Mississippi Attorneys Assisting Clients Injured by Distracted Drivers
Serving victims of accidents caused by cellphone use, texting and other distractions
For many, driving becomes so repetitive and mundane it hardly seems dangerous. Yet it requires a driver’s full attention at all times. Looking away from the road for a moment to send or read a text message can have deadly consequences. Realizing the dangers of cellphone use while driving, Mississippi has instated text messaging/cellphone use laws. If you or a family member is struck by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to receive compensation.
Corban Gunn Van Cleave Law Firm has served Gulfport and the state of Mississippi since 1926. Our lawyers provide you with personalized legal care, guiding you through each stage of your case. After reviewing your situation, our legal team weighs your options and the strength of your case and advises you on how to move forward.
Types of distracted driving accidents
When driving, anything that diverts your attention away from the road and operating your vehicle is a distraction. Motorists who drive distracted may collide with fixed objects or other vehicles or hit a pedestrian or biker. Our car accident attorneys have extensive experience handling the following types of distracted driving accidents:
- Cell phone use — According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), driver distraction is involved in 16 percent of fatal crashes. The NHTSA also found that an estimated 25 percent of all crashes result from talking on cellphones (handheld or hands-free) while driving, with another 3 percent being the result of texting while driving.
- Passengers — Socializing or arguing with passengers while driving can be as dangerous (if not more so) than talking on a cellphone.
- Radio — Motorists who play the radio too loud may not hear horns, sirens and traffic. Additionally, drivers who fiddle with the radio too much may cause an accident, and truckers who are preoccupied with a CB radio may be unaware of surrounding motorists.
- Eating — People who are more focused on eating than driving unnecessarily endanger everyone on the road.
Aggressive and reckless driving
If you see an aggressive driver displaying road rage, avoid that person at all costs. You may even want to notify the authorities. Aggressive drivers may follow, tailgate or harass you. This type of behavior creates tremendous danger and can lead to a serious automotive accident. Similarly, drivers who speed excessively, change lanes suddenly and generally drive recklessly pose a hazard to all motorists. If you or a loved one suffers serious injury because of a reckless or aggressive driver, our attorneys can help you file a personal injury lawsuit.
Contact us today to arrange a free consultation with an accident lawyer in Biloxi
Since 1926, Mississippians have trusted Corban Gunn Van Cleave Law Firm. Serving Gulfport, Biloxi and the rest of the state, we believe in fighting for the rights of injury victims. To schedule your free initial consultation with one of our distinguished attorneys, call 228.273.4455 or contact us online.