Tammy Holliday, a 39 year old Walls Elementary School cafeteria worker, was tragically killed in a serious automobile accident at what many have called a very dangerous intersection in Walls, MS. According to Milton Kuykendall, Desoto County School Superintendent, this intersection, which is located nearby the Lake Cormorant School, has been the subject of numerous accidents and one that badly needed a traffic signal.
Unfortunately, the need for safety measures (such as placement of a much needed traffic signal) are often not taken seriously until such time as a serious injury or death occurs. However, even when traffic signals are installed, it is more often the case they are not properly maintained–resulting in serious injury to those driving or pedestrians crossing these intersections.
When someone is injured or killed as a result of someone failing and/or refusing to take appropriate safety measures, the law can hold that person/company/municipality liable for resulting damages.
In Mississippi, as in many other states, the law does provide certain immunities to governmental agencies. Therefore, it is very important to seek out experienced legal counsel to assist in navigating through the potential pitfalls associated with bringing a claim against a city, county, state or federal government.
The Desoto Times Tribune, “Accident Prompts Calls for Signal”, April 23, 2010.