The city of Jackson is located in western Mississippi and is the capital of Mississippi. Jackson has the largest population of any city in the state with a population of approximately 173,900. Jackson is one of two county seats of Hinds County. Jackson is home to Jackson State University, University of Mississippi: Medical Center, Millsaps College, Belhaven University, Mississippi College School of Law, Virginia College: Jackson, Antonelli College, Hinds Community College and Tougaloo College. Interstate 55 (I-55), Interstate 20 (I-20), US 49, US 51 and US 80 are the main trucking routes running through Jackson. I-20 is a major east-west highway running from Texas to South Carolina. In Mississippi, I-20 travels through Vicksburg, Clinton, Jackson, Brandon and Meridian and continues east into Alabama. I-55 runs north to south from Illinois to Louisiana. In Mississippi, I-55 travels through Southaven, Courtland, Goodman, Madison, Jackson and Osyka before entering into Louisiana. US 49 branches off of US 61 in northern Mississippi and runs southeast through Schlater, Greenwood, Eden, Jackson, Florence and Wiggins, and ends in Gulfport, Mississippi. US 51 runs south parallel to I-55 throughout the entire state. US 51 travels through Coldwater, Oakland, Durant, Pickins, Jackson and Osyka before entering Louisiana. US 80 runs parallel to I-20 travels east-west across the state. US 80 passes through Vicksburg, Clinton, Jackson, Brandon and Meridian before entering Alabama. Jackson-Evers International Airport provides air services to Jackson.
Recent Truck Accidents in the Area
April 22, 2011 â€“ Mile marker 25 on Interstate 55 northbound
The driver of an SUV was injured when he collided with an overturned tractor-trailer in Lincoln County, Mississippi. The collision happened at the construction zone where the highway turned from a two lane to a single lane highway.
Safe Speed: Truck drivers are required to reduce their speed for hazards in the roadway and for construction zones. The truck driver must maintain a safe speed and distance from other vehicles to avoid having to brake suddenly and to keep his vehicle from jackknifing. A tractor-trailer will jackknife when the trailer off-tracks and swings out in sudden braking situations, causing the vehicle to lose control and many times to overturn. We have handled a number of cases involving jackknifing tractor-trailers and you can see our case results by clicking here.
Interstate trucking companies are governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (â€śFMCSRâ€ť), including trucking operations, driver qualifications, hours of service, maintenance of equipment, insurance, and alcohol and drug testing. Mississippi also has state specific regulations governing intrastate trucking companies. Intrastate trucking companies pick up and deliver loads only in the State of Mississippi and do not cross state lines. The Mississippi Department of Transportation has adopted many of the federal regulations as also being applicable to intrastate trucking companies. Under Mississippi law, intrastate trucking companies must have minimum liability insurance coverage in the amount of $750,000.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a trucking accident, you should contact a trucking attorney at Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC as soon as possible to make sure that evidence is preserved and not destroyed by the trucking company. You can contact us by calling 877-591-1801 or clicking here to email us.