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MISSISSIPPI BICYCLE ACCIDENT STATISTICS


Resident
Population

2,989,000

Total Traffic
Fatalities

690

Pedalcyclist
Fatalities

5

Percentage of Total Traffic Fatalities

0.7%

Pedalcyclist Fatalities per Million Population

1.67

MISSISSIPPI BICYCLE STATUTES


Mississippi Code of 1972

As Amended

SEC. 63-3-207. Applicability of chapter to persons riding bicycles or animals or driving animal-drawn vehicles.

Every person riding a bicycle or an animal or driving any animal drawing a vehicle upon a highway shall have all of the rights and all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle under this chapter, except those provisions of this chapter which by their nature can have no application.

SOURCES: Codes, 1942, Sec. 8149; Laws, 1938, ch. 200; 1983, ch. 350, Sec. 2, eff from and after July 1, 1983.

Mississippi Code of 1972

As Amended

SEC. 63-3-603. Driving on roadways laned for traffic.

(e) Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two (2) abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles. Persons riding two (2) abreast shall not impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic and, on a laned roadway, shall ride within a single
lane.

SOURCES: Codes, 1942, Sec. 8187; Laws, 1938, ch. 200; 1977, ch. 321, Sec. 1; 1983, ch. 350, Sec. 3, eff from and after July 1, 1983.

Mississippi Code of 1972

As Amended

SEC. 63-7-13. Requirements as to lighting equipment. (4) Lamps on bicycles. Every bicycle shall be equipped with a lighted white lamp on the front thereof visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of at least five hundred feet in front of such bicycle and shall also be equipped with a reflex mirror reflector or lamp on the rear exhibiting a red light visible under like conditions from a distance of at least five hundred feet to the rear of such bicycle.

SOURCES: Codes, 1942, Sec. 8229-01; Laws, 1938, ch. 200; 1948, ch. 343, Sec. 9; 1956, ch. 381; 1968, ch. 543, Sec. 1, eff from and after passage (approved May 15, 1968).

Mississippi Code of 1972

As Amended

SEC. 63-7-65. Horns and other warning devices.
(3) No vehicle shall be equipped with nor shall any person use upon a vehicle any siren, whistle, or bell, except as otherwise permitted in this section. No bicycle shall be equipped with nor shall any person use upon a bicycle any siren or whistle.

SOURCES: Codes, 1942, Sec. 8250; Laws, 1938, ch. 200; 1994, ch. 324, Sec. 1, eff from and after July 1, 1994

SEC. 63-3-1112. Duty of driver to avoid collision with pedestrian or person propelling human- powered vehicle; warning signal.

Notwithstanding other provisions of this chapter or the provisions of any local ordinance, every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian or any person propelling a human- powered vehicle and shall give an audible signal when necessary and shall exercise proper precaution upon observing any child or any obviously confused, incapacitated or intoxicated person.

SOURCES: Laws, 1983, ch. 350, Sec. 6, eff from and after July 1, 1983

RULE NO.: 941 – 7501 – 09001

Agency: Mississippi Department of Transportation
Agency Effective Date: May 15, 2005 Agency Issued Date: March 8, 2005
Secretary of State Authority Date: May 15, 2005
Supercedes Rule:
Division: MAINTENANCE
Rule Title: Rules, Regulations and Ordinances Governing Use of State Highways of Mississippi
The person to be contacted regarding the proposed rule is: Facility and Records Management Director
Name of person originating the proposed rule: John Vance
Name of supervisor or person who approved the proposed rule: Melinda McGrath

Purpose: To regulate the use of State highways in order that they be preserved for public benefit as intended by law and to carry out the Mississippi Transportation Commission’s agreements with the Federal Government regarding maintenance and preservation of completed highways.

Summary: This rule sets forth the requirements necessary to regulate the use of State highways in order that they be reserved for public benefit as intended by law and to carry out the Mississippi Transportation Commission’s agreements with the Federal Government regarding maintenance and preservation of completed highways.

The portion of the text of interest to the Cyclist or Pedestrian:

Rules, Regulations, and Ordinances

12. The use of any fully controlled access (see definitions) facility by pedestrians, bicycles,
hitchhikers, ridden or herded animals and animal drawn vehicles is prohibited. The use of any such fully controlled access facility by motor bicycles, non-motorized vehicles or any other vehicle unable to comply with the posted minimum speed limit is also prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person to fish from any bridge, culvert or other structure on a state highway.

Definitions

Control of Access: The condition where the right of owners or occupants of abutting land or other persons to access, light, air, or view in connection with a highway is fully or partially controlled by public authority. Full control of access means that the authority to control access is exercised to give preference to through traffic by providing access connections with selected public roads only and by prohibiting crossings at grade or direct private driveway connections. Partial control of access means that the authority to control access is exercised to give preference to through traffic to a degree that, in addition to access connections with selected public roads, there may be some crossings at grade and some private driveway connections.

The full text of the rule is:
http://www.gomdot.com/apa_data/apa_rules/PDF_Record/maintenance/941-750109001/941-7501- 09001.pdf

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  • I was referred to Ben and his firm when I was hit by a car. Before I hired him as my attorney, Ben spent an enormous amount of time with me both answering my questions, as well as making sure I was comfortable with the process, timelines, and possible outcomes. Throughout the case I was given timely status reports and updates on the discussions from both sides. Not only was the service provided top notch, but Ben himself is a pleasure to work with. If this is ever something you find yourself in need of, there is no better place to go than BAA.

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    Unfortunately 1 year ago I was in a very bad bicycle accident and also took out some of my fellow riders. Fortunately though Ben from Bike Accident Attorneys was on that same bike ride and what a blessing that was for me and those that were also involved. Him and his staff were amazing and so helpful with everything. He was a tremendous help and the greatest thing was not only was I represented professionally, but I gained a close friend and riding teammate. Thank you Ben and to your wonderful staff!

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    Bike Accident Attorneys is a fantastic law firm dedicated to cyclists! Ben Dodge will go above and beyond to make sure everything you need is taken care of. He is one of the kindest and most honest people I've ever had the honor of knowing. In addition he is a cyclist just like us and knows our mindset and needs. I highly recommend contacting Ben before you do anything else if you are in the unfortunate circumstance of needing help if something happens to you on a ride.

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