Texting and Driving in Mississippi

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In July of 2015, Mississippi joined many of the other states in the U.S. that have banned texting while driving. So, if you are caught sending text messages or posting to social media while operating a vehicle, you will be subject to a fine of $25 during this first year, and $100 per citation after that. More importantly, though, is the potential damage that could come about as a result of this very distracting activity.

Studies show that people who text while driving are 23% more likely to crash. In 2013 alone, more than 600 Mississippi drivers died on the road, and experts say that at least 100 of those were the direct result of texting while driving. The activity has been touted as being more dangerous than drunk driving, and the statistics certainly support that observation.

So, what happens if you experience a collision with someone on the road who was texting when the incident occurred?

Law enforcement agencies are still catching up to this dangerous and growing trend, so not only are criminal penalties relatively light, but proving that texting was involved may prove to be a challenge for you. This is one of many reasons why it is imperative that you reach out to a lawyer as soon as possible after you’ve been involved in any type of auto accident.

An experienced personal injury attorney will help you get the compensation you need for things like lost wages, personal property damage, medical bills, and any other associated expenses. In certain cases, you may also be able to pursue punitive damages, which are meant to prevent the defendant from committing the same dangerous act again in the future. If this is not the defendant’s first texting and driving incident, or if his or her behavior was particularly egregious for some reason, obtaining punitive damages may be a very real possibility for you.

Driving while texting is not only dangerous to other drivers, but also to cyclists and pedestrians. This is true for all types of distracted driving, and accidents are caused by these behaviors at an alarming rate. If you have been the victim of one of these unfortunate incidents, our team of experienced lawyers would be happy to discuss your options with you.

Contact the skilled and proven team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation.

Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.

Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.

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