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Bicycle Hit by a Car

Even with the new laws protecting bicyclists in Mississippi (John Paul Frerer Act) it is still far too easy for a bicyclist to be hit by a car. Mississippi has recently imposed a three foot of distance when passing law, meaning that automobiles must provide at least three feet of space when passing a bicyclist. This law is meant to prevent additional brain injuries and death due to cars hitting bicyclists.(Bicycle Hit by a Car) [caption id="attachment_981" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Bicycles have been given equal footing with cars as a vehicle in Mississippi.[/caption] There has been a movement in Mississippi recently to promote vehicles completely changing lanes when passing bicyclists rather than just allowing the minimum of three feet. The reasoning for the statute, and the movement to completely change lanes…
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Bike Safely in Mississippi

There are many benefits that bike riders enjoy in Mississippi (Bike Safely in Mississippi) today that they did not previously enjoy. First,  laws have been passed providing bicyclists increased safety in the state. One such law requires that motorists give bicyclists three feet when passing them on the roadway. Miss. Code Ann. §63-3-1309. "a motorist shall leave a safe distance of not less than three (3) feet between his vehicle and the bicyclist and shall maintain such clearance until safely past the bicycle." Another Mississippi statute explicitly states that bicyclists must be treated as a motorist would treat another vehicle in the roadway and that: "it is unlawful to harass, taunt or maliciously throw an object at or in the direction of any person riding a bicycle." These laws have raised awareness…
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Mississippi Bicycle Wreck Attorney

What to do After a Bicycle Wreck - From a Mississippi Bicycle Wreck Attorney If you are riding a bike and are hit by an car or truck what should your next steps be? If you come upon the scene of a wreck where an bicycle rider has been injured what should you do? This article seeks to answer these questions, and provide a resource that can be printed and taken with you so you will have this information when you need it most. Some of this information is available in our Android app. What to do after a Bicycle wreck with a car or truck. Stay at the scene; The documentation that will be provided by a police officer are absolutely necessary to make a claim for property damage…
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Mississippi Bicycle Safety

There are several general rules to be followed in general bicycle safety in Mississippi. Wear head protection; Test your bike before beginning to ride; Don't be distracted by music or a cell phone; Make sure you are visible; wear reflective clothing be aware of the necessary requirements for reflectors and flashers Be Alert and look for upcoming obstacles; Bike the same direction as traffic and obey all the same traffic signals as a car; this is opposite from pedestrians who travel against traffic. Many other safety resources will provide information on how to bike more safely. http://www.nhtsa.gov/Bicycles http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/bike/safety.htm
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Distracted Drivers and Bicycle Wrecks

All over the country individuals continue to choose to use cell phones while operating cars and trucks. Activities like texting, emailing, surfing the internet and even looking up a phone number take the focus and attention of the driver off of the road and allow the unthinkable to happen to a bicyclist. New laws have been passed in Mississippi in order to provide that bicyclists would be more protected and protected on the roadways of Mississippi.Distracted Drivers and Bicycle Wrecks. The John Paul Frerer Act, enacted in 2010, provides that bicyclists will be given all the benefits of vehicles on the roadway. Additionally the law provides that when passing a bicyclist on the roadway that a driver should provide at least 3 feet of space as the vehicle passes. Distracted Drivers…
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Bicyclists Should Carry Uninsured Motorist Coverage

We have had several cases where bicyclists have had traumatic injuries due to a car hitting them as they rode their bike. In these cases the bicyclist used their uninsured motorist coverage on their own auto insurance policy to pay for some of their medical bills or damages. These coverages often pay for injuries occurring in cars, or caused by cars. For this reason we tell our clients to look at their policy declarations page for uninsured motorist coverage and to consider maxing out their uninsured motorist / underinsured motorist coverages on their own automobile policy. Bicyclists Should Carry Uninsured Motorist Coverage Policies of insurance vary in their language, but our experience so far with Uninsured Motorist and Underinsured Motorist coverages have provided coverage to bicyclists. Additionally, in Mississippi, uninsured…
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Mississippi Personal Injury and Death Attorney

[metaslider id=1752] Located in Jackson, Mississippi the Jones Law Firm practices in personal injury, wrongful death, 18-wheeler wrecks, motorcycle wrecks, slip and fall, insurance claims,  as well as workers compensation, wills, estates, social security appeals, and other areas.   Personal Injury Insurance Claims Injury to the body can complicate life to no end, or even end life. Our firm exists to help guide and counsel those who have been injured by providing a free consultation from a Mississippi Personal Injury Attorney concerning your injuries and how to make things right. When this injury is someone else's fault payment of a claim by an insurance company is often an option. The amount is determined by the injuries and the coverage provided by any insurance policy. Contact our firm now for a free…
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Car Wrecks: Hit While Riding a Horse

Mississippi still has places where horses and vehicles (cars and trucks) are sharing the road. The number of horses being ridden in Mississippi means that if roadways or trails are shared by cars and horses that cars and trucks could be involved in wrecks with people riding a horse if those driving automobiles are not keeping a proper lookout. A horse with rider is around 3 feet wide and at least 8 feet tall. It is easy to see someone riding a horse coming, and avoiding an animal that is usually at a walk or trot should be easy if the vehicle is under proper control and keeping a proper looking. Mississippi law provides that any person riding a horse or driving has the same rights and duties applicable to a…
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Mississippi Drinking and Driving Wrongful Death Attorney

Among causes of death in Mississippi Automobile wrecks and crashes account for roughly 195 deaths per year, making these deaths the 14th leading cause of death overall. The deaths in this statistic include motorcycle deaths, 18-wheeler deaths and pedestrian or bicycle deaths due to cars. For each death in Mississippi several are seriously injured by car wrecks. Drinking and driving wrongful death cause a significant portion of these deaths and injuries. Senseless is the word that comes to mind to describe deaths and injuries due to drunk drivers. The amount of danger involved in drunk driving and distracted driving cause these activities to carry steep fines and penalties. Social groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Students Against Drunk Driving and many others to continue to lobby for stricter…
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Mississippi Personal Injury Attorney / Mississippi Insurance and Death Attorney 2

<h1> Mississippi Personal Injury Attorney Located in Jackson, Mississippi the Jones Law Firm practices in personal injury, wrongful death, 18-wheeler wrecks, motorcycle wrecks, slip and fall, insurance claims,  as well as workers compensation, wills and estates, and social security appeals and many other issues.</h1> <hr /> Nestled in historic Downtown Jackson, Mississippi, the Jones Law firm takes every opportunity to put the needs of the client first. Many personal injury cases involve huge medical bills, change in quality of life and missed work. Careful planning and the help of a Mississippi Personal Injury Attorney at each step of the litigation process can ensure that the client is made whole, and able to recover in each of the areas provided for by Mississippi Personal Injury Law. <h2>Mississippi Personal Injury Attorney - Baskin Jones</h2> <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_1mjR5Fzyv0"…
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