Police say the accident happened around 8:40 in the morning on Tuesday May 21st. Witnesses said that the bus and the cement truck collided after the cement truck driver lost control while merging into a southbound lane from South Parkway. Even more tragically, the force of the collision threw the driver out of the front windshield of the bus where she then became stuck. Sanders was dragged underneath the bus and never had time to get away. [Read more…]
Mississippi Highway Patrol has announced that a 91-year-old man from Natchez, Mississippi, died last month in a terrible car accident caused by a suspected drunk driver. Highway Patrol spokesperson Sgt. Rusty Boyd said that John H. Buckles died after his truck was hit from behind on U.S. 84 and then rolled into a ditch.
Police say that the accident happened at 7:23 p.m. near the Adams County Correctional Center. Mr. Buckles was driving westbound in the far right lane when another truck driven by 30-year-old Cameron Collier smashed directly into the back of Buckle’s pickup.
Officers say the force of the accident was so great that Buckle’s truck was thrown off the roadway. Once the truck left the road it rolled several times before coming to a rest at the bottom of a ditch, upside down. Emergency responders called for an airlift for Buckles who was taken to the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, Louisiana but sadly died along the way. [Read more…]
According to the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the accident happened when a 2008 Ford truck collided with a 2000 Chevrolet pick-up. The Chevy was being driven by Walter Havard, 44, while the Ford was being driven by John White, 25. Police say the fatal accident left Havard and another passenger, 38-year-old Timothy Collier, dead.
The accident took place in the middle of the day, just after three in the afternoon, when Havard was heading south down U.S. 61. Witnesses say that Havard may have failed to yield as he turned into the median crossover and tried to turn onto Douglas Road. [Read more…]
A new report by the West Virginia University School of Public Health concluded that laws passed across the country to punish those texting behind the wheel have likely had little effect and have not done much to reduce the number of car wreck injuries caused by distracted driving.
The study, “Keeping an Eye on Distracted Driving,” appears in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The authors of the study found that in 2003, cell phone use behind the wheel likely caused more than 300,000 total injuries and 2,600 fatalities. Between 2005 and 2009, as new legislation was passed across the country, these numbers increased by 22 percent. The study found that despite increased legislation meant to force drivers to put down their phones, the problem is likely to worsen over the coming years. [Read more…]
The research relied on 12 volunteers who completed a series of driving tasks on two different days. The study assessed their braking, reaction time, speed deviation and lane changes. On one day the volunteers were asked to drive under four conditions: no phone use, simple conversation over a hands-free device, deep conversation over hands-free device and text messaging. [Read more…]
This “out of the blue” increase in train accidents has officials worried across Mississippi about what needs to be done to stop the rise. National statistics reveal how dangerous trains can be: every 115 minutes a person or a vehicle is hit by a train. The Department of Transportation says that some 5,800 train/vehicle accidents happen every day in the United States and that these crashes result in 600 deaths and injuries to 2,300 people. [Read more…]
Due to an odd twist of Mississippi law, regulations state that failure to have a child properly restrained shall not be viewed as contributory or comparative negligence. Even more surprising, the fine for such an offense cannot exceed $25.
The specific law at issue is Mississippi Code Section 63-7-301. The law says, on the one hand, that every driver on Mississippi roadways that is carrying a child under four is required to provide for the protection of the child by using a child restraint device that meets federal safety standards. On the other hand, the law goes on to say that a failure to provide such a device cannot be considered comparative negligence. [Read more…]
Most drivers believe they are excellent behind the wheel, despite freely admitting to dangerous driving practices. As part of new research that was commissioned by Ford, researchers interviewed more than 2,500 Americans with driving licenses. The subjects were all over 18 years old, and came from 18 different cities. [Read more…]
When shopping for car insurance, many people are put off by not knowing which of the many varieties of coverage they may actually need and which ones are merely there to line the pockets of insurance companies. A recent article by Yahoo Finance analyzed some standard insurance policies to come up with a guide for what kinds of coverage the average consumer needs. The Yahoo article gave each variety of coverage a ranking according to color: red meaning the policy is urgent, orange to signify important and yellow, meaning least critical. First things first, liability coverage:
• Liability Coverage
• Urgency: Red [Read more…]
One recent example includes a 32-year-old from Mississippi who is being held on weapon and drug charges following a crash last month in Virginia that killed three people and injured five others. [Read more…]