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Missy Wigginton

Hello friends and family, I am Missy Wigginton, also known as Mama Justice. When meeting me, some people ask me how I got my name. The answer: I h...

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Tupelo Pedestrian Accident Attorneys

Have you or a member of your family been injured in a Tupelo pedestrian accident? Call the law offices of Mama Justice today. We fight to get you the compensation and justice you deserve.

Pedestrians have just as much right to use Mississippi roadways as trucks, cars, and motorcycles. From walking around your neighborhood for exercise to shopping in downtown Tupelo, pedestrians can always be seen using the roadways. When drivers fail to show reasonable care, they can cause serious injuries to vulnerable pedestrians. These types of accidents demand swift legal action from an experienced attorney.

The Tupelo pedestrian accident lawyers at Mama Justice have handled hundreds of these types of claims throughout our decades of practicing personal injury law. We treat our clients like family and work diligently to achieve the best possible results for their cases.

Our firm believes that being a Mississippi personal injury attorney calls for more than just aggressively and effectively representing our clients. It also entails persistence and compassion. Under the leadership of our founding attorney, Missy Wigginton, AKA Mama Justice, our Tupelo legal team has decades of experience in helping injured victims get through one of the most trying times of their lives. We understand loss and personal injury and will fight for justice on behalf of you or your family member.

Pedestrian Fatalities Are on the Rise

A report from the Governors Highway Safety Association states that nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed by negligent drivers in recent years. This total represents nearly 16% of all traffic fatalities in that year. Based on estimates, Mississippi witnessed a 42% rise in deadly pedestrian accidents since 2017, the 6th largest increase in the United States.

Most of these fatal car accidents happened at night, and 32% of pedestrians involved were drunk.

Common Causes of Tupelo Pedestrian Accidents

Children trying to cross the street on the way to and from school, elderly people who have mobility issues, and disabled people who require more time to cross the street are extremely vulnerable to being hit by an oncoming vehicle driven by a negligent driver.

Drivers are required to follow traffic laws and exercise due care, especially where pedestrians are concerned due to their decreased visibility. When drivers disregard traffic signals, road signs, and other safety devices, serious and fatal pedestrian accidents often occur.

The main causes of pedestrian accidents in Tupelo include:

  • Distracted driving: Drivers who text or talk on their cell phones, drink, eat, or participate in any other activity that pulls their attention from the roadway put pedestrians at an increased risk of debilitating injuries. Even when a pedestrian has the right of way, a driver whose attention is elsewhere poses considerable danger.
  • Speeding: Speeding is not just illegal but can also be a form of reckless driving. Pedestrians who are hit by speeding vehicles are more likely to sustain critical, life-threatening injuries or die from the force of an impact.
  • Driving while intoxicated: When a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, their motor skills, reaction times, and reasoning become impaired. This often causes drivers to overlook pedestrians, particularly in poor weather conditions and at night.
  • Failing to stop or yield: Drivers who choose to ignore traffic lights, stop signs, or do not yield to pedestrians are major contributors to Mississippi’s high pedestrian fatality rate.
  • Weather conditions: Drivers are supposed to be extra cautious and drive at decreased speeds in inclement weather, such as heavy fog, ice, and snow. When drivers fail to adjust their speed for these weather conditions, they might not be able to slow down or stop in time to avoid a pedestrian accident.
  • Left-hand turns: Even inside marked crosswalks, pedestrians are in danger of being hit by left-turning vehicles when the driver’s focus is on the intersection itself rather than the pedestrian legally crossing the road.