Archive for June, 2011

Know Your Options in a Mississippi Hit and Run Car Accident

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

If you are involved in a Mississippi car crash, you may be overwhelmed with pain and anxiety. The aftermath of a Mississippi car accident can result in financial challenges and uncertainty about the future, especially if the personal injury victim suffers serious injuries that result in long-term or permanent loss of household income. If you or your loved one suffers catastrophic injuries that require lifelong supportive care, the financial implications for a family can be daunting. These issues are compounded when the negligent driver in your auto accident flees the scene of the accident. Hit and run auto accidents can leave an accident victim with the challenge of locating and identifying the other driver.

A driver who is involved in an auto accident in Mississippi that results in bodily injury is required to remain at the scene, exchange information and render aid. If the other driver fails to stop and render aid, the driver may be convicted of a felony. Our experienced Mississippi hit and run accident attorneys work closely with law enforcement to identify negligent drivers that cause serious injury or wrongful death to innocent accident victims. There are many ways that a thorough investigation can help identify a negligent driver in a Mississippi auto accident including interviewing witnesses to the accident, talking with homeowners and business owners n the area, reviewing surveillance footage from cameras on local business premises and other methods of investigation.

The attorneys at our Mississippi auto accident law firm also carefully investigate hit and run auto accident cases to identify other possible parties who may be liable for your accident including:

Public Entities: If the design or condition of the roadway contributed to your Mississippi car accident, the public entity responsible for making the roadway safe may share liability for your accident. The public entity may be a viable defendant when the negligent driver in a hit and run accident cannot be identified.

Automaker: Sometimes defects in your vehicle may contribute to your car accident making the manufacturer or retailer of the vehicle a responsible party in your auto accident. For example, faulty brakes, defective tires or other defects in the vehicle may be partially responsible for the accident.

Repair Shop: If you have recently had your vehicle serviced, the failure to do the repairs properly may also mean the repair shop shares liability for the accident.

Even if the only responsible party to your accident flees and cannot be identified, you may still be able to seek compensation from your own insurance company if you are injured in a hit and run accident. Because Mississippi is among the states with the most uninsured drivers, most insurance companies in Mississippi encourage drivers to get the minimum amount of uninsured motorist coverage (UM). If you have uninsured motorist coverage, it will provide compensation that you could have received from the other driver in the hit and run in a Mississippi personal injury lawsuit.

If you are seriously injured, UM coverage can protect your family from financial disaster following a serious auto accident so it is advisable to get the maximum UM coverage that you can. If you have multiple vehicles, Mississippi law even permits you to buy the maximum coverage on each vehicle and stack the coverage.

At the Barrett Law Office, our Mississippi accident attorneys represent those injured in serious car accidents with hit and run drivers throughout Mississippi. We offer a free initial consultation so if you have questions about UM coverage, hit and run accidents or any other car accident related issue in Mississippi call us at (662) 834-2376 so that we can answer your questions and advise you of your rights.

Drugs and Fatigue: Dangerous Combination for Commercial Truck Drivers

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Violations on the part of truck drivers are not new in the commercial trucking industry.  Some drivers keep illegal driving logs, drive without the proper qualifications, use drugs to combat fatigue and commit other infractions like speeding.  All these types of violations put other drivers at risk.  Commercial truck drivers have a responsibility to operate their vehicles safely within state and federal regulations.

If you are involved in an accident involving a tractor-trailer truck, you should contact an experienced trucking accident attorney.  An experienced tractor-trailer accident attorney will reconstruct the accident using skilled investigators and accident reconstruction experts.  A trucking accident law firm will carefully examine things like the driver’s logs and the records of the trucking company.  Even though driver fatigue is a common cause of large truck accidents, the use of drugs to combat this fatigue greatly compounds the dangers.

The Role of Drugs in the Trucking Industry

The cause of large truck accidents was under investigation and the National Transportation Safety Board did a series of safety studies.  The safety studies targeted different subjects including the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs as a factor in tractor-trailer accidents.  The study concluded that a third of truck drivers that end up fatally injured in trucking accidents tested positive for drugs or alcohol.

The most common factor that was involved in the death of truck drivers in accidents was the combination of drug use with fatigue.  Research shows that truck drivers are more likely to use amphetamines than the average worker in the U.S. These drugs help commercial truck drivers stay awake so that they can push themselves and drive longer hours.  By driving more hours, they can deliver more goods, which means they increase their income and get more work.

In the early 1990’s, the NTSB strengthened the regulations in terms of alcohol and drug use by truck drivers.  These regulations prohibited drivers from using alcohol or drugs while driving.  They also included requirements for pre-employment, post-accident and random drug and alcohol testing of drivers.

Truckers continue to violate laws everyday even with these regulations in place.  If you or someone you love have been seriously injured in a trucking accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Our Mississippi trucking accident attorneys have been representing commercial trucking accident victims in Mississippi for over 27 years.  We have helped hundreds of clients throughout Mississippi to obtain damages that they deserve.  We offer a free initial case evaluation so that we can evaluate whether you have the basis for a personal injury lawsuit so call us today at 662) 834-2376.

$11.8 Million Verdict in Drunk Driving Accident Lawsuit Reveals Valuable Lessons

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

The destructive impact of devastating injuries and fatalities caused by drunk drivers was again brought home by a $11.8 jury verdict against a drunk driver who rear-ended the victim.  The DUI accident related lawsuit provides a primer on the issues and impact of this type of personal injury lawsuit.  The defendant in the case was a repeat DUI offender who the jury learned was arrested again for DUI a mere week after the DUI accident involving the plaintiff.

The accident occurred when the accident victim was stopped at an intersection as the drunk driver plowed into him from behind.  Because of the circumstances of the accident, the issue of liability was not really at issue, which is often the case in accidents involving drunk drivers.  However, the defense disputed the issue of causation regarding the auto accident victim’s injuries.  The accident victim suffered reflex sympathetic dystrophy, which is a debilitating injury that causes nerves to misfire.  He suffers from sweats, extreme pain, chills and is confined to a wheelchair much of the time.  The condition is so severe that he has not been able to work or drive a car since the accident.

The case shows the challenge of serious physical conditions that do not immediately manifest symptoms until some time after a car accident.  The attorney’s for the other driver’s insurance company emphasized that there was minimal damage to the vehicles so that the serious injury suffered by the accident victim could not have been caused by the impact of the collision.  The attorney’s for the insurance company also relied on the fact the symptoms were not immediately apparent as evidence that the condition was caused by something other than the car crash.  This is why it is important to seek a medical diagnostic consultation in the wake of a car accident even if one’s symptoms seem minor.

The DUI auto accident lawsuit also provides insight into how juries feel about certain types of conduct.  The drunk driver in this case had a history of prior DUI convictions and a DUI arrest the week following the auto accident that resulted in personal injuries to the plaintiff.  The driver also fled the scene making the accident a hit and run accident.  The damages awarded were three times that requested by the attorneys for the plaintiff.

Disputes over the cause and severity of personal injuries are common in DUI related auto accident lawsuits because it is difficult to contest liability by a drunk driver particularly one that drives unsafely because the driver is impaired.  If you are involved in an auto accident caused by a drunk driver in Mississippi, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries including punitive damages.  The attorneys at our Lexington based law firm have been fighting for drunk driving victims since 1933.

If you or a close family member has been injured in a Mississippi car accident with a drunk driver, our Mississippi DUI accident attorneys may be able to help.  We provide a free case evaluation to evaluate your rights to compensation so call us to see how we can help at (662) 834-2376.

When Politics Trump Auto Accident Safety: Government Suppression of Distracted Driving Study

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Most people in Mississippi are now aware that distracted driving is a leading cause of fatal car accidents.  The significance of distracted driving as a cause of serious auto accidents in Mississippi and other states has grown at an exponential rate along with the growth of mobile phones and other wireless communication devices.

Cell phone use and texting while driving is now widely acknowledged to rival drunk driving as a leading cause of auto accident related injuries and fatalities.  The significant impact of wireless communication devices on auto accident rates was not yet well established when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) decided to suppress hundreds of pages of research and warnings about cell phone use while driving in 2003.  Among the findings that were suppressed when the 2003 data was gathered:

  • Talking on cell phones resulted in 955 fatalities in 2002
  • Cell phones played a role in 240,000 car accidents in 2003
  • Hands free use of cell phones did not affect accident rates
  • Texting while driving would probably have an even greater adverse impact than talking on cell phones

The NHTSA indicated that these conclusions and the data collected was suppressed to avoid antagonizing Congress who believed release of the information might be viewed as lobbying states in developing specific cell phone related distracted driving laws.  While this is not the first time that politics has trumped public safety considerations, it may be one of the more costly examples.

The NHTSA has since conceded that distracted driving including use of cell phones when driving may have emerged as an even greater threat of causing serious auto accidents than drunk driving.  A study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has revealed that drivers who are talking on a cell phone when driving increase the risk of being involved in an auto accident resulting in personal injury by as much as 400 percent.  A study conducted by the University of Utah indicated that a driver who is texting while driving has slower response time than a driver with a blood alcohol level of .08%, which is the threshold at which a driver is considered to be driving under the influence of alcohol.

Many states have been slow to respond to cell phones as a serious auto accident risk.  Tragically, a substantial number of lives might have been saved by making data public earlier regarding the scope of the danger posed by texting while driving and the lack of effectiveness of hands free cell phone laws.  The Barrett Law Office has been representing personal injury victims throughout Mississippi since 1933.

We have helped people throughout the state of Mississippi injured or killed by distracted drivers obtain the financial compensation they deserve.  Our Mississippi personal injury attorneys offer a free initial case evaluation so call us today at (662) 834-2376 so that we can help you on your road to recovery.

Mississippi Tractor-Trailer Accidents Involving Hazardous Materials Pose Special Danger

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

The trucking industry is a vital part of our commerce system providing a means for transportation our food and other important consumer products.  However, there are also more ominous types of cargo transported via tractor-trailers on our freeways on a daily basis such as hazardous material.  Most people do not realize that tractor-trailer incidents involving hazardous materials are relatively common.  There were 167,448 incidents involving hazardous materials through the years spanning 2000 to 2009. The cost of those incidents was $617,956,000 in damage costs, 132 deaths, and 2,750 injuries according to the U.S. Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Information System.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) categorizes materials that are flammable, corrosive, or toxic as hazardous material.  The federal government has enacted regulations for the disposal, delivery, and transportation of hazardous material.  When accidents on our freeways occur involving trucks carrying hazardous material, these accidents often result in the highway being closed down.  There frequently is significant property damage and serious injuries or fatalities.

Trucking Regulations

Commercial truck drivers that transport hazardous materials are held to a different standard than truck drivers hauling regular cargo. The drivers of these trucks must undergo special training and obtain a special license that states that they have been received this training and are qualified to haul this cargo.

The federal government is responsible for endorsing these drivers and regulating the transport of hazardous material in our country. Trucking companies are expected to know the regulations and adhere to them or risk citations. The trucking companies and drivers also have to comply with each state’s regulations concerning hazardous materials because each state is different.

Trucks carrying hazardous waste must have special signs in a visible location on their truck stating what material is inside. The materials in the truck must be properly loaded, packaged and handled according to federal and state regulations.

The Dangers of Hazardous Materials

The dangers of accidents on the highway involving these trucks carrying hazardous materials can extend far beyond just two vehicles colliding. When a truck like this crashes, a hazardous gas can be released into the air or a toxic liquid can leak out onto the roadway.  These corrosive or toxic materials can cause people to become sick or can cause extreme property damage or present long-term health hazards.  Long-term medical problems that can result from being exposed to these hazardous materials may include skin problems, headaches, lung problems, eye problems, poisoning, respiratory illnesses, cancer and immune system problems.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a truck carrying hazardous material, then make sure you seek medical attention and call our office right away to get experienced legal representation.  Injuries that you can sustain in these types of accidents can be life threatening, and we can help you identify the responsible party and recover compensation for your damages.

If you or your loved one is injured or if a loved one was killed in a commercial trucking accident involving hazardous material, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC to learn how we can help.  Our tractor-trailer accident lawyers have been representing accident victims throughout Mississippi for over 75 years.  We offer personalized legal representation and zealous advocacy.  We provide a free initial case evaluation so call us today at 662-834-2376.  No Recovery No Fee!

Teenager Attitudes Toward Near Misses Illustrate Misconception Regarding Accident Causes

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Teen drivers continue to be a leading cause of Mississippi car wrecks largely because of their lack of experience behind the wheel.  A recent survey of teen drivers revealed that a full 70 percent of teen drivers admit to a near miss accident.  While it might seem these near miss car accidents provide a learning opportunity for many inexperienced teen motorists, the reality is that many of these teen drivers blame the near miss on other drivers or adverse whether conditions.  Almost half of the teens in the survey admitted being in multiple near misses with more than 40 percent admitting to multiple near misses within the last 12 month period.

The timing of the survey is particularly appropriate because the summer usually is a peak period for teen car accidents.  Teen drivers spend substantially more time on the road during the summer because they are out of school.  While the study is helpful, the data also may provide guidance to issues that lead to teen accidents in Mississippi.  A full 55 percent of the time teenagers in the survey who had experienced a near miss blamed it on the other driver or adverse weather.  By way of comparison, teen drivers admitted to engaging in conduct that causes a substantial number of Mississippi car accidents far less frequently:

  • Speeding 9 percent of the time
  • Distraction by passengers 6 percent of the time
  • Texting while driving 2 percent of the time

Based on actual accident rates, these low numbers associated with some of the leading causes of teen car accidents seem unrealistic.  This data suggests that perhaps teen drivers might benefit from education efforts designed to make teen drivers more aware of the dangers of speeding and distracted driving, which are regarded by most traffic safety experts as leading causes of teen accidents.

A prior 2009 study conducted on behalf of Allstate Insurance found that 48 percent of boys and 36 percent of girls admitted to speeding or otherwise driving aggressively.  In teen auto accidents, 39 percent of males and 24 percent of females were speeding.  Government data indicates that distracted driving kills as many as 4,000 teenage drivers per year.

The stark contrast between the near miss auto accident data in the recent survey of teenage drivers and longstanding data on the leading causes of teen driving car accidents in Mississippi and throughout the U.S. reveal a sense of disconnect between teenager attitudes and the real causes behind teen auto accidents.  While no tolerance teen alcohol policies and graduated drivers license programs have helped alleviate Mississippi auto accidents, it appears more education of teens regarding the leading causes of teen accidents might be an important tool in the efforts to curb teen driving fatalities.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or suffered wrongful death in a car accident involving a teen driver, the experienced Mississippi teen car accident attorneys at the Barrett Law Office may be able to help you obtain compensation for your injuries or loss.  Our Mississippi car accident law firm has been representing those who suffer personal injury or wrongful death in Mississippi car crashes since 1933 so call us today at (662) 834-2376.

Delayed Symptom Injuries in Mississippi Car Accidents

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

The tell-tale symptoms of car accident injuries sometimes are not that apparent at the time of your Mississippi car accident, which can lead you to believe you have “minor” injuries or that you are not injured at all. This can result in two negative outcomes. Your health can be in danger because you may suffer long-term damage that would not have occurred if your injuries were diagnosed promptly, and you can lose your ability to recover for damages from a responsible party.

When you are involved in a Mississippi car accident, it is important to seek medical attention no matter how minor you consider your injuries.  Soft tissue damage that results from trauma such as whiplash may not even make itself manifest until days or weeks later. This tissue damage can become a much more serious problem if not treated correctly. The inflammation that will set in due to such damage can cause swelling and muscle spasms that develops into soreness, stiffness, numbness, headaches and other physical manifestations.

Sometimes it can be more than just soft tissue that is damaged such as an injury to nerves or ligaments.  Most people don’t understand that these types of injuries take a long time to heal, and sometimes can produce scar tissue that will need to be manipulated by a specialist so that the injury does not heal this way impeding further movement later.  Treatment that is given for these injuries is often downplayed, or people are just given pain medications to mask the symptoms and provide pain relief.  These methods will not address the problem over the long-term and can end up causing future difficulties and pain.

Other types of injuries that can have delayed symptoms are head injuries, spinal injuries, and shoulder injuries.  A person does not have to be driving fast when they are in a Mississippi car accident to suffer these injuries either. Sometimes a car will not even be damaged, and it will be easy to brush the auto accident off as no big deal.  This can be a grave mistake. Seeking medical attention and awareness of what your body is doing in the subsequent hours after a Mississippi car accident is important.

Symptoms that victims of auto accident in Mississippi should be aware of include the following:

  • Headaches
  • Problems with your vision
  • Pain and inflammation
  • Numbness or tingling in body parts
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability

It is important to seek out the advice of an experienced Mississippi auto accident attorney if you think you have sustained injuries in a car accident anywhere in Mississippi.  Many insurance carriers dismiss the seriousness of injuries and take the position that an auto accident victim is either faking or exaggerating his or her injuries. Insurance adjusters love to use insulting phrases like “low impact” collision as they make inappropriate settlement offers far below the real value of an injury victim’s claim.

Our Mississippi auto accident law firm offers a free initial case evaluation so call us today at (662) 834-2376.

If you are injured or a loved one’s life is tragically taken in an Mississippi car accident, the Mississippi car accident lawyers at the Barrett Law Office work hard and give its best efforts to obtain the full value of our client’s claim as we have been doing for car accident victims throughout Mississippi since 1933.

Mississippi ATV Accident Safety Record Needs Improvement

Monday, June 20th, 2011

It is no secret that ATV’s are dangerous, and we were reminded just last week again how dangerous they can be when Joe Montana, one of the most prolific NFL quarterbacks of all time, was injured while riding his around his ranch in Calistoga, CA.  The accident was not serious so he ended up only having to get a few stitches above his eye, but it does serve as a reminder as to how just a simple ride around the ranch on one of these vehicles can turn into a trip to the hospital.

There is no doubt that ATVs are used by thousands of people every year safely and without incident.  However, 700 people are killed every year while riding ATVs, and another 135,000 are injured according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC).  A third of the people that are killed are under the age of 16 years old. Mississippi actually comes in 13th in the nation for the highest number of fatalities caused by ATV accidents though it is only 31st when ranked by population.

The most common type of serious injuries suffered in ATV accidents is head injuries.  Some people that ride ATVs have an elevated level of confidence in the safety and stability of ATVs so that they do not think it is necessary to wear a helmet while riding.  The risk associated with this choice is akin to a person driving a motor vehicle and deciding that it is not necessary to wear a seat belt.  However, many ATVs like cars can reach speeds in excess of 70 miles an hour.  If a rider hits an object going 70 miles an hour, the rider is likely to be ejected from the vehicle and thrown a substantial distance.

During the years 2006 through 2008 about 140 injuries were treated annually in the ER due to Mississippi ATV accidents. Only 19 percent of those injured wore a helmet – a mere 26 out of 140 ATV riders treated in Mississippi emergency rooms annually during that period.  More than half of these riders was under the age of 16.  It is especially tragic when a young child with the child’s whole life in front of him or her sustains brain damage from one of these accidents and is unable to live independently.

An experienced Mississippi ATV accident understands the inherent design defects associated with ATVs.  A Mississippi ATV accident lawyer will conduct a careful investigation of the contributing factors to a client’s ATV accident and identify potential parties who may be liable for the ATC accident.  The most common causes of ATV accidents that result in injury to the passengers are negligence of the operator or ATV product defects.  If either of these is the case, then a passenger may be entitled to compensation for their injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one.  If the inherent defective design of an ATV makes it prone to rolling over, the driver of the ATV may have the basis for a product defect lawsuit against the ATV manufacturer or retailer.

Our Mississippi ATV attorneys have the expertise and knowledge of the laws in the state related to the safe manufacturer and operation of ATVs.  Our law firm is also familiar with the most common design and manufacturing issues with ATVs as well as prior ATV and ATV component recalls.  We carefully investigate our client’s ATV accidents to find witnesses who can testify regarding the circumstances of the accident and obtain any accident reports or medical reports that are associated with the accident.

The insurance companies for the responsible parties may go to drastic extremes to avoid paying your claim and even blame your for the Mississippi ATV accident.  If the insurance company refuses to fully compensate you, unreasonably delays the settlement of your claim or denies your claim entirely, then an experienced ATV injury lawyer can negotiate with them with the goal of either negotiating a settlement or pursuing your claim in litigation.

There are people in the state of Mississippi including State Rep. Dannie Reed, R-Ackerman, that are standing up and taking action to encourage more safety education and more ATV rider training in the state.  There are currently no ATV safety regulations in the state.   Maybe that is why the state’s injury rate from ATV accidents is three times the rate of the rest of the country.

If you or anyone you love has been injured or killed in an ATV accident, you may be eligible for compensation. Our Mississippi personal injury law firm has been handling personal injury cases since 1933.

Barrett Law Office PLLC is committed to help injury victims recover the compensation they need to rebuild their lives so call us today at (662) 834-2376 to see how we can help.

15-Passenger Vans Pose Danger to Community Groups in Mississippi

Friday, June 17th, 2011

There are about 500,000 15-passenger vans that are used on our roads in the United States.  These types of vans are used by shuttle van services, hotels, churches, school groups, and other organizations.  Unfortunately, there has been an increase in rollover accidents in recent years associated with these types of vans resulting in serious injury and even wrongful death.

The Dangers of the Design

These vans are susceptible to rollovers due to their lengthened design and the fact that they are inherently top heavy and unstable. With most 15-passenger vans, the back end was merely extended to provide for more seating room, however, the rear axle of the van remained in the same position. This results in seating for 4 people behind the rear axle of the van.  If the van swerves, then the van has a tendency to swing around in the back because of the extra weight behind the axle.

These vans have a high center of gravity and when fully loaded with passengers they become super top heavy. When the increase in weight in the back seating area is combined with the heavy top weight of the vehicle, it makes the 15-passenger van more likely to tip over. The vehicle also becomes very difficult to control in any sort of emergency situation.

When 10 or more people ride in a 15-passenger van, the risk of a rollover crash increases greatly according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  Additionally, many 15-passenger van accident victims are injured or killed due to the fact that they do not have their seat belts on when one of these vans rolls over.  It is recommended that organizations that insist on using these vans confirm that enough functioning seat belts are present and urge their passengers to wear a seat belt.

Poor maintenance and driving inexperience can also contribute to Mississippi 15-passenger van accidents.  The high rollover risk makes it imperative that tires not be allowed to become worn or old and that tire pressure be maintained.  Old tires or tires with improper air pressure may lead to a tire blowout which can start a dangerous rollover accident.  These vans also do not handle like an ordinary passenger vehicle because of their extended length and weight distribution so organizations should use an experienced driver to reduce the risk of rollover accidents.

These vans are not that safe for group travel, and there are other vehicles like mini vans and small school buses that are safer to use for the transport of large groups.  If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury or has been killed in a 15 passenger van accident, contact our personal injury attorneys at the Mississippi law office of Barrett Law PLLC.  Our attorneys have the experience and knowledge of the design defects associated with these vans to effectively represent Mississippi 15 passenger van accident victims. We offer a free case evaluation so call us today at (662) 834-2376 so that we can explain your rights and options.

Mississippi Car Accidents Caused by Inadequate Lighting

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

A lack of proper lighting on roadways in many urban areas and heavily traveled freeways can be highly dangerous to navigate at night. Without adequate lighting, pedestrians and motorists would certainly face many more challenges sharing Mississippi roadways without injury or death occurring.

The purpose of roadway lighting is to promote the safe movement of drivers and pedestrians at night so as to avoid accidents. Vehicle lights often are inadequate for drivers to safely navigate their surroundings or provide sufficient aid in avoiding collisions.  When roadway lighting is proper, it enables motorists and pedestrians to see quickly, distinctly and with certainty all significant obstacles and the road alignment ahead.

Inadequate lighting can cause Mississippi auto accidents because drivers are unable to see blind curves, bad grading on roads, a lack of barriers in the center or on the sides of the road, steep shoulders and unlit intersections.  Poorly lit rural roads are the site of 60 percent of fatal accidents in our country.  Lighting that is used on roads can be broken down into 4 separate categories:

  • High-Mount Lighting: These fixtures are designed to illuminate the sidewalks and streets of an area and are normally about 20-30 feet tall.
  • Medium-Mount Lighting: These fixtures are designed to help illuminate sidewalks at even a closer level. They are normally about 8-15 feet tall.  They are usually decorative and fit in with the design of the local area.
  • Low-Mount Lighting: These fixtures are designed to caution people regarding a specific obstruction or potential hazard and illuminate areas of interest on the street.
  • Focal Point Lighting: These are fixtures that illuminate special points of interest. They light up works of art or billboards.

Inadequate lighting that is common in rural stretches of roadway can result in car accidents that cause catastrophic injury or wrongful death.  Despite a far lower volume of traffic in rural areas, these less traveled road typically have much higher auto accident rates in Mississippi and throughout the U.S.  These roads often have long dark stretches with virtually no lighting.  The lack of traffic and residential or commercial development can make these areas completely absent of lighting that permits drivers to navigate upcoming curves or obstructions in the roadway.  This complete lack of lighting also creates a substantial risk of trip and fall accidents for pedestrians.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an accident that was due to inadequate lighting on the roadway, we invite you to call our Mississippi personal injury law office today.  Public entities may be responsible for a lack of proper lighting.  Our experienced Mississippi car accident lawyers conduct a thorough investigation of our clients’ Mississippi car accident cases to identify all possible negligent parties including other drivers, public entities and defective vehicle manufacturers.

Our origins fighting for the rights of Mississippi car accident victims were established in 1933.  If you or your loved ones have been injured in a Mississippi car accident or your loved one has been the victim of wrongful death, we offer a free case evaluation so call Barrett Law Office PLLC at 662-834-2376.