A man and woman who were fleeing police ran a red light and T-boned a Ford Taurus, causing life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Ford, Brittany Berry, was listed in stable condition after recovering in ICU.
The accident happened on Lamey Bridge Road after driver Carl Daniel Young Jr. and passenger Catrick Tasha Moye-Howell fled a police traffic stop. According to the SunHearld, police continued pursuing the duo after they crashed into Berry’s Ford. Young Jr. and Moye-Howell then attempted to flee on foot and deputies shot Moye-Howell twice.
Young Jr. now faces charges for felony feeling with possession of a stolen vehicle, aggravated assault on a police officer, and leaving the scene of an accident causing serious injury.
This wreck is a tragic reminder that collisions can happen anywhere. No matter how responsible you are behind the wheel, all it takes is one reckless driver to cause a major crash.
If you were injured by a negligent motorist in Mississippi, contact Morris Bart, LTD. A Gulfport accident lawyer will help you claim compensation for medical expenses, lost income and non-economic damages.
Our firm has more than 50 attorneys and a support staff of 100 law professionals. We strive to provide all of our clients with the respect, attention and compassion they deserve. Call 800-537-8185 today to schedule a free consultation.
NHTSA: Speeding Contributed to More Than 10,000 Deaths in 2012
There were several factors that contributed to the tragic accident that put Brittany Berry in ICU. It is likely that her injuries would have been far less severe if the at-fault driver had not been speeding.
Speeding increases the risk of injury or death in the event of a crash. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 22 percent of all passenger-vehicle drivers who were involved in fatal accidents in 2012 were speeding. That year, speeding was a contributing factor in 30 percent of all traffic deaths – accounting for 10,219 fatalities.
How to Reduce Your Risk of Getting in a Speeding-Related Accident
Sometimes there is little a driver can do to avoid a crash. This, however, is very rare – more than 90 percent of accidents involve human error, and most of these could be prevented if drivers behave responsibly.
Here are four tips to help you avoid speeding-related accidents:
- Plan Ahead: Try to leave early for work and other appointments. This will help you avoid feeling rushed, which could motivate you to speed.
- Use Cruise Control: If you are driving on an open highway, activate your vehicle’s cruise control. This will reduce your fuel consumption and help you maintain a safe speed.
- Avoid Distractions: Drivers who text, talk on cell phones or engage in other distracted behaviors are more prone to speeding.
- Drive Slower Than the Posted Speed Limit: Although you should never drive slower than the flow of traffic, you can reduce your risk of crashing by travelling a few miles below the speed limit.
If you were injured by a motorist who was speeding or driving recklessly, contact Morris Bart, LTD. A Gulfport personal-injury attorney will handle the legal aspects of your case so you can focus on recovering from your injuries. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.