Jackson, MS Drunk Driving Motorcycle Accidents
Drivers in Jackson, Mississippi, and throughout the United States have a duty to use reasonable care when driving in order to maintain the safety of themselves as well as other people on the road. When it comes to motorcyclists, it is especially important to drive safely because motorcycles usually do not have the safety features that come standard in most cars, vans, sport utility vehicles (SUVs), and trucks – not to mention the actual frame of a vehicle to protect them. Unfortunately, some drivers do not drive safely around motorcyclists, which can lead to a collision with a motorcyclist. If someone is driving drunk and crashes into a motorcyclist, chances are that the impact will be more forceful and the injuries that the motorcyclist sustains will be more severe. If you have suffered injuries from a drunk driving motorcycle accident, you should reach out to one of the Jackson motorcycle accident attorneys of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. With over 30 attorneys, we are a large regional personal injury law firm that is dedicated to fighting on behalf of motorcycle collision victims in Mississippi and across the South.The Dangers of Drunk Driving Motorcycle Accidents
Not only is drunk driving illegal, but it is also extremely dangerous. Many drunk driving accidents involving just standard passenger vehicles are fatal. Can you imagine how much more likely a drunk driving collision will result in a fatality when the crash involves a motorcyclist? As previously stated, unlike standard passenger vehicles, motorcycles do not protect their drivers with a metal frame and an abundance of safety features, so when a drunk driver hits a motorcyclist, he or she is going to receive most – if not all – of the impact directly.
To give you an example, we will say that you are riding your motorcycle in Hinds County on Interstate 20 – not too far from Jim Hill High School, which is located at 2185 Coach Fred Harris Street, Jackson, MS 39204. A drunk driver in an adjacent lane fails to maintain his lane, thus veering into your lane. His vehicle slightly bumps into your motorcycle before he is able to steer himself back into his lane. That slight bump to your motorcycle was enough to cause your motorcycle to fall over, resulting in you hitting the pavement in excess of 50 miles per hour.
After such an accident, you will likely have high medical bills and lost wages, among other losses. Mississippi law places the burden of proof on the plaintiff seeking compensation, so you will have to establish the negligence of the other driver in order to recover economic and non-economic damages. This can be done by proving that your injuries were caused due to the other driver breaching a duty of reasonable care that was owed to you by him or her. A car accident attorney in the Jackson, Mississippi, area can help you prove your claim and assert your rights to the fullest extent.
In Mississippi, it is against the law for someone 21 years old or older to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher. Thus, the drunk driver will likely be arrested by the Jackson Police Department at the scene and prosecuted by the Hinds County District Attorney’s Office. While the defendant’s criminal case is legally separate from your civil cause of action against him or her, information from that case could be beneficial towards proving liability in your civil case for damages.Call an NST Attorney in the Jackson Area to Explore Your Options
Drunk driving collisions can cause harm to anyone on the road, but that is especially true for motorcyclists since they do not have the protection of a standard passenger vehicle. The results of drunk driving motorcycle accidents are often horrific. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, we assist injured motorcyclists in Jackson, Tupelo, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Meridian, Little Rock, Jonesboro, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Caruthersville, Hayti, and in other communities throughout Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, and Kentucky. Contact us today by calling us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free appointment with a bike crash lawyer. We look forward to showing you why NST is the way to go.