A recent single-car crash that claimed the life of one man serves as a somber reminder of the dangers of single-vehicle accidents. The accident early in the morning, on Highway 53. The vehicle left the roadway and caught fire. The driver could not exit the vehicle, and he perished in the blaze. The recent fatal single-car accident is, unfortunately, far from an atypical scenario. Single-vehicle accidents are deadlier than accidents involving multiple vehicles, accounting for sixty-five percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents in the United States.
Because one-vehicle accidents are so often fatal, much effort has gone into studying the accidents and looking for the reasons why they happen. This research has led to a discussion of the things that drivers can do to prevent single-car accidents. Many single-vehicle accidents result from things that drivers have some degree of choice over, such as drinking alcohol, speeding, driving while drowsy, and texting or other distractions. The number of single-vehicle accidents could be reduced by drivers who make safe choices like staying sober so that they can drive home, calling a cab or riding with a designated driver if they choose to drink, getting sufficient rest before making a road trip, following posted speed limits, and choosing to focus on the road instead of allowing themselves to be distracted.
While some single-vehicle accidents could be prevented, research has also shown that other single-car crashes are caused by things that are completely outside of the driver’s control. For example, rainy weather brings with it slippery roads and poor visibility which can cause drivers to lose control. Mechanical defects can also cause sudden and unpredictable changes in vehicle function that could cause a driver to lose control.
Although some information has been gathered regarding single-vehicle wrecks, many individual single-car crashes remain surrounded in mystery. It is harder for investigators and authorities to piece together what happened to cause any given single vehicle accident than it is for them to make sense of the aftermath of a multiple vehicle collision. One reason for this is that in many fatal, single-car accidents, the sole eyewitness is the driver who died in the wreck. When this occurs, it can be challenging for police and investigators to be able to say with any certainty what happened. Also, the victim’s family receives no meaningful explanation regarding the loss of their loved one, which can make mourning their loss even harder.
Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Protecting Mississippi Accident Victims
If you were injured or someone that you love died in a single-vehicle crash, contact a Mississippi automobile accident attorney right away. Your rights and interests are at stake, and it is important that you have your case evaluated by someone who can help you. During this uncertain and challenging time in your life, it can be a great relief to have someone knowledgeable by your side to represent your interests. To learn more, call the Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. at (601) 355-2022.