Southaven Distracted Driving Attorneys Protect Your Rights
Proudly serving clients from offices in Southaven, Hernando, and Olive Branch
Distracted driving has become nothing short of an epidemic in the United States today. Many adults and most teens admit to an addiction to their electronic gadgets, and it has become difficult, if nearly impossible, for some people to put them down and focus on the task of driving. While the term “distracted driving” has become code for texting behind the wheel, there are countless secondary activities that motorists engage in while driving that create hazardous conditions that often lead to an accident.
For more than 50 years, the legal team at Taylor, Jones & Taylor has offered their total support to each client. The attorneys take the time to get to know each client and understand their needs and goals, maintain multiple office locations in Southaven, Hernando and Oliver Branch to better serve clients throughout Mississippi. They can be relied upon to fight for justice on behalf of their clients.
The facts about distracted driving
Distracted driving encompasses any secondary activity that a driver engages in that diverts their attention away from operating their vehicle safely. According to NHTSA data, 3,154 people were killed in 2013 in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. While those figure represent a 6.7 percent decrease from the previous year’s figure, there were still 424,000 people injured in distracted driving accidents, which is up from 421,000 in 2012.
Some examples of distracted driving behaviors include:
- Using a cell phone or smart phone
- Eating and/or drinking
- Personal grooming
- Reading (including maps)
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player or .mp3 player
Mississippi cell phone and texting while driving ban
In Mississippi there is a ban on all cell phone use for all drivers. This is a primary offense, meaning that a police officer can pull a driver over and issue a ticket without any other driving offense having taken place. The fine begins at $25, but it will increase to $100 in July 2016.
Helping families whose lives have been changed by a distracted driver
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation for you medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. The immediate family members of a wrongful death victim may also be entitled to compensation for funeral costs, as well as the loss of future income. The type and amount of compensation you receive will depend on the facts of your particular case. When you schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney at Taylor, Jones & Taylor, they will review your case and advise you on the best course of action.
Contact a knowledgeable Southaven personal injury attorney who will fight for you today
The attorneys at Taylor, Jones & Taylor have a thorough knowledge of the law, and they are committed to the relentless pursuit of justice on behalf of every client. The firm has offices in Southaven, Hernando and Olive Branch, and serve clients throughout north Mississippi, including Grenada, Tupelo, Oxford, Cleveland, Batesville and Clarksdale. You may call 662.342.1300, or fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment. How can we help you today?