Mississippi Fatal Drunk Driving Car Accidents – How Does the Magnolia State Stack Up when it Comes to Road Safety?
Mississippi Drunk Driving Car Accident Statistics
According to a December 23 local news report from WJTV, which includes statistics and data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) there were a total of 42,795 deaths caused by car accidents and other motor vehicle accidents in the United States in the year 2022. The good news is that, overall, fatal car accidents and other motor vehicle accidents went down by 0.3%. However, while car accident fatalities are on the decline, overall, the data shows that drunk driving car accidents are on the rise. In the year 2021, the most recent year for which data is available, fatalities from drunk driving car accidents rose by 14% from the year 2020. Unfortunately, this indicates that drunk driving fatal car accidents are not going away any time soon, and, in fact, are becoming more and more prevalent each year.
When it comes to Mississippi, the numbers indicate that Mississippi is the eleventh highest state in terms of drunk driving fatalities. While there has been an 18.8% decrease in drunk driving fatalities from the year 2012 in Mississippi, there are still 5.3 drunk driving fatalities per 100,000 residents in Mississippi. In addition, drivers who are very drunk, meaning their blood-alcohol level (BAC) is over 0.15, account for 65.8% of drunk driving fatalities.
Legal Options for the Victims of Drunk Driving Car Accidents in Mississippi
In Mississippi, whether it is the holiday season or not, there is no excuse for drunk driving. Accordingly, when a person is injured in a drunk driving car accident in Mississippi, they may be entitled to compensation from the drunk driver who negligently caused the accident. Under Mississippi personal injury laws, victims of drunk driving car accidents in Mississippi may be entitled to lost wages, compensation for pain and suffering, compensation for damage to personal property, and more. In order to determine whether you may be owed compensation for your injuries caused by a drunk driver, it is best to speak with an experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyer as soon as possible about your rights and options.
The experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers at Lunsford Baskin & Priebe, PLLC, are here to help victims of drunk driving car accidents in Mississippi. Call the experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers at Lunsford Baskin & Priebe, PLLC, today and speak to an experienced Mississippi lawyer about your case for free.