Ridgeland, MS – John Vanderford Killed, Four Injured in Collision on Hwy 51 near I-55

Ridgeland, MS (October 21, 2023) – Police in Ridgeland were called to the scene of a fatal traffic accident on the morning of October 21. Emergency responders were seen rendering aid at the crash site a short time after the wreck occurred. 

Sources say the incident took place on Highway 51 near Interstate 55. One driver identified as John Vanderford, age 47, lost his life in the crash. Four others sustained injuries, according to information provided by police. 

One of the injured victims was flown to the University of Mississippi Medical Center while the other three were taken to UMMC by ambulance. Part of the Natchez Trace Parkway was closed for some time after the fatal collision occurred. 

Police in Ridgeland continue to investigate the details of the crash. 

We want to offer our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time. We hope for the full recovery of the injured victims.

Mississippi Traffic Accidents

Drivers who operate their vehicles while intoxicated or at unsafe speeds commonly contribute to auto collisions throughout the United States and in the state of Mississippi. In 2016, drunk driving was behind around ¼ of auto accidents that happened in Mississippi. Intoxicated driving collisions also result in the highest number of fatalities year after year in the Magnolia State. Speeding and intoxication are both extremely hazardous forms of negligent driving that cause thousands of people to sustain injuries and lose their lives every year.  

Ridgeland, MS - John Vanderford Killed, Four Injured in Collision on Hwy 51 near I-55

Alcohol-related deaths were behind around one-fourth of crash-related fatalities in the US in 2020. Additionally, approximately 75% of deceased crash victims were intoxicated drivers. Driving while intoxicated often leads to bad judgment, impaired vision, and reduced reaction times, all of which are extremely dangerous to exhibit while behind the wheel. Drunk driving often results in catastrophic accidents that end with individuals sustaining injuries that are serious, debilitating, or even deadly.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident caused by a negligent driver, you should talk to a car accident lawyer who can help you recover. An attorney who specializes in personal injury law will know what to do to help you get the financial compensation you need and deserve after you were wrongfully injured in a traffic accident.

If the worst has happened, and you have lost someone you love in a negligently caused crash, a wrongful death lawyer can help you get the compensation and justice you deserve. You may be eligible to collect financial compensation for a long list of damages that may have been imposed upon you due to your loved one’s crash, including but not limited to: 

  • Lost wages
  • Emotional turmoil
  • Pain
  • Suffering
  • Funeral costs
  • etc

At the law office of Mama Justice, we have been working for decades to help crash victims and their loved ones recover from the difficult aftermath that often follows severe collisions. We do not charge anything upfront and only get paid if you are able to receive financial compensation for your losses and damages. Call our law office at (888) 484-1476 to learn more about how we can help you recover at this time.

Our Ridgeland wrongful death attorneys are highly skilled and experienced when it comes to personal injury law. We have worked with numerous clients on a wide range of car accident cases. Our team is well aware of the uniqueness of each case, so we tailor our approach to meet your specific needs. 

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