According to WLOX, a head-on collision between a pickup truck and a sedan resulted in one fatality late last month. The crash occurred on Hwy. 57 in Jackson County at around 4 p.m. on a Friday.
Mississippi Highway Patrol determined a 21-year-old man was driving a 2007 Ford F-150 north when he crossed over the centerline into the southbound lane and collided with a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze that had been traveling south.
Responders pronounced the driver of the sedan, a 33-year-old woman from Vancleave, dead at the scene. The driver of the truck sustained injuries in the impact, and authorities brought him to Ocean Springs Hospital for treatment.
Investigators say both motorists were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. The underlying cause of the wreck remains under investigation.
If you were hurt in a head-on collision with a reckless driver, you may be entitled to compensation for the costs associated with recovering. To determine if you have grounds for a claim, turn to Ballard Law, PLLC.
William E. Ballard will help you avoid making mistakes during the claims process, like overlooking certain damages, accepting a low settlement, or admitting fault. Call 769-572-5111 to schedule a free case evaluation with a car wreck lawyer in Jackson.
How Can You Avoid Head-on Collisions?
Because the force of impact is so great, wrong-way crashes are often devastating. Fortunately, they are also fairly easy to prevent.
The single most effective way to avoid causing a head-on wreck is by paying attention to the flow of traffic at all times. Drunk, drowsy, and distracted driving all increase the risk of wrong-way crashes immensely.
Since you cannot rely on those around you to remain awake, alert, and sober, though, it is also wise to practice some strategic defensive driving techniques. For example, you should constantly scan your surroundings so you can take evasive action without hesitation should an oncoming motorist drift into your lane.
According to PennyGeeks, other effective ways to reduce the risk of getting into a head-on collision include traveling at a speed that is safe for the current conditions and hugging the shoulder as opposed to riding the centerline. Speeding not only increases the likelihood of losing control of your vehicle—especially when the roads are slick—but it also gives you less time to respond should a hazard arise.
Sadly, you can follow all of the tips above and still end up in a catastrophic crash with a negligent motorist. If you sustained serious injuries or lost someone you love in a wrong way accident, a compassionate car wreck attorney in Jackson may be able to help your family pursue compensation for the damages.
When you turn to Ballard Law, PLLC for quality legal representation, you pay no attorneys’ fees unless you recover compensation. Mr. Ballard will help you fight for the maximum settlement, and if your case goes to trial, he has the litigation experience and resources to represent your interests in court.