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Large Events Bring Crowds and Traffic Alerts

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October 2nd through 9th, the Mississippi Gulf Coast welcomes Cruisin’ the Coast. As classic cars roll into the area, auto safety comes to the forefront of everyone’s mind. Recently, Mississippi was ranked second in the nation for the worst drivers. With around 32,000 people killed in vehicle-related incidents in 2014 and an estimated 35,000 deaths in 2015, safe driving practices are becoming even more important.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is currently investigating the deaths of a Texas couple on their way to the annual event. The couple was driving a 1973 Volkswagen on Hwy. 614 when, reports say, an SUV pulled out in front of them. They crashed into the driver’s side of the SUV. Both the driver and passenger of the Volkswagen were not wearing seatbelts and were killed in the collision. The driver of the SUV received only minor injuries.

Be Alert – Protect Yourself

Large events, such as Cruisin’ the Coast bring an influx of people to the Mississippi Gulf Coast . While this exciting event is wonderful for the economy as a whole, it can cause stress and other issues for locals. Last year, Cruisin’ the Coast, had over 7,600 registered vehicles. This year, America’s Largest Block Party celebrates its 20th anniversary and this means thousands of additional drivers on the roads.

Auto accidents are all too common on Mississippi roadways. There are steps you can take to protect yourself and your family.

  • Stay alert: Being aware and alert while driving can greatly reduce your risk of an accident. Keep in mind that while you may be a safe driver, those you share the roads with may not be as comfortable with the twists, turns and particular traffic abnormalities common to our area. By simply being aware of the potential dangers these drivers who are new to the area can cause, you can take an important step in keeping yourself and your family safe.
  • Obey all traffic laws and regulations: Nationally, nearly 90 percent of people in passenger vehicles wore their seat belts in 2015; in Mississippi, that number is below 80 percent. Traffic laws are in place for the safety of all drivers on the road: buckle up, obey traffic signs and keep below posted speed limits. According to the CDC, seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and death by about half and saved nearly 13,000 lives in 2014 alone.
  • Report impaired drivers: Mississippi is, sadly, ranked 12th in the nation for highest in DUI arrest rates per driver. For your safety and for the safety of other drivers on the road, always report impaired drivers to the proper authorities. Driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of at least 0.08% is considered driving under the influence (DUI) and can result in license suspension as well as criminal penalties, including fines and jail time.

If You Are In An Accident In the Greater Biloxi Area, A Personal Injury Lawyer Is Your Greatest Resource

Car accidents are an unfortunate reality in today’s world. Almost everyone will experience some sort of traffic accident during their lifetime. It is important to know that when you get injured and hurt that someone is looking out for your best interests. A Biloxi, MS personal injury attorney is just the right person to help you. Contact the Law Offices of Judy Guice for a free initial consultation regarding your traffic accident and learn what your options are for recovery.

Resources:

http://www.wlox.com/story/33305857/tx-man-woman-in-south-ms-for-cruisin-killed-in-crash

http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/seatbelts/facts.html

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