Jackson, MS Drunk Driving Accidents
Motor Vehicle Crash Lawyers Serving the Jackson Area
Drunk driving often results in catastrophic accidents that are almost always preventable, and it affects the lives of thousands of innocent victims each year. After a serious drunk driving accident, you may need to obtain medical care and take off work as part of the recovery process. Additionally, follow up treatment is often required, which could include physical therapy. Many injured victims are left wondering who will take care of all of these unwanted bills and who will provide for their families if they are incapacitated. Having handled car accident cases for more than 30 years, the Jackson car accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can assist victims in pursuing damages to which they are entitled under the law. We have collected over $1.5 billion in settlements, judgments, and verdicts for our clients. With more than 30 attorneys and over 100 support staff members, we have the resources to handle a wide variety of car accident cases.
Protecting Your Rights After a Drunk Driving Accident in Jackson
Under Mississippi law, to be considered driving while impaired, the driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) must be .08% or greater. However, for commercial truck drivers, the legal limit is lowered to .04%. Additionally, for a driver under the age of 21, the legal blood alcohol concentration level is dropped even lower, to .02%. Our car accident attorneys understand that drunk driving is typically proof of negligence, which is a failure to act reasonably under the circumstances.
Of 36 fatal accidents in Jackson in 2013-14, 11 (or nearly one-third) involved intoxicated drivers. Moreover, the number more than doubled from 2013 to 2014, an ominous sign. They occurred on major highways like I-55 North and its frontage road, as well as I-220, but they also occurred in other places like State Route 18 West and McDowell Road. In one of these crashes, unfortunately, a pedestrian lost their life. Thus, the statistics bear out the fact that driving under the influence is a reckless but all too common behavior among Mississippi drivers.
Driving while intoxicated is a crime in Mississippi. If someone is caught driving under the influence in Jackson, he or she may face criminal penalties including jail time, fines, and a suspended driver’s license. For multiple offenders, an ignition interlock device may be installed in his or her vehicle. Evidence in a criminal case may be used to meet the plaintiff’s legal burden in a civil case.
Although drunk driving is a criminal offense, the defendant’s insurer or attorney may try to place some, if not all, of the blame on the victim in a civil drunk driving accident case. They will argue that the victim took action that contributed to the collision, such as speeding or failing to yield. Even if some blame is placed on the victim, there may still be an avenue for recovery for injuries such as broken bones, concussions, or scarring.
Mississippi follows the doctrine of pure comparative fault. This means that an injured party’s rights to recovery may be reduced by his or her own percentage of fault, but that being partially responsible is not an automatic bar to recovery. For example, if you and a friend were hit by a drunk driver, you were cited for speeding, and the other driver was cited for DUI and failure to yield, a jury could allocate fault among both drivers. If the jury determines that you were 20% responsible for the collision, then you could collect 80% of the damages awarded to you at trial. Maximizing your legal rights is one reason to retain a Jackson personal injury lawyer who is experienced in handling drunk driving accident cases.
Call a Jackson Drunk Driving Accident Attorney Today for a Free Consultation
If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to the negligence of a drunk driver, our attorneys may be able to represent you in a claim for damages. With medical bills piling up, accidents can cause lots of stress, especially if the victim is unable to promptly return to work and earn a living. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to arrange a free consultation with a drunk driving accident attorney in Jackson.