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The many faces of distracted driving

If you are like many people in Mississippi, you have likely heard plenty about the dangers of distracted driving from a range of sources. Over the past few years, this topic has garnered more and more attention and with good reason. Drivers who pay more attention to things other than driving put innocent people at risk for no good reason.

Some common products are more dangerous than once thought

When most consumers think of potentially dangerous products, common household items are likely the last on the list. Toys such as fidget spinners and gadgets with other small parts are typically to blame. It is frightening to consider the number of harmful materials that coexist alongside the entire family; home, after all, is ideally a place of safety and comfort. Yet news of injuries and even death as a result of defective products are not uncommon. It is important to know the potential risks of certain products, especially if infants and children are involved.

Car accidents: who is at fault?

The topic of car accidents is one most would rather avoid, especially when they pose significant threats to safety. Yet some of the differences between minor bumper collisions and fatal crashes can be found in the distractions of drivers themselves. All individuals travelling on Mississippi roadways have the right to safety, and when that safety is jeopardized, individuals can take action against negligent drivers. 

Reckless driving in mississippi

There is a fine line between the definitions of distracted driving and reckless driving. Just one minor lapse in judgement could result in a tragic motor vehicle accident, which could ultimately result in injuries and even fatalities. In Mississippi, reckless driving constitutes as not only a traffic violation, but a criminal charge. Drivers caught operating a vehicle while displaying reckless behavior could face hefty fines and even jail time. Yet on a larger scale, Mississippi is hardly the state with the most reckless driver-related incidents. 

Understanding the attractive nuisance doctrine

The onset of fall in Hazlehurst often sees children heading outdoors to take advantage of the final few weeks of warm weather before winter arrives. To your child, the outdoors offer a wealth adventures, some created by attractions whose dangers they may not fully comprehend. Sadly, several of the clients that we here at The Shannon Law Firm, PLLC have worked with have seen such attractions injure their kids. If such a misfortune has befallen your family, you may reasonably question how it is that your child was able to gain access to such a dangerous location, and whether or not you may be able to hold the property owner responsible. 

Motorcycle accidents and unsafe roads

Sometimes, accidents on the road are inevitable. The multitude of distractions that technology can create while driving and unruly passengers and pets are two common ways traffic collisions can occur. When a motorcycle is involved, theses dangerous measures can become all the more extreme. Are unsafe and poorly maintained roads one of the culprits? In Mississippi, as well as other parts of the country, individuals who suffer an injury due to a motorcycle accident can choose to place the matter in legal hands.

The basics of distracted driving penalties

When it comes to distracted driving, any item, noise, text message, outside occurrence or even thought can suddenly pose a life or death situation. All too often, otherwise responsible individuals find themselves in these situations. Mississippi law deals with accidents caused by distracted driving seriously; a distracted driving law went into effect in 2015 and comes with steep penalties.