While a Mississippi car wreck can have a variety of causes, simple human error is the most common reason. Distracted driving is one danger that has become more and more widespread due to advances in phones and other technology. Even more basic activities like eating, drinking and conversing with passengers can constitute a distraction.

Impaired driving is another common factor. This includes driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol, prescription drugs and even some over-the-counter medicines. Drivers might also have medical episodes like stroke or heart attack that lead them to crash. If drivers do not think of the risk factors, they may not be entirely freed from blame for such episodes.

Another form of negligence is to fail to maintain one’s vehicle. Bad brakes and bald tires will only heighten the risk for a crash. Complete mechanical failure could occur, too, but without any negligence on the driver’s part. Sometimes, the fault may be on the automakers’ side. Drivers should always be on alert for vehicle recalls.

A driver may not be to blame for an accident if a traffic light is burnt out or if an animal suddenly crosses the road. However, this is something the police must determine. It’s important to note that drivers are expected to know specific state laws, such as the legality of making a right turn on red.

In the event of an auto accident, law enforcement  will normally determine who was at fault and, thus, who will be eligible for a claims payment. In Mississippi, contributory negligence will not bar plaintiffs from recovery, but it is always a good idea to hire a lawyer for the filing of the claim. After evaluating the case under the “pure comparative negligence” rule, an attomey may proceed to negotiations and strive for a reasonable settlement or litigate  with the auto insurance company.  If you’ve been injured in an accident, contact George B. Ready to protect your rights and to pursue those responsible for your injuries.