Plenty of studies have illustrated that Mississippi is deadly for drivers. The national average for motor vehicle deaths across 2016 was 13.42 out of every 100,000 people, but the numbers for Mississippi were 26.27. In fact, Mississippi was seen as the deadliest state for drivers. One of the leading causes of deadly accidents is driving under the influence of alcohol. Information from the National Safety Council shows that for the fourth straight year in 2016, Mississippi led the country in traffic fatalities, something they have done every year but three since 1999. When people suffer devastating or fatal accidents in a car accident, the surviving victims or family members might be eligible to pursue a lawsuit.
The rural roads of Mississippi have been tied to traffic fatalities, since more than 50% of traffic deaths occur on rural roads across the nation. However, in Mississippi that number is 98%. Being accused of drunk driving and especially in a case involving drunk driving and the resulting accident, you need the support of an experienced attorney immediately to best protect your chances to move forward with your life and to put this unfortunate chapter behind you.
Being accused of driving under the influence has high stakes if an accident was also tied to the incident. If someone else was hurt or killed in the crash, you can expect that the state will pursue these charges aggressively. If you are facing criminal charges due to DUI allegations, you can also expect that anyone hurt in the accident at least considers the option to file a personal injury lawsuit. Hiring a lawyer to represent you in your DUI case is important because you need to protect yourself from the consequences of a criminal conviction for DUI. Make sure that you talk to a lawyer as soon as possible after being arrested for DUI in Mississippi.