April 21, 2014

Young Driver Airlifted Following Mississippi Car Crash

Post #2 image. 2014-04-02.jpgAccident investigators with the Mississippi Highway Patrol say they are in the process of investigating a terrible accident in Kosciusko, MS that happened earlier this week and left the drivers of two cars seriously injured.

Police say that they first received a call about the Attala County accident a little before 9 p.m. Monday night. Emergency responders were then dispatched to Highway 35 South where the wreck occurred. Once there, officials say they discovered a pickup truck lying on its side just off the roadway, while a passenger vehicle was seriously damaged on the shoulder of the road.

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April 16, 2014

Drunk Driving Leads To Deadly Weekend Accident

Post #1 image. 2014-04-02.jpgThis past week a judge in Jackson, MS ordered a woman held in jail on $150,000 bond after she was charged in connection to a deadly weekend car accident that left one person dead and another seriously injured.

Officials with the Jackson Police Department say they were called to the accident scene located at the intersection of Highway 18 and TV Road a little after 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Police officers say that 33-year-old Tiffini Martin was found driving a Ford F-150 that had slammed into a Toyota Forerunner carrying four passengers.

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April 14, 2014

Failure To Yield Leads To Three-Vehicle Accident

Post #7 image. 2014-02-25.jpgIn an unusual multi-vehicle crash, 54 kids were involved in a crash earlier this month in Amite County, Mississippi. Police officials say the wreck happened around 3:30 p.m. after school had let out for the day.

A packed school bus was heading down Mississippi 24 near Plymouth Church Road when it came to a stop to yield to oncoming traffic. A 2008 Dodge pickup truck was heading east along the highway when another Dodge truck tried to cross the highway, failing to yield. The eastbound Dodge then collided into the other truck, pushing both vehicles into the left side of the stopped school bus.

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April 10, 2014

Texting While Driving Remains Serious Problem In Mississippi

Post #8 image. 2014-02-25.jpgIt sometimes seems like no matter how many times people hear the stories of how dangerous texting while driving can be, there are some who will continue their behavior unabated. The incredibly dangerous and irresponsible behavior leads to thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of injuries every year, each one preventable. Sadly, Mississippi legislators have not done enough to stiffen penalties for distracted driving, something that may be encouraging the problem for those drivers in the state.

According to the federal government, more than 3,300 people died in distracted driving accidents in 2012. Add to that number the more than 400,000 people who suffered injuries in distracted driving crashes and you've got an epidemic that needs serious attention.

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April 7, 2014

BP Handed Serious Defeat By Fifth Circuit

Post #2 image. 2014-03-26.jpgIn an important victory for plaintiffs across the Gulf Coast, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals delivered a serious blow to BP last month when the court rejected BP's attempt to block settlement payments to large numbers of victims.

Specifically, BP had tried to prevent businesses from claiming a share of settlement funds unless they could clearly trace their losses back to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The Fifth Circuit chose to reject BP's argument that the claims administrator, Patrick Juneau, had misinterpreted the terms of the carefully agreed upon settlement.

The defeat was a surprise to BP's lawyers who have engaged in an aggressive campaign to cast victims of the oil spill as undeserving thieves. BP has taken out newspaper ads, run commercials on TV and generally gone after companies that it felt did not deserve a share of settlement funds. BP argued that businesses across the Gulf Coast were filing false claims and receiving compensation despite the fact that their losses had no connection to the oil spill.

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April 3, 2014

GM Recall Highlights Hidden Danger To Drivers

Post #1 image. 2014-03-26.jpgIn a tragic case that has managed to grab newspaper headlines for weeks, GM's recent recall which now appears to be headed for an increasingly litigious end. That's because GM revealed earlier this week that it had hired Kenneth Feinberg, a famous defense attorney who has worked on major disaster payment cases previously.

In fact, Feinberg recently worked on establishing the victims' fund for those who were harmed by the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Feinberg has been brought on as GM says it is considering its options, including possibly establishing a fund to pay victims of its faulty ignition switch that is responsible for the millions of recalled vehicles.

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April 3, 2014

Oil Carrying Trains Pose Serious Risks

Post #6 image. 2014-02-25.jpgLate last month a train operated by the Canadian National Railway Company derailed and began leaking hazardous materials in southeastern Mississippi. The derailment forced the evacuation of residents and businesses located nearby.

Officials with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency say that no one was injured in the incident. However, 21 tanker cars derailed with eight of the cars suffering ruptures that led to their contents being spilled. Hazardous materials, including fertilizer and methanol, leaked out and emergency officials attempted to contain the damage.

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April 1, 2014

Medical Condition Causes Deadly Tractor-Trailer Accident

Post #5 image. 2014-02-25.jpgA deadly accident occurred in D'Iberville, MS late last week when a tractor-trailer crossed I-10 and collided with an oncoming passenger vehicle. The force of the head-on collision resulted in the death of both drivers.

According to the police reports, the accident occurred just after 6 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Donald Lockhart was driving his big rig along I-10 when he lost control of his truck and slammed into Kevin Benefield's car. The accident scene was grisly and both men died at the scene of the crash.

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March 26, 2014

Icy Roads Lead To Several Deadly Crashes Across Mississippi

Post #4 image. 2014-02-25.jpgA woman is dead and two others are seriously injured following an accident in Smith County, MS involving a tractor-trailer. Emergency officials say the accident happened on snow covered local roads and led to the death of a passenger in a 1992 Toyota pickup truck.

Mississippi Highway Patrol officials say that the accident occurred when an 18-wheeler stalled on a patch of ice while driving along Highway 18. The semi then collided with the Toyota pickup truck that was heading the opposite direction down Highway 18. Officials say they blame the ice on the accident, one of several deadly crashes that have occurred in Mississippi in the past few months due to winter weather.

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March 24, 2014

Wrong Way Wreck Leaves One Young Person Dead And Two Others Injured

Post #3 image. 2014-02-25.jpgTwo young college students are working hard to recover from an accident that left another young driver dead earlier this month in southern Mississippi. Officials say the accident was a head-on collision, a notoriously dangerous type of accident that frequently proves fatal.

According to law enforcement authorities, 18-year-old Jennifer Stapel was driving herself a friend back to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College after catching a movie. Tragically, that's the last thing Stapel remembers. Stapel suffered serious injuries in the crash, including memory loss, but her passenger, 19-year-old Brianna Medina, faced even worse trouble. Medina suffered life-threatening injuries and remains in critical condition.

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March 21, 2014

Icy Roads Lead To Five-Truck Pileup

Post #2 image. 2014-02-25.jpgEarlier last month a serious accident on I-65 in Simpson County, MS led to a massive pileup involving five tractor-trailers. The accident occurred around 5:30 in the morning when two trucks initially crashed into one another on a patch of icy roadway.

Police say that after the first two semis crashed, there was not enough time for the next two to avoid the wreckage, adding further to the pileup. The driver of the fifth tractor-trailer, Andre Ellis, said that he only barely had time to react after seeing the wreckage up ahead of him. According to Ellis, he was carrying a very heavy load and knew that he would be unable to stop his truck in time given the icy conditions. Thankfully, Andre thought fast and decided to ditch his truck into an embankment rather than plow into the back of the already wrecked semis.

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March 18, 2014

BP Launches PR War Against Oil Spill Victims

Post #1 image. 2014-02-25.jpgA recent (and scathing) article in the Los Angeles Times took BP to task for its bad behavior over the past several months regarding its oil spill settlement. The article accuses officials at BP of displaying an unseemly buyer's remorse regarding the settlement agreement it reached back in 2012 with private plaintiffs across the Gulf Coast who suffered damages as a result of the catastrophic oil spill.

At the time the settlement was reached, BP said that it "wanted to do the right thing" and ensure that victims of its mistakes would be compensated for the harm they endured thanks to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent spill. BP and a group of plaintiffs agreed that the settlement was in everyone's best interest and would avoid forcing victims to file their cases individually, dramatically streamlining the claims process.

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February 17, 2014

Large Buses Will Soon Come Equipped With Seat Belts

Passengers on large buses across the United States will soon receive an important safety upgrade. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, buses manufactured in the United States that carry passengers between cities will now have to install seat belts on all buses beginning in November 2016.

The NHTSA says that all manufacturers will have a few years to upgrade their plants and prepare before the changes kick into effect. The rule excludes school buses and public transit buses, meaning there is currently no hope for young children to receive the benefit of seat belts, at least not in the near future. The law goes even further and says that manufacturers must install three-point belts, not simple lap belts.

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February 13, 2014

Mississippi Authorities Target Distracted Drivers

Post #5 image. 2013-11-26.jpgIn a recent announcement that Mississippians can collectively give thanks about, the Mississippi Highway Patrol has said that it will launch a new campaign to target motorists who are found driving unsafely due to distraction.

A spokesperson for the department says that officers across the state will be actively looking for distracted drivers. This includes those who eat while driving, text while driving or generally are not paying attention to the road in front of them. Though much attention is paid to the dangers of texting while driving, the reality is that all manner of distractions are dangerous because they pull a driver's attention off of the road. A loss of attention for even a few seconds can prove catastrophic as traffic patterns can change on a dime.

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February 10, 2014

Bad Holiday Weather Means Increased Chance Of Mississippi Car Accidents

Post #4 image. 2013-11-26.jpgOfficials with Mississippi's Emergency Management Agency have said that drivers across the state face a potentially deadly mix of weather and road conditions over the few days prior to Thanksgiving. Authorities point out that heavy rain, flooding, possible snow and ice could make roadways treacherous and have warned drivers to pay careful attention when navigating this holiday season.

The National Weather Service has said that parts of central and east Mississippi could see as much as six inches of rain over the next several days, with some of that rain turning into snow Tuesday evening. It's the cold temperature that has the Mississippi Department of Transportation nervous, asking drivers to proceed with extreme caution in northern parts of the state where temps may fall below freezing. Motorists are being urged to call local authorities and report icy road conditions so officers can be dispatched to warn others.

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