Injured on the Job: What Happens Next

Published on Jun 1, 2017 at 9:29 am in Work Accidents.
Injured on the Job: What Happens Next

If you were recently injured in a work accident, you’re likely concerned about what kind of recovery time you’ll need, how you’ll be able to pay for medical treatment, how you’ll get paid for time spent off work, and how your employer will react. There’s a great deal to consider after getting a workplace injury in Mississippi. Mississippi’s workers’ compensation program exists to help injured workers, but the program can be difficult to navigate.

Your first step is to notify your workplace immediately about the accident and the fact that it occurred while working. You may be requested to visit certain doctors or follow up with your work’s insurance agency as soon as possible. Be sure to follow these steps as they’re requested, but as with any serious injury, you should first prioritize getting the medical care you need to begin your recovery process.

How Common Are Maritime Accidents in Mississippi?

Published on May 23, 2017 at 8:00 am in Maritime Accidents.
How Common Are Maritime Accidents in Mississippi?

Maritime accidents are accidents that happen on coastal or river waters. They can occur on fishing vessels, cargo vessels, passenger vessels, cruise ships, offshore oil rigs, or other types of vessels that spend more time on the open water than at dock. Maritime accidents can happen for a variety of reasons and involve injuries that may or may not be severe, but some of the most devastating types of maritime injuries are those that occur due to negligence.

Accidents caused by negligence—also sometimes defined as careless, reckless, or wrongful actions—are those that could have been prevented had the guilty party been acting responsibly, correctly adhering to safety guidelines, or been more watchful. Here are some of the most common causes that lead to maritime injuries in Mississippi and all along the Gulf Coast:

What is Defensive Driving and How Can It Prevent a Car Crash?

Published on Apr 27, 2017 at 3:17 pm in Car Accidents.
What is Defensive Driving and How Can It Prevent a Car Crash?

It’s easy to assume that just because you are a cautious and careful driver, the other drivers around you on the road will be also.  Assuming that another driver will stay in their lane, safely react to a road hazard, or wait to safely pull out onto a major roadway is a dangerous mistake.  Other drivers on the road are often distracted, rushed, or drive aggressively.  Looking ahead and keeping your eyes moving can help you anticipate the actions of other drivers and stay safe.

What is Defensive Driving?

Defensive driving is a set of driving skills and a style of driving that allows you to avoid collisions and defend yourself against irresponsible drivers, drunk drivers, and bad weather conditions.  Defensive driving reduces the chance that you will be caught off guard by an unexpected hazard and increases your chance of reacting appropriately and avoiding an accident.

Top 5 Causes for Car Accidents in Mississippi

Published on Apr 18, 2017 at 11:40 am in Car Accidents.
Top 5 Causes for Car Accidents in Mississippi

Car accidents lead to hundreds of deaths every year in Mississippi. Many of these accidents are completely avoidable. By examining the common causes for deadly car crashes in our state, we can discover ways to potentially avoid these crashes and make our roads safer. Even preventing a few accidents can save lives and encourage others to follow the same example.

Here are the top 5 causes for car accidents in Mississippi:

Drunk Driving

Getting behind the wheel while impaired—by either alcohol or drugs—is deadly. According to statistics posted by Mississippi’s Department of Transportation, drunk driving fatalities accounted for 31% of all traffic-related deaths in the state during 2012. This figure hasn’t decreased significantly over the years and remains one of our leading causes of accident fatalities.

Examining the Dangers of Semi Truck Accidents

Published on Mar 30, 2017 at 10:24 am in Truck Accidents.
Examining the Dangers of Semi Truck Accidents

Semi trucks are a necessary evil on American roadways.  Commerce as we know it is made possible by the transportation of goods in the trailers of semis.  But semi trucks present a dangerous threat to drivers of passenger cars and pickup trucks.  About 450,000 accidents between semi trucks and passenger vehicles happen on United States roadways every year, killing about 5,000 people.  Of those deaths, more than 75 percent were in the passenger vehicle.

Semi trucks are dangerous to passenger vehicles because of their size.  An average passenger vehicle weighs 3,000 pounds.  The legal maximum weight of a semi truck is 80,000 pounds.  Simple physics dictates that when a small object and a large object collide, the small object will experience more damage.  This is why when semi trucks and passenger vehicles are in an accident, more damage is done to the passenger vehicle and the people riding inside.

How Safe Are Mississippi’s Casinos?

Published on Mar 14, 2017 at 2:48 pm in Premises Liability.
How Safe Are Mississippi’s Casinos?

Between Biloxi’s casinos and the casinos along the Gulf Coast, there’s no denying the fact that Mississippi has some of the best places to gamble in the United States. Our state’s casinos have historically helped the Mississippi River area prosper, granting residents precious jobs back when the region was still developing. Thousands of local Mississippians and visitors alike enjoy gambling, eating out, and enjoying time with family and friends in our casinos every weekend.

Despite the success of our local casinos, it’s only natural to wonder if the same casinos we enjoy on a Friday or Saturday night out with friends are safe. Gambling involves three elements that are often seen as risky—money, alcohol, and large crowds of people. Combining all three is considered a recipe for disaster in many situations. What makes our casinos safe? How safe are they really?

Train and Charter Bus Accident in Biloxi

Published on Mar 7, 2017 at 1:44 pm in General, Local News.

A major train and charter bus collision occurred this afternoon (Tuesday, March 3rd 2017) just before 2:30 PM at a railroad crossing in Biloxi, Mississippi. It happened when a charter bus was heading north on Main Street and a CSX freight train was heading east. The two collided, resulting in a major accident.

According to SunHerald’s coverage, roughly 50 passengers were on the bus. The charter bus was from Austin, Texas. Several injuries have been reported at this time, some of which occurred to passengers who were under the bus when the train hit. According to an eyewitness, the bus was stuck on the tracks for roughly five minutes before the train arrived.

This is the second time in a period of two months that a train has collided with a vehicle in Biloxi. In January of this year, a major truck accident occurred between a Pepsi delivery truck and a CSX freight train. The truck became stuck on the steep incline at the railroad tracks and couldn’t get out of the way. The train tried to stop but was unable to do so in time.

Car Safety Ratings Include New Criteria for 2017

Published on Dec 20, 2016 at 4:44 pm in General.
Car Safety Ratings Include New Criteria for 2017

This month, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released its annual list of what it has determined to be the safest new car models on the market in the coming year. The organization crafts increasingly-high standards for its annual lists, with the highest-rated cars being deemed either a Top Safety Pick or, higher still, a Top Safety Pick+.

This year, the IIHS list of the safest new cars is shorter than it has been in recent years, due to additions made to the criteria IIHS uses to rank the vehicles. IIHS rates hundreds of models as being “good,” “acceptable,” “marginal,” or “poor” in a range of categories including the car’s performance in various types of front-end crashes, the strength of the car’s roof, the head restraint and seat quality, and the quality and ease-of-use of car seat anchors. Last year, the safety organization added a rating of front crash prevention to its ranking, making it so that only cars with front crash avoidance systems that were rated as “advanced” or better could earn the highest safety designation that IIHS awards. This year, the organization added a rating of headlights to the overall safety rating, assessing headlights on the scale from “good” to “poor” based on qualities like glare production and sufficiency of illumination. In explaining the addition of headlight ratings, IIHS president Adrian Lund stated, “automakers have not focused enough attention on whether or not headlamps are aimed such that they light up the road for the driver ahead of them.” Historically, the IIHS rating of “Top Safety Pick” is sufficiently sought after that manufacturers will improve the suite of safety features available on their vehicles to earn the designation, making it so that these ratings increase the availability of safety features market-wide.

Many new vehicle technologies will help keep you safe in a crash by offering advanced collision protection through side airbags or crumple zones, or will keep a crash from happening by automatically applying the brakes or offering other front-end crash avoidance measures. While these technologies can go a long way in stopping a crash from happening, they’re no replacement for cautious, attentive driving. Drivers who rely too heavily on crash-avoidance systems while behind the wheel can still be held liable for injuries they caused through distracted or otherwise negligent driving.

If you’re hurt in a crash in Mississippi and want help getting the compensation you need to recover, contact the Gulfport personal injury lawyer Corban Gunn for a consultation on your case, at 228.284.68059.

Safe Driving Tips For Seniors

Published on Nov 23, 2016 at 5:16 pm in General.
Safe Driving Tips For Seniors

Driving is a skill that, like others, develops over time. That said, your abilities as a driver are dependent on your physical and mental acuity. As you age, you’ll accrue more time behind the wheel but may experience a decay in your vision or judgment. In fact, senior drivers are a close second to teen drivers as the group most likely to be involved in an accident. Read on to learn about special considerations for driving in your golden years, and ways to ensure you stay safe on the road.

License renewal over age 75

Like a number of states, Mississippi has put certain safeguards in place to ensure that older drivers continue to have the ability to drive safely in order to keep their driver’s license. Once a Mississippi driver is 75 years of age or older, they can no longer renew their driver’s license online or at a kiosk, but instead must renew their license in person. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) will conduct a vision test at the renewal appointment and may require that the driver undergo a written or road test, if they have some indication that the driver may be impaired. The DPS has the right to limit driver’s licenses for older drivers who show signs of impairment, such as by prohibiting them from driving on the freeway, driving at night, or driving during certain times of day such as rush hour.

Signs of diminished ability

There are a number of signs to look out for that can indicate diminished driving skills. Take note if you experience any of the following:

  • An increase in the number of close calls or near-misses you experience
  • Getting lost with more frequency, even in places you’ve been before
  • Finding that a gap in traffic was smaller than you thought
  • Becoming easily distracted behind the wheel
  • Feeling overwhelmed at busy intersections
  • Getting honked at or yelled at more often by other drivers

Evaluate and fortify your skills

There are several ways to evaluate your driving abilities if you’re concerned about your safety on the road. One simple check is the AAA’s self-evaluation checklist, available for free on their website. The brochure provides both a survey of your driving skills, as well as tips on how to improve any weak spots. There are also companies that offer behind-the-wheel driving evaluations. Your physician can also provide an assessment of your sensory and judgment abilities. In order to bolster your driving skills, there are a number of courses you can take, such as the AARP’s Smart Driver course, which can both improve your driving skills and possibly help you get a discount on your car insurance.

If you’ve been hurt in an accident in Mississippi, seek experienced, dedicated, and aggressive representation in a claim for money damages, and contact the Gulfport personal injury attorney Corban Gunn for a consultation, at 228.284.6805.

2016 Continues Disturbing Record-Breaking Trend of Traffic Fatalities

Published on Oct 19, 2016 at 6:14 pm in General.
2016 Continues Disturbing Record-Breaking Trend of Traffic Fatalities

Newly-released data reveals that roadway fatalities are up in 2016 over those occurring during the same period last year. This is an especially troubling fact, considering that 2015 was the first in 50 years where the number of traffic fatalities had increased over the previous year’s numbers.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 35,092 individuals lost their lives in traffic accidents in 2015. This was a 7.2% increase over the number of those who died on the road in 2014. The first six months of 2016 proved even deadlier than the first six of 2015, with an increase of 10.4% over fatality rates from the first half of 2015.

When roadway fatalities are seen to increase, the first explanation experts tend to point to is the strength of the economy. Strengthening economies bring greater employment numbers, more time for road trip vacations, and more money to fund teen drivers getting their own cars. These factors all result in more vehicle miles traveled nationwide. However, the increase in vehicle miles traveled only explains about half of the increase in traffic fatalities and accidents in 2015, as vehicle miles traveled went up by around 3%, while fatality rates went up by around 7%. Likewise, total vehicle miles traveled in the first half of 2016 was estimated at 1.58 trillion, marking a new record in miles traveled and a 3.3% increase over the first half of 2015. This increase alone still does not explain the 10% hike in fatalities this year.

According to the NHTSA, approximately 94% of all accidents are the result of human error. One reason offered for the increase in fatalities is that, with greater expendable income comes an increase in riskier types of driving. The director of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), suggested that the reason for more roadway fatalities “is we’ve had an uptick in the economy, and one of the things we know is that people drive more miles, and the kind of driving people do changes. You go to more parties and there is more risky types of driving. Young people drive more and we know they’re more at risk.”

NHTSA administrator Mark Rosekind said of the increase in traffic deaths, “[w]e have an immediate crisis on our hands, and we also have a long-term challenge.” Rosekind has pointed out that a troubling share of fatal accidents result from three preventable factors: drunken driving, distracted driving, and failure to wear a seat belt. Driving while drunk or distracted is not only a threat to the drivers themselves, but is an even greater threat to others on the road and could result in massive personal liability for the reckless driver.

If you or someone you love has been injured by a reckless, drunk, or distracted driver in Mississippi, seek the money damages to which you may be entitled for lost wages, medical costs, or pain and suffering by contacting the dedicated and determined Gulfport personal injury lawyer Corban Gunn for a free consultation, at 228.284.6805.



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