Meridian Drunk Driving Accidents
Have you been injured in a car crash involving a drunk driver? Unfortunately, drunk drivers continue to climb behind the wheel, and drunk driving continues to be a common cause of car wrecks across Mississippi. Drunk driving jeopardizes the safety of drivers, passengers, and all other motorists on the road. If you have been injured in an accident caused by an intoxicated driver, call Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz today for a free consultation with an experienced Meridian drunk driving accident lawyer. With more than 30 attorneys, 100 staff members, and 25 years of experience handling these types of cases, NST can help you fight to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses. We are a large regional personal injury law firm.Drunk Driving Is Against the Law in Mississippi
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 2,500 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in Mississippi from 2003 to 2012. The drunk driving rate of death in Mississippi almost doubles the national average. These are staggering, and devastating, statistics.
All 50 states, including Mississippi, have enacted laws to protect the public from the perils associated with drinking while driving. In Mississippi, it is illegal to climb behind the wheel if you have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. Mississippi also has an implied consent law, which means that if you refuse to submit to a chemical test to determine your BAC, you will be in violation of that law and subject to a fine and automatic license suspension. Unfortunately, even with these laws in place, Mississippi continues to have a high rate of drunk driving accidents.Seeking Monetary Damages After a Drunk Driving Collision
To recover compensation for injuries suffered in an accident, you will need to prove that the other driver was negligent. Generally, in order to hold a driver responsible for your injuries, a drunk driving accident lawyer in Meridian will need to show that he breached a duty of care to you that caused you to suffer injuries and losses. If the other driver was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or another traffic violation after rear-ending you in Interstate 59, for example, then you may be able to show negligence per se, or negligence as a matter of law. Under this theory, negligence is presumed if the other driver violated a law. Our attorneys have experience representing people injured by another driver who got a DUI.
For those involved in a car wreck, the Meridian Police Department will likely be dispatched to the scene. In some instances, the officer may not charge the other driver with DUI. The driver may pass field sobriety tests or may have a BAC below the legal limit. This does not mean that you cannot still show that the other driver was negligent and to blame for the accident and your injuries. A criminal charge or conviction is not required in order for you to succeed in a civil personal injury action. In these cases, you may be able to use the testimony of eyewitnesses, video surveillance footage, the defendant’s admissions, and other circumstantial evidence to prove the defendant’s impairment and resulting negligence.
The Meridian drunk driving accident attorneys at NST are experienced in DUI accident cases, and we have the knowledge and the resources to gather the evidence needed to hold the drunk driver responsible for his or her wrongdoing. We can also help you recover compensation for your losses. You may have to seek emergency medical treatment at a facility like Regency Meridian, located at 1102 Construction Avenue, Meridian, MS 39301. This could cause costly medical bills to pile up. Following a car accident with a drunk driver, you may be entitled to damages for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.Seek the Counsel of an Experienced Drunk Driving Crash Lawyer
If you have suffered physical harm in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to file a claim seeking compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, and vehicle property damage. In some DUI injury cases, you may also be able to seek punitive damages. Our knowledgeable attorneys can investigate your claim by interviewing witnesses and obtaining breathalyzer and blood test results so that we can build a convincing case against the drunk driver. Contact us toll-free at 800-529-4004 for a free consultation with a drunk driving accident attorney in Meridian today, or complete our online form. If you need legal representation after a car accident, NST is the way to go.