Distracted Driving Laws in Mississippi

Distracted driving remains one of the most common causes of car accidents in the U.S. One of the most dangerous of these distractions includes the use of cell phones while driving. Not only do these devices require drivers to take their eyes and hands off the wheel, but operating a cell phone also requires motorists to take their minds off of driving. That’s why there are some major distracted driving laws in place in Mississippi.

Major Distracted Driving Laws

The National Safety Council reports that 1 in 4 accidents are caused by texting and driving. To help promote safer roads, each state has its own variation of laws regarding the use of cell phones while driving. Below, we discuss these laws in Mississippi.

Talking And Texting

Drivers in Mississippi have no restrictions when it comes to making or receiving phone calls. It is not illegal to talk on the phone while driving.

Mississippi law does, however, prohibit all drivers from using a handheld device to:

  • Write, send, or read text messages (this includes instant messages, email, and regular text messages)
  • Access, read, or post to social media

Exceptions And Other Device Use

There are exceptions when it comes to Mississippi’s texting and driving law, including:

  • Hands-free use, such as a voice-operated device
  • Emergency, traffic, or weather alerts
  • Messages related to the navigation or operation of a vehicle

Not only can drivers face fines and tickets for illegally using a cell phone while driving, but they endanger everyone on the road. Remember, sending a text is never worth this danger. It’s always better to wait until you reach your destination or pull over so you aren’t multitasking behind the wheel.

If you were injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, you need legal representation immediately. Our Mississippi car accident attorneys believe that negligent drivers should be held accountable for their actions, and we will work hard to help you obtain the compensation you need to physically, emotionally, and financially recover after an accident.

Contact Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman to schedule your free case review.

About the Author
Jefferson D. Gilder is a Partner at Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman and was admitted to the Mississippi and Tennessee Bars in 1990. Mr. Gilder is admitted to practice in all courts in Mississippi and Tennessee including Federal Court, the Fifth and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Gilder's areas of practice include personal injury, criminal, medical malpractice, civil rights, and product liability. Mr. Gilder spent his first ten years as an attorney practicing with his father, Robert G. Gilder, at Gilder Law Firm in Southaven, Mississippi before forming Gilder, Howell & Assoc., P.A. with Jamie W. Howell, Jr. in June of 2000. This firm although as another legal entity has now combined their resources and experience with Chatham – Pittman, to form Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman. If you have any questions about this article, you can reach Jefferson through our contact page.