According to a study by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, cell phone distraction throughout the country causes more than 2,500 deaths and 330,000 injuries each year. A related study showed that drivers talking on their mobile phones were 18 percent slower to react to brake lights and took 17 percent more time to regain the speed they lost when they braked.
Hiring an experienced accident lawyer in Mississippi who understands that national trends are largely reflected at the state level. In 2008, there were 783 traffic fatalities in Mississippi per 100 million VMT, down eleven percent from 884 in 2007. This 1.80 fatality rate was the lowest ever recorded in the state of Mississippi, though still .42 times as great as the national average.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration—
- Forty-five percent of these deaths came from accidents involving passenger cars.
- Light trucks accounted for 409 fatalities (42 percent).
- 18-wheeler crashes accounted for 70 deaths (7 percent). These were predominantly horrific collisions involving rollovers and impacting multiple vehicles.
- Motorcycle accidents accounted for 40 (5.5 percent) deaths.
- Buses accounted for three deaths collectively (less than one percent).
Of the 783 deaths reported on Mississippi roadways in 2008, 297 of them, or about 35 percent, involved alcohol. This is a reduction by 50 alcohol-related deaths since 2007, a change of 17 percent. It would be ideal to hire an attorney in Pascagoula who is familiar with all of these statistics and would be able to help you with your case in Mississippi.