The 1-10 “Death Trap” in Mississippi: Why It’s So Dangerous

Mississippi residents may be aware of how dangerous the 1-10 has become — especially near the Louisiana border. But what exactly makes this stretch of road so hazardous? Why do so many people lose their lives or suffer serious injuries in this area? And perhaps most importantly, what can you do if you have suffered injuries on the 1-10? Can you sue and recover a settlement for your damages?

The Most Dangerous Part of the I-10 in Mississippi

By far the most dangerous part of the I-10 in Mississippi is a portion of the highway in Hancock County near the coast. This stretch of road has been nicknamed the “Death Trap” by locals — and for good reason. The bridge that connects Hancock County to St. Tammany Parish is particularly accident-prone, and some of the state’s deadliest crashes have occurred on this bridge.

Semi-trucks are often involved in these crashes. A truck hauling BMWs crashes last year, causing a fiery wreck and serious damage to the bridge. This damage took months to repair, causing even more traffic jams as lanes were closed. Semi-trucks continue to crash in the same general area, causing numerous deaths and injuries.

To make matters worse, the West Pearl River bridge in Louisiana was recently closed for repairs. Until then, drivers had the option of avoiding the “death trap” of the I-10 by taking this bridge instead — even though it made the trip longer. With the West Pearl River bridge closed, drivers are now being funneled into the death trap with no other options available. It was recently reported that almost 50,000 vehicles travel this part of the I-10 on a daily basis, causing serious congestion throughout weekdays — especially in the morning and afternoon.

One driver stated:

“I tell all my friends that I-10 is a death trap because there’s always something happening on I-10. I live in Diamondhead, and from Diamondhead to the state line there’s always something, at least twice a month.”

Making the I-10 Safer

The Mississippi Department of Transport does have plans to make the I-10 safer, but the project isn’t scheduled to begin until sometime in 2023. This project involves making improvements to the meridian. But at the end of the day, there’s not much the state can do about reckless drivers and rushing semi-trucks who fail to act safely while crossing such a dangerous bridge.

Where Can I Find a Qualified Accident Attorney in Mississippi?

If you’ve been searching for a qualified accident attorney in Mississippi, look no further than Ballard Law, PLLC. Over the years, we have helped numerous injured plaintiffs in the Magnolia State, and we are well aware of how dangerous the 1-10 has become near the Louisiana border. With our assistance, you can strive for a fair settlement that covers your medical expenses, missed wages, emotional distress, and any other damages you might have incurred. Book your consultation today to get started with an effective action plan.


  1. https://www.sunherald.com/news/local/article269077017.html
  2. https://www.nola.com/news/why-is-i-10-at-the-louisiana-mississippi-line-so-dangerous/article_54f5cbcc-6fff-11ed-b358-e3dccacb8ef5.html

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