It’s no secret that car accidents are common and can often be quite severe; approximately 1.35 million people worldwide die from roadway accidents. Mississippi, a southern state in the US, has a high record of road accidents on some of its major roads. The estimated rate of fatalities in Mississippi is 20% greater than in most other states. Common factors that contribute to motor vehicle accidents in Gulfport include loose gravel, less police presence to enforce the speed limit, windy country roads, speeding, and distracted drivers. All drivers should be careful anytime they’re behind the wheel, but there are areas in Mississippi where this is particularly important. If you have been in a car accident anywhere in Mississippi and think it was the other driver’s fault, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today to discuss your options.
US-98/Hardy Street, Hattiesburg
This road tops the most dangerous roads you will find in Mississippi. According to statistics, it has a record of about 7,649 crashes between 2010 and 2014. This highway is susceptible to accidents because it is surrounded by large, urban areas, and many different exits. Additionally, danger is increased due to traffic coming directly from US-49 – a busy, main highway, is less than two miles from the point Hardy Street begins.
MS-25/Lakeland Drive, Jackson
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), rural roads are the most dangerous in Mississippi. The MS-25/Lakeland Drive in Jackson is a close second. This road connects urban and rural areas, and has a four-lane divided highway, running through 13 cities in Mississippi and spanning approximately 150 miles. The high speed of rural areas and the busy roads of urban surroundings make this road extremely dangerous.
MS-302/Goodman Road, Memphis
Another incredibly dangerous road in Mississippi is MS-302/Goodman Road. This road is just outside of the central city, Memphis. The primary reason this road is so prone to accidents is that it intersects six major highways.
Furthermore, the most dangerous aspect of the location of this road comes from the fact that it runs through rural areas. This makes it extremely difficult for emergency responders to reach accidents on time. Additionally, law enforcement finds it hard to patrol this road because of this reason.
US-90/Bienville Blvd, Biloxi
This road records fewer crashes compared to the previous roads mentioned above. However, this does not make the number less dangerous or disturbing. US-90/Bienville Blvd in Biloxi records about 4,209 crashes between 2010 and 2014, mainly because of how long the highway spans. This highway runs through many picturesque coastal towns, increasing its traffic numbers and chances of accidents occurring.
The US-45 in Meridian runs through the state to Mobile. It routes through urban and rural areas, and recorded approximately 2,287 crashes between 2010 and 2014, mainly because of the total length of the road. US-45 road is one of the most extended stretches of road that you can drive along in Mississippi.
Interstate 20 consists of many dangerous curves, making it a dangerous road to drive on. Additionally, large commercial trucks are common. For both of these reasons, it’s important to always keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. The curves of the road make it easy for drivers to lose control and crash into vehicles in front of them.
If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by something or someone outside of your control, it’s important to speak with a Gulfport personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to learn what your options are. Contact us to schedule a free consultation.