June 2009 Archives

June 30, 2009

18 Wheeler Driver Kills Family Of Four In Magee, Mississippi


A van containing the Smith family from Inverness, MS was stopped at a traffic light waiting for it to turn green when all of a sudden a JNJ Express 18 wheeler driver crashed into the rear end of the van. All four members of the Smith family were pronounced dead at the scene. They were identified as: Edgar Smith, Kimberly Smith, Edgar Smith,V and Emily Smith.

Magee Police asked the Mississippi Highway Patrol to help with the investigation.

All too often, these 18 wheeler companies pay their drivers by the mile, and tell them the quicker they deliver their load, the more money they will make. So what happens is that the drivers work over the legal driving time limit and end up getting fatigued, falling asleep and causing a wreck like this one. The corporation should be required to pay for the damages for over-working their drivers who cause these type of accidents. If the same corporation has repeated violations of over-worked drivers, then that corporation should be put out of business. JNJ Express is out of Memphis and employs 184 drivers; the company carries at least one million dollars of insurance.

Fatigued truck drivers are the most dangerous vehicle on the highway. This aspect of dangerous driving is so common that the FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY REGULATIONS created one section dealing specifically with this problem. Section 392.3 states that: "No driver shall operate a commercial motor vehicle, and a motor carrier shall not require or permit a driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle, while the driver's ability or alertness is so impaired, or so likely to become impaired, through fatigue,illness, or any other cause, as to make it unsafe for him/her to begin or continue to operate the commercial motor vehicle."18 wheeler.jpg

Tractor-trailer trucks are dangerous already;but, they become extremely dangerous when their driver is fatigued! We represent clients who have been injured or killed in 18 wheeler accident cases. If you know of someone who may need assistance with one of these type of cases, call Mississippi Accident Lawyer Paul Snow for your FREE consultation 601-969-1977 or contact us online. Compare our track record to any other lawyer's track record in 18 wheeler cases.

Information provided by Mississippi Accident Lawyer Paul Snow.

June 29, 2009

Rollover Accident Kills Driver Near Philadelphia, Mississippi


Ricky Dunn was killed in an accident when his pickup truck and an SUV collided on MS Hwy. 15 near the intersection of Hwy. 485. Dunn's Ford pickup truck flipped over and the roof of his vehicle collapsed causing his death. The other vehicle, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, was driven by Sharon Harris. Neshoba County Sheriff's Department came to the scene and helped with the investigation along with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.

The family of Mr. Dunn may have a claim against the maker of the truck because the roof of his pickup truck caved in on top of him.Two other passengers in the truck had injuries and were taken to the local hospital.

If you know of someone who was killed in an accident, call Mississippi Accident Lawyer, Paul Snow at 601-969-1977 for your FREE consultation or contact us online. We charge no attorney fee unless we recover for you. We represent clients in car, truck, motorcycle, boat, drunk driving, or any kind of accident. We have clients in Hinds, Madison, Rankin, Harrison, Forest, Lee, Warren and all other counties in MS.

June 24, 2009

Pro Golfer Ken Green Injured In RV Accident In Mississippi


Pro golfer, Ken Green, was seriously injured and his brother and girlfriend were killed when the tire on his RV blew out and caused the accident. Green's brother was driving on i-20 near Meridian, MS when the right front tire blew out. The RV ran off the road, went down an embankment and then hit a tree. William Green and Jean Marie Hodgin were killed in the accident. The entire front of the RV was demolished.

Ken Green was flown to University Medical Center in Jackson, MS.pro golfer2.jpg

Tim Finchem, the PGA commissioner, said "Our thoughts and prayers are with Ken Green and his family in this very difficult time."

Ken Green's leg was amputated recently.

If you know of someone who was injured or killed as a result of a faulty tire, or careless maintenance or repairs to a tire that blew out, call Mississippi Accident Lawyer Paul Snow to discuss your legal rights or ask any questions that you may have at 601-969-1977 or contact us online. We represent clients in accidents all over MS including Jackson, Gulfport, Biloxi, Hattiesburg, Greenville, Tupelo, Southaven, Vicksburg and Pascagoula.

June 23, 2009

Mississippi Woman Killed In Fiery Car Crash


Stephene Roberts, a passenger in a 1995 Chevrolet Camaro was killed in an accident in Florida when the driver went into the grass median, over corrected, and then lost control and left the highway hitting a tree. The vehicle then caught on fire. The driver was ejected,but the passenger was not. Ms. Roberts was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver was taken to the local hospital, North Okaloosa Medical Center and listed in serious condition.

If you know of someone who was killed in a one vehicle accident by a negligent driver and have some questions, call Paul Snow at 601-969-1977 or contact us online. We represent people killed in all kinds of accidents including car, truck, motorcycle, boat, offshore, and from defective products.

June 22, 2009

18 Wheeler Kills Neshoba County, MS Man


A Neshoba County man was killed in an accident with an 18 wheeler when the driver of the 18 wheeler swerved into Carl Joe Terrell's lane of traffic and hit Terrell's 1999 Chevrolet pickup truck head-on. Terrell was wearing his seat belt, but the airbags did not deploy. The accident happened on Hwy. 19 South near Tucker.

Terrell was airlifted to University Medical Center in Jackson, MS where he died from head trauma. Mr. Terrell was a Master Mason, served in the Army National Guard, and was a member of Pine Forest Baptist Church.

Who can sue whom and why? The 18 wheeler's insurance company can be sued for their driver's negligence for pulling into Mr. Terrell's lane of traffic and hitting him head-on; also, the maker of the pickup truck and airbag company can be sued for products liability for the failure of the airbag to deploy; the driver who caused the 18 wheeler driver to swerve in the first place can also be sued for negligent driving.

Anyone in Mr. Terrell's family can pursue the lawsuit against the negligent parties and their insurance companies. Damages would include: loss of love,society and companionship of Mr. Terrell, pain and suffering before death, medical bills, funeral bills, lost income, and any other damages allowed by Mississippi law for the wrongful death of Mr. Terrell.

If you know of someone who was killed in an accident with an 18 wheeler or big truck, call the Mississippi Accident Lawyer Paul Snow with any questions that you may have, 601-969-1977 or contact us online. We represent accident and injury victims in all kind of accidents all throughout Mississippi including Jackson, Columbus, Clinton, Pearl, Brandon, Starkville, Olive Branch, Clarksdale, Ridgeland, Natchez, Greenwood and Laurel.