Bad Lighting a Factor in Gulfport, MS Fatal Car Accident
Just a week after a pedestrian was killed by a vehicle at a hazardous intersection in Gulfport, Mississippi, one city official spoke out on safety issues in busy parts of town. ABC affiliate WLOX in Biloxi reported that several lights were out at the section of Highway 49 where the incident occurred, making a heavily trafficked area even more dangerous. The city councilman referred to the lighting problem as being an ongoing issue, as he called for authorities to fix the broken units. The incident demonstrates that there are many causes of car accidents in Mississippi and across the US.
When a motorist travels at a rate that exceeds the posted speed limit, he or she has less time to react to factors on the road. With a shorter reaction time, a driver cannot adjust or otherwise act to avoid a collision. Even when they may be driving within the posted speed liming, motorists can also be driving too fast for weather or road conditions.
Texting or talking on the phone while driving is becoming one of the top causes of car accidents, but distracted driving also includes a number of other activities. Putting on makeup, eating or drinking, managing children, and playing with a car’s entertainment system are often to blame in auto collisions. Anything that takes a driver’s eyes off the road for even a split second can lead to operating errors.
The weather is often a cause of car accidents, though Mississippi drivers don’t often worry about snow. Still, rain, fog and/or windstorms impact a driver’s ability to see clearly, leading to an inability to recognize hazards or other factors present on the roadway. The road itself would also be included in environmental conditions, such as the poor lighting that was identified as a contributing cause in the accident that killed the pedestrian in Gulfport. Highways with sharp curves, roads with hills, and thoroughfares that are in disrepair may also be a factor in car accidents.
While broken lights were cited as a problem by city officials in the abovementioned car accident, not all stretches of roadway are lit at night. Darkness can cause reduced visibility, which impact a driver’s ability to recognize road and traffic conditions. If a motorist doesn’t see a traffic sign, a bend in the road, or another car, an accident may occur.
Consult with a Biloxi Car Accident Attorney About Your Case
There are many factors that can lead to an auto collision, both human-related and based on driving conditions. Regardless of what caused your car accident, it’s important to discuss your situation with a qualified lawyer if you suffered injuries as a result. An attorney with extensive experience in personal injury cases will represent you in discussions with pushy insurance companies and in court. The attorneys at the Biloxi, MS office of Judy Guice have represented many Gulfport area clients in automobile accident cases, and can advise you on your options. Please contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation or with questions about your matter.