggressive and reckless drivers make the road unsafe for everyone else and are more likely to cause a serious accident than someone who is following Mississippi’s traffic laws.
If you were injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, you might be facing an uphill battle to secure compensation from the insurance company. Disputes over liability can be time-consuming and costly, especially if you are unsure exactly which factors contributed to your collision.
An AAA study determined that pothole damage costs motorists in the U.S. about $3 billion every year. The vehicle damage that can result from hitting a pothole is well known to many drivers unlucky enough to have had a run-in with a large road crater. But many people are less familiar with auto collisions caused by potholes.
How do potholes cause accidents? We will look at a few ways hitting a pothole can ultimately lead to an accident between two vehicles or between a vehicle and a pedestrian or bicyclist.
Data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) details how an estimated 30% of all car accidents are attributable to drunk driving. Over 10,000 individuals die in drunk driving crashes yearly in the United States. There were at least 170 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in 2019 here in Mississippi. Countless others likely suffered varying degrees of injuries in other alcohol-involved crashes.
Drunk driving accidents are often described as preventable crashes. They wouldn’t have occurred had it not been for a motorist negligently getting behind the wheel of a car, putting others’ lives at risk. When sharing the road with others, there are a few telltale signs that a drunk driver is near that you can be on the lookout for to potentially avoid becoming entangled in a crash.
Distracted driving is one of the most under-reported causes of car accidents—making it a hidden hazard that threatens the lives of motorists, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists. To help drivers in our state better understand their rights and duties on the road, we’ve put together a quick guide to Mississippi distracted driving laws.
If you were involved in an auto collision caused by driver negligence, contact the car accident attorneys of Pittman Roberts & Welsh, PLLC with questions. Our legal team has an in-depth understanding of state laws all drivers must follow. If the motorist who caused your injuries violated a Mississippi distracted driving law, we can help you take legal action.
If you are in an accident with another driver and their insurance company denies liability, you may be wondering what your next steps are. You have a few options, and it is important to understand them all before deciding how to proceed in your case.
Land comes at a cost, especially in densely populated or highly trafficked areas, such as downtown Jackson, MS. Price is one of the main factors that motivate property owners to construct parking garages or decks alongside their structures, including office buildings, shopping centers, sports facilities, universities, or apartment complexes. Parking decks have a small footprint yet afford hundreds if not thousands of motorists the ability to easily access an establishment.
Parking garages allow property owners to offer customers, employees, residents, or whoever else may use their premises a place to leave their vehicle while going about their activities. While most people see parking garages as a convenience, they can also be a big liability for crashes.
Being struck by another motorist is a terrifying event under any circumstances. After a collision, you may be left to deal with medical bills for your injuries and repair bills for your vehicle. When the accident was caused by the other driver, you need to know that you can recover compensation for the expenses their actions caused.
Every car accident is unique. Most are highly complex events with multiple contributing factors. It’s not always easy to figure out how to obtain compensation on your own. Things can become even more complicated when you discover the other motorist was driving a rented car, not their own vehicle. How do you recover compensation if the motorist who struck you was driving a rental car?
As the weather turns warm and kids are off school for the summer, families are often eager to escape their homes and visit somewhere new. The summer holiday vacation is practically a rite of passage in America. In 2021, 82% of Americans traveled over the summer. Of those, 73% went on a road trip.
The lawyers at Pittman Roberts & Welsh, PLLC know that road trips can create memories that last a lifetime, but they also know that they can be dangerous. We want everyone in Mississippi to stay safe this summer, so we’ve compiled our top five summer driving safety tips.