Archive for May, 2017

Mississippi Trucking Accident Attorney Discusses Trucking Accidents Involving Hazardous Materials

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

The wreckage from tractor trailer accidents can make a huge mess on the road, and the massive vehicles often block the roadway for some time before the road can get cleared. Sometimes, the contents of a truck will spill out when the truck gets into a wreck. If the truck is carrying books, clothing, or other household or non-hazardous items, it can take a while to get the cargo cleaned up, but it doesn’t create a threat to the environment or people in the area if traffic near the accident scene is properly diverted until the road is clear. If the truck contains hazardous cargo, there is a potential risk to environmental and human health and safety if the cargo spills in a crash,

A recent accident involving a tanker truck carrying hydrogen peroxide created such a threat when the truck overturned in the median of I-22. Since there was a hazardous substance involved in that accident, there was a lot more to clean it up than removing the wrecked truck from the road. The wreck closed the highway for hours, as emergency personnel worked to keep people at least a half of a mile away from it because a crack in the tank of the truck was releasing hydrogen peroxide vapor into the air. The driver did not get hurt in the wreck, and the vapor did not catch fire. Cleanup efforts after the crash included air quality monitoring to check for dangerous levels of the vapor as well as dilution of the hydrogen peroxide to a safe concentration. Local fire departments brought tanker trucks full of water to the accident scene, where they used the water to dilute the hydrogen peroxide. Air quality monitoring equipment got used to ensure that the vapors were not creating a risk of fire or explosion.

Hydrogen peroxide, in a highly diluted form, is safe for use as an antiseptic and many people have it at home in their medicine cabinets. Concentrated hydrogen peroxide, which is what as contained in the tanker that overturned, is an irritant, which means that it can harm skin, eyes, and respiratory organs. It is also corrosive, so it can burn skin and eat through different substances. Hydrogen peroxide vapors are flammable and can catch fire and even explode. It is fortunate that none of the potentially dangerous things that could have happened in this recent tractor trailer wreck came to pass. The accident is an illustration of the potential danger of trucking accidents involving hazardous materials.

Barrett Law PLLC:   Helping People Who Get Hurt In Mississippi Trucking Accidents

Accidents involving tractor trailers can cause serious injury, fatalities, and property damage. Some tractor trailer accidents can even spill hazardous cargo onto the roadway, increasing the risk of serious injury, death, environmental harm and property damage. To learn more about how Mississippi trucking accident victims can file a claim for damages that they sustained as the result of a Mississippi truck wreck, call the knowledgeable Mississippi Personal Injury Attorney at Barrett Law PLLC, at 1 (800) 707-9577 today.

Mississippi BP Oil Spill Attorneys Discuss Damage to Marine Life

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon had a devastating impact on the Gulf Coast economy as well as on marine life in the Gulf of Mexico. In the years since the spill, researchers have studied the plants and animals in the Gulf of Mexico closely to assess the full impact of the massive oil spill. The oil spill released over a hundred million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Oil is traditionally measured in barrels, but when you translate barrels into gallons, it is much easier for everyone to understand just how much oil that is. The oil covered over forty thousand square miles of the water’s surface and contaminated over one thousand three hundred miles of shoreline.

Thousands of sea turtles and marine mammals died from the oil spill and those animals that did not die faced the challenge of living in a polluted habitat that extended from the surface down to the ocean floor. Some individuals have been able to survive, but the impact on the populations of many species is devastating. Researchers who study marine life estimate that populations of some species could remain below pre-spill numbers for decades, even as habitat restoration projects get completed.

Thousands of the species of marine life that live in the Gulf of Mexico were protected species before the oil spill, meaning that their numbers were already of concern. The spill put those species at even greater risk for extinction. The animals that researchers have studied during their efforts to understand how the spill affected wildlife experienced a variety of means of exposure to the oil and the substance that were used to clean up the oil including ingestion, topical exposure, inhalation, and consumption of oil that was on the foods that they ate. These exposures caused many negative health effects like organ failure, respiratory failure, and reproductive failure.

Some of the more highly visible species have given researchers insight into how the spill is affecting them. For example, the population of bottlenose dolphins in Barataria Bay, Louisiana appears to have been reduced by half. The population of bottlenose dolphins in the Mississippi Sound decreased even more dramatically, with a current population that is sixty-two percent smaller than it was before the oil spill. Populations of endangered sea turtles like the Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle have experienced similar declines.

Research findings like these findings factored into the almost nine billion dollar allocation for natural resource damage that got included in the twenty billion dollar BP Oil Spill settlement that got approved by a U.S. federal judge last year. The funds that are designated for addressing natural resource damage are beginning to get used for a variety of habitat restoration projects in the Gulf Coast area.

Barrett Law PLLC:  Supporting Those Damaged by the BP Oil Spill

The BP oil spill caused enormous amounts of environmental damage and widespread economic damage throughout the Gulf Coast region. The twenty billion dollar BP Oil Spill settlement is beginning to be put to use in environmental and economic restoration projects throughout the region. If you have questions about the BP oil spill litigation, call the Mississippi BP Oil Spill Attorneys at Barrett Law PLLC at 1 (800) 707-9577, to arrange an initial consultation.


Mississippi Whistleblower Attorneys Remind You That Whistleblowers Matter

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

The risks that whistleblower take are enormous. They risk the jobs that give them the financial resources that they need to support themselves and their families; they risk their personal and professional reputations that they have worked so hard to build. They take the risk that they will be unable to find a job within the profession that they enjoy. They know that there is likely to be retaliation against them, cruel mistreatment both on the job and off. They risk humiliation, isolation, and getting reassigned to do mindless busywork, often out of sight of their co-workers. They risk all of these things because they feel compelled to stand up for what is right.

While whistleblowers often suffer much after they make after they disclose wrongdoing, that suffering sometimes bears much fruit. Wrongdoing exposed by whistleblowers can lead to investigations that reveal violations of the law. Companies and organizations that have been breaking the rules get held accountable for their actions. Improper business practices get brought to a halt. Individuals and organizations get required to pay back what they wrongfully acquired. The wrongs that the whistleblowers seek to expose do sometimes get made right as the eventual result of their actions.  The following story is an example of what can happen after a person speaks out to expose wrongdoing that they see in their work.

In 2005, Kamal Mustafa Al-Sultan, the general manager of a contracting firm that partnered with Agility Public Warehousing (Agility), a Kuwaiti logistics company, filed a civil whistleblower claim regarding Agility’s dealings in its contracts with the United States government. Agility was contracting with the government to provide food for American troops who were serving in Jordan, Kuwait, and Iraq.

The whistleblower claim alleged that Agility Public Warehousing dealt fraudulently with the United States government, manipulating funding formulas, providing false statements and invoices, inflating food prices, and failing to pass along the discounts and rebates that it received from vendors even though passing along those savings was required by the terms of Agility’s contract with the government.

After that whistleblower claim got filed, the United States Department of Justice investigated Agility’s dealings with the government. The investigation revealed that Agility, through its fraudulent actions, had defrauded the United States government of nearly seventy million dollars. The Department of Justice confronted Agility with its allegations. Agility recently agreed to pay ninety-five million dollars to resolve the allegations of fraud that the Department of Justice brought against it. In conjunction with the settlement, Agility entered a guilty plea to the misdemeanor offense of theft of government funds.

The Mississippi Whistleblower Protection Attorneys of Barrett Law PLLC applaud the efforts of whistleblowers. It is not easy to expose wrongdoing within your workplace because the consequences can be harsh. However, your actions can make a huge difference as the case above illustrates. To learn more about whistleblower claims, call.1 (800) 707-9577 to arrange an initial consultation with the Mississippi Whistleblower Attorneys of Barrett Law PLLC.


Mississippi Whistleblower Attorney Discusses Retaliation Against Chicago Police Detective

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Whistleblower retaliation can occur in any workplace when a whistleblower’s disclosure of inappropriate conduct within the workplace threatens “business as usual.”  Many times, whistleblowers feel like they must disclose improper activity because doing so is part of their job. That is what happened to Beth Svec, a detective for the Chicago Police Department.

In 2015, Svec was selected to participate in a pilot program where detectives conducted follow-up investigations in cases where there was an arrest for unlawful possession of guns. The follow-up investigations were a part of Svec’s job when she was assigned to investigate a case in which two officers arrested two men. As part of the investigation, Beth Svec talked with the two officers, who told her a version of the events of the arrest that matched what they had written in their police reports regarding the incident. The remainder of the investigation involved Svec interviewing the two men who got arrested, as well as talking with eyewitnesses and watching video footage.

When Svec conducted those parts of her follow-up investigation, the accounts of the two men, the remarks from the eyewitnesses, and the video footage all told a story that agreed with each other but not with the accounts of the officers or their police reports. Since there was a discrepancy between the two stories, Svec told the officers about it.

The officers immediately told their supervisors about what had happened, and Svec told her supervisors about it as well. There was a disagreement over whether the two men should be charged with felonies. Svec spoke with the state’s attorney’s office, which chose not to charge the men with felonies. The State’s Attorney’s Office contacted the Chicago Police Department’s Bureau of Internal Affairs which started an investigation into the matter.  The city’s Independent Police Review Authority is also investigating the case, as is the United States Department of Justice.

After all of that, Svec got informed that she was no longer part of the gun crime case investigation project and that she was getting transferred to another district. Her work schedule even got changed so that she was only working midnight shifts. Beth Svec considers these actions forms of retaliation because she has been stripped of some of her duties, reassigned, and given shifts that are less desirable than the schedule that she was working previously. She has filed a whistleblower protection claim seeking compensation as well as reinstatement to her previous assignment.

Barrett Law PLLC:  Providing a Strong Defense for Mississippi Whistleblowers

Whistleblowers like the detective whose case is discussed above can experience retaliation in a variety of ways. Sometimes, retaliation takes the form of in-your-face bullying or harassment. At other times, there may be threats of violence, threats of humiliation, or threats of some other harm. In Beth Svec’s case, the retaliation was more subtle – barring her from participating in a special project, reassigning her to a different district, and changing her work schedule. This is subtler than some of the other forms of retaliation, but it is possible that those things are also retaliatory actions. If you think that you might have experienced retaliation, you might be able to file a claim for damages. To learn more about whistleblower protection claims, call the Mississippi Whistleblower Attorney at Barrett Law PLLC today at 1 (800) 707-9577 for an initial consultation.



Mississippi Workplace Accident Attorney Shares Research that Shows Companies Prioritize Earnings Over Safety

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Many people suspect that companies often place profits at a higher priority than how they treat their workers. A recent study that was published in the Journal of Accounting and Economics analyzes data to examine the relationship between management’s earnings goals and workplace safety. Companies don’t just hire employees to do jobs and hope for the best. Firms employ financial analysts who analyze data and forecast earnings, and management often holds those earnings forecasts in high regard, doing whatever they can to ensure that their earnings numbers meet the analysts’ forecasts.

When management feels pressure to meet earnings forecasts, they, in turn, put pressure on the people who are responsible for producing the goods or services that will bring in the earnings. They tell supervisors to have their employees work harder and faster to produce as much as possible. However, employees can only work so hard and so fast before their work practices become unsafe.

Tragic injuries and deaths can occur in manufacturing, and other types of workplaces and more accidents happen when the pressure to produce is at its peak. Managers who feel pressure to meet earnings forecasts increase their workers’ workloads by urging them to work faster or to work more hours. Working faster often means cutting corners, and cutting corners often involve sacrificing safety for speed. It is not difficult to see how a person is more likely to get hurt when they are operating a machine as fast as they can than they are when they are using the same device at a slower, more steady pace. There is also a risk for overexertion when workers are working as hard and as fast as they can.

Another way in which a need for speed makes a workplace less safe is that managers may encourage employees to skip maintenance tasks, training time, and other safety-related job functions to keep on producing as much as they can during their working hours.

The research indicates that injury and job-related illness rates are higher for firms that just barely meet or exceed earnings forecasts. Companies that far exceed analysts’ forecasts have lower injury rates, and so do companies that come in well below the analysts’ forecasts. The study also analyzed union vs. non-union injury rates, and the findings indicate that injury rates at union firms are much lower than at non-union workplaces. This is likely due in part to the fact that union employees negotiate safety procedures into their contracts and they also have union representatives that the can talk to if they encounter safety issues. This is a sharp contrast to non-union workers, who may feel like they can’t report unsafe conditions or situations to their supervisors out of fear that they will be reprimanded or told to ignore the danger and keep on producing

Barrett Law PLLC:  Helping Mississippi Workplace Accident Victims Recover

If the pressure to produce more faster at your job was a contributing factor in your work-related injury, you are not alone. Many workers face pressure from profit-minded management to produce as much as possible, even if it means rushing your work along and ignoring safe work practices when taking the time to do things the safe way would slow you down. To learn more about how we could help you with a workplace accident claim, call the Mississippi Workplace Accident Attorneys at Barrett Law PLLC at 1 (800) 707-9577.

Mississippi Workplace Accident Attorneys Discuss Injury Rates at U.S. Auto Factories

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

There is a variety of automobile manufacturing facilities across the United States. Some are older factories run by well-established automakers; others are newer plants built and run by those same brands. There are also automobile manufacturing plants that are not only new, but that are owned by relative newcomers to the automotive manufacturing industry.

Workers at all automobile manufacturing facilities face certain risks in their workplaces. However, auto industry data reveals that some manufacturing facilities have higher rates of worker injury than others do. One automobile manufacturing plant that is suspected of having a higher than average worker injury rate is the Tesla factory in Fremont, California. Efforts are underway by the United Autoworkers’ Union to unionize the facility, but their progress has been slow. Industry data supports a conclusion that union factories have lower injury and accident rates than non-union plants do.

Tesla asserts that its safety record is better than the industry average. When the nonprofit organization Worksafe looked into the matter, they found that while Tesla’s Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) for the first quarter of this year is currently lower than the national average.  Moreover, data from previous years indicates that during other years, the TRIR at the Fremont facility was substantially higher than the national average.

The possibility of a change in direction for Tesla’s TRIR rate at their Fremont facility is encouraging, even though it must be taken with a grain of salt because it is still too early in the year to determine whether the decrease in injuries is a trend or a reprieve from higher injury rates. While we are unable to know whether the higher TRIRs for the company’s earlier years were the result of it being a new company, it is possible that they were and that as Tesla becomes more established, the Fremont manufacturing facility becoming a safer place to work. In fact, the car company has declared one of its manufacturing goals as having a very low rate of worker injuries as compared to other automakers.

Barrett Law PLLC:  Representing Injured Mississippi Workers and Their Families

Automobile manufacturing injury and fatality cases can get complicated. The machinery and work processes involved in modern auto manufacturing processes are technologically advanced, but they still create substantial risks to the workers who operate the machines every day. It can be difficult to understand the workplace injury claims process, and if you are missing time from work because you are hurt, you are likely to want to pursue a claim for damages related to your workplace accident as soon as possible to minimize the financial impact of your injury on your life.

A workplace injury attorney can help you pursue a claim for damages after a workplace accident, and they can offer valuable support and guidance at each stage of the claims process. If you got hurt in an automobile manufacturing accident or you lost a loved one in an automobile manufacturing plant accident, get help from a Mississippi Workplace Accident Attorney. Call the Mississippi Workplace Accident Attorneys at Barrett Law PLLC at 1 (800) 707-9577 to learn more.



Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys Share Safety Tips for Driving in Traffic

Monday, May 15th, 2017

A horrific crash in Gautier claimed the lives of four people. The accident occurred in heavy traffic. An accident had stopped traffic on the westbound side of the highway. As people sat in traffic waiting for that accident to get cleared, a devastating pile-up crash occurred. An eighteen wheeler rear-ended an SUV, and the force of the impact pushed the SUV into the rear of a pickup truck and then into the rear of another tractor trailer. The four adults who perished in the wreck were all passengers in the SUV.

It is essential that drivers learn how to drive safely through congested traffic. Sitting in traffic can be annoying, and it can make you feel anxious if you are trying to arrive somewhere at a specific time. Despite how you feel about sitting in traffic, you must remain aware of what is going on around you and do what you can to stay safe.

One way to drive safely in traffic is to avoid it whenever possible. Sometimes, you can commute to work early and leave early, or go in later and stay later to avoid rush hour traffic on either end of the day. For non-work trips, plan to go during times when traffic is not usually heavy. Sometimes planning your trip around traffic is not an option. When that happens, it is time to employ the following safe-driving strategies.

Whenever you are driving, look ahead of you often, so that you can see traffic slowing or stopping before you get right up to it. When you see slowed or stopped traffic, slow down accordingly as you approach it. Once you are sitting in traffic that is slowed or stopped, it can be tempting to distract yourself with a smartphone, loud music, or conversation. It may seem counter-intuitive, but you must pay extra close attention to driving when you are driving slowly or not even moving. If you have ever turned the radio way, way down while driving in a congested area or you have asked your children to “Be quiet, there is traffic, and I need to focus,” you understand the need for focus that driving in traffic creates. Turn off the phone, turn down the radio, and ask that your passengers help you be safe by talking quietly amongst themselves.

Now that you are focused on the road and the traffic around you, it’s time to drive defensively. Pay attention to your surroundings, keep your vehicle moving with the flow of traffic, and leave plenty of space between your car and other nearby vehicles. As traffic begins to move, maintain more and more space between your vehicle and the car in front of you as speed increases because you need room to stop if traffic slows down or stops again.

Barrett Law PLLC:  Serving Families Affected by Mississippi Car Crashes

If your family has been affected by a Mississippi motor vehicle wreck, a Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorney can help you pursue a claim for your damages or your loss. Call the Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys at Barrett Law PLLC, at 1 (800) 707-9577, to learn more.

Mississippi Whistleblower Attorney Says Some Whistleblowers Experience Stress-related Health Issues

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

When a whistleblower steps out and speaks up about the inappropriate conduct that they see within their workplace, they risk many things for the sake of doing what is right. Unfortunately, in addition to job security, reputation, and other things, their physical and emotional health may be compromised.

A woman who is the lead case technician at the Madison, Wisconsin Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (part of the Social Security Administration, or SSA) is living out the nightmare of what can happen to a whistleblower’s health after they shed light on inappropriate activity in their workplace. Federal employees are required by law to report abuse, waste, or fraud that they see within their agencies, so the woman is suffering because she did her job properly.

As with other whistleblowers who experience retaliation, the woman is stuck between two unappealing options – stay and continue to be treated terribly, or leave and lose her livelihood. Being trapped in that position is not only difficult, for this woman it is causing her physical harm. The stress that she experiences as the result of the way that she gets treated at work has caused her to have migraines much more often than she has ever had them before. She has even been having what doctors call “mini-strokes” because of the stress that she is subject to at work. She is at high risk for major stroke. The woman’s doctor has even suggested that she stop working until her whistleblower case is resolved, stating an admirable yet unachievable goal of zero workplace stress that would be hard for her to attain even if she were to leave her position at the Madison SSA.

The Madison SSA, which is currently under investigation for cover-ups, corruption, poor hiring practices, racism, sexism, and more, has given the woman permission to work at home, which she does. Unfortunately, working from home has not protected her from workplace bullying. Harassment now comes in intimidating emails, instant messenger messages, and phone calls. The woman is gradually getting stripped of her duties, which is humiliating and adds stress on top of the stress from the harassment. This particular employee is one whose work performance was lauded before she became a whistleblower. She has received numerous awards for excellent work during her time at the SSA.

The woman who is suffering ill health as the result of workplace retaliation at the Madison SSA is not alone in her experience. A recent study of twenty-five whistleblowers indicated that they were either let go from their jobs or forced out of them by increasing pressure through bullying and harassment until they finally cracked under pressure and left. The SSA and other employers are not supposed to retaliate against whistleblowers, but the anti-retaliation provisions of the whistleblower protection laws don’t seem to prevent employers from engaging in bullying, demotion, harassment, and other retaliatory actions.

Barrett Law PLLC:  Defense for Mississippi Whistleblowers

If you have reported inappropriate conduct in your workplace, you are probably protected by the whistleblower protection laws. If you are experiencing retaliation like intimidation, humiliation, bullying, harassment, or another kind of unfair treatment you might be able to file a claim for damages.  To learn more, call the Mississippi Whistleblower Attorney of Barrett Law PLLC today at 1 (800) 707-9577 for an initial consultation.


Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss Tubing Accidents

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Recently, an Indiana man was injured in a tubing accident after he collided with a dock. As such, he was airlifted to the hospital from the accident scene and underwent emergency surgery to amputate his lower leg.

Tubing can be a lot of fun, and it is an activity that the whole family can enjoy if you do it safely. Keep yourself, your friends, and your family as safe as possible during your tubing outings by following these safety tips:

  • Everyone must wear a life jacket while they are tubing. Children should wear them at all times both on the tube and on the boat, and while it is ideal that adults wear them all of the time, wearing the life jacket on the tube and keeping the life jacket within easy reach while on the boat is safer than not having or wearing one at all.
  • Know how to use your tubing equipment before you take it out. Explain safe tubing to all users, and follow all of the manufacturer’s specifications for height, weight, age limits, speed, and the number of riders that can use each tube. Inspect your equipment regularly for signs of wear and replace as needed.
  • Know the capabilities of your riders and tow them in a manner consistent with their abilities. Use spotters for everyone’s safety. Someone besides the driver should always be watching the tube, leaving the driver free to concentrate on watching where they are going.
  • Know the rules for the body of water that you are using, especially towing speeds. Never mix alcohol with tubing, and respect all applicable regulations. A citation for violating the rules can ruin even the most fun tubing excursion.
  • Check your tow line before you take off to ensure that it is securely fastened. Use a rope designed for towing tubes, and check it regularly to ensure that it is in proper working condition and that it is not damaged.
  • Wait for your rider to be ready before you start the boat. Check to see that they are properly positioned on the tube and that they have a firm grip on the line.
  • Use caution and go slow when you cross a wake.
  • Use extreme care when towing multiple tubes or, even better, avoid towing more than one tube at once. Many boaters are not aware that a lot of tubing accidents occur when multiple tubes are being towed.

Barrett Law PLLC:  Help for Mississippi Boating Accident Victims

A personal injury attorney can help boating accident victims and their families pursue claims for damages or losses in connection with a boating accident. You might be able to file a claim based on property damage, medical bills and lost wages, pain, and suffering, and more. The Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys at Barrett Law PLLC have represented many plaintiffs and their families. To learn more, please call our office today, at 1 (800) 707-9577 to schedule a free, initial consultation.

Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys Share Safe Driving Tips for Drivers of Standard-Shift Vehicles

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Many people enjoy driving standard-shift cars, even though there is more effort required in learning how to drive them safely. Whether you’re learning how to drive a standard-shift car or you are an experienced driver, it is a good idea to review the following safe driving tips for navigating slowed and stopped traffic safely with your standard-shift vehicle.

The most basic safe driving strategy for getting through heavy traffic in your standard-shift car is to allow plenty of space in between your car and the vehicle in front of you. If you’re accustomed to driving an automatic shift vehicle, be aware that the suggested amount of space between vehicles is even greater for standard-shift vehicles than it is for automatic shift vehicles so leave more than you usually would. The space between your car and the car in front of you will enable you to creep forward in low gear when traffic begins to move, eliminating the need to ride your clutch or shift more often than necessary.

Stop and go traffic can be frustrating when you are driving a standard-shift car. It is a good idea to learn how your vehicle handles and decide whether you prefer first or second gear for navigating traffic jams. When you need to slow down use engine braking to your advantage by easing off of the gas and shifting into a lower gear when the RPMs are low enough to do so. Shifting in this manner is much more gentle than an abrupt shift, and makes for less wear and tear on your car.

If someone is following you too close behind, remain calm. The law expects drivers to leave space between their car and the car in front of them, in acknowledgment of the fact that standard transmission vehicles roll back when the driver is shifting into first gear. If someone is close to your bumper, give your car a little more gas than you normally would as you shift into first and slowly let the clutch out.

Whenever you can, maintain a constant speed that is slightly slower than the traffic. You can avoid frequent shifts by doing this, and it also gives you time to respond to the maneuvers of cars near you. It also helps you to keep a good distance between your car and the car in front of you. Be prepared to downshift quickly if a car cuts into that space because that can happen, especially in traffic.

Barrett Law PLLC:  Help for Mississippi Traffic Accident Victims

Accidents that occur in slowed or stopped traffic can cause severe injury or death. If you got hurt or a family member got killed in a traffic accident, contact a Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorney right away. If you would like to find out more about what a Mississippi automobile accident lawyer could do for you and your family after an accident, call the Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys of Barrett Law PLLC at 1 (800) 707-9577 to arrange an initial consultation.