Fatal Mississippi Accident Highlights Importance of Road Safety and Yielding the Right of Way
Everyone wants to avoid car accidents. But even through the best of intentions, serious accidents can occur on Mississippi roads, and even involve public safety workers who normally respond to these accidents.
Recently, several Mississippi media outlets have reported on the tragic death of a 10-year-old boy in Rankin County. According to the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the boy was one of three children traveling in a Ford Escape on Mississippi Highway 43 and Carter Store Road on a clear Sunday afternoon.
The Escape was traveling south on Highway 43 when it was struck by a fire truck attempting to cross the southbound lane. The 10-year-old boy was killed instantly. Four of his family members, including a 4-month-old infant, were airlifted to a nearby hospital in critical condition. Two firefighters on the truck, which was coming back from a training exercise, were also injured.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol now says that the crash was caused by the driver of the firetruck failing to yield the right of way to the Ford Escape.
How Failure to Yield Accidents Can be Avoided in Mississippi
According to a 2012 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, failure to yield the right of way was the fourth-leading cause of traffic fatalities in the United States, behind only speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and failure to stay in the proper lane. In all, more than 3,000 people are killed in failure to yield accidents in the U.S. every year. Countless others suffer serious injuries.
But studies have also found time and time again that most drivers fail to yield the right of way when turning or merging into traffic. Yielding the right of way simply means that when you are stopped, either due to a sign, red light, or flow of traffic, you must refrain from entering the roadway until other vehicles or pedestrians have passed. Yielding the right of way means not impeding the speed of any other vehicles in the roadway. If another car must slow down or stop for you to enter the roadway, then you have not yielded the right of way.
If a situation arises where it is unclear who is to yield the right of way, both drivers should proceed cautiously to avoid an accident. There are no exceptions to the duty to yield the right of way to other drivers. If you are involved in an accident, you should always stop your vehicle and contact the police so that a proper report can be made.
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Car accidents are devastating events that can leave years of pain and even death in their wake. But you may be entitled to receive compensation for the injuries you’ve sustained as a result of the negligence of another motorist, or seek compensation for the wrongful death of a loved one killed in a car crash. If a car accident in the Biloxi or Mississippi area has left you and your family with mounting bills, contact The Law Offices of Judy Guice today to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about your case.