July 2009 Archives

July 31, 2009

Hit-And-Run Drunk Driver Arrested For Killing Mississippi Woman

 

Shannon Nicole Mathis, 25, was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Georgia. Shannon is from Mississippi and was visiting relatives. Her sister, Diane Meyer, 22, was seriously injured in the accident. The coroner pronounced Ms. Mathis dead at 9:58 p.m. Diane Meyer sustained a compound fracture in her left leg.

Willie David Bragg, Jr. was arrested for Felony hit-and-run,homicide by vehicle and failure to maintain lane. Authorities believe that Bragg was intoxicated when the two women were struck.75579_drunk_driving.jpg

Who can make a claim against whom and why? The family of Ms. Mathis can make a claim against the at fault driver's insurance company. Also, they can make a claim against the bar or grocery store that sold the alcohol to the driver. Finally, they can make a claim against their own insurance company for uninsured motorist benefits. That's right, you are covered for uninsured motorists benefits in hit-and-run accidents and being hit while a pedestrian. Ms. Meyer can also make a same claims.

If you are hurt or killed in an accident in MS, chances are the person that caused the accident will not have any insurance;therefore, you will have to make a claim against your own insurance company for uninsured motorist benefits. Because most insurance companies in MS know that the chances of someone being in an accident with an uninsured motorist are high, the insurance companies tell their insurance agents to sell low uninsured motorist limits of coverage. For example, if you have $100,000 of liability insurance, i'll bet you a dollar that your agent only sold you $25,000 of uninsured limits. Pull out your policy and read it now. IF YOUR UNINSURED MOTORIST LIMITS DO NOT EQUAL YOUR LIABILITY LIMITS, THEN CALL YOUR AGENT IMMEDIATELY AND TELL HIM TO INCREASE YOUR UNINSURED MOTORIST LIMITS TO EQUAL YOUR LIABILITY LIMITS. It doesn't cost that much more of a premium to increase your UM limits. The main part of your premium goes to the liability limits. If and when that accident happens with an uninsured motorist, you will be glad you did.

Oh, by the way, if you have more than one vehicle on your policy, then you may be able to stack your uninsured motorist coverage. For example, if you have $100,000 of uninsured motorist coverage on three vehicles, then you may be able to make a claim for up to $300,000 on your policy.

If you have any questions about uninsured motorist coverage or anything else, call Paul Snow for a FREE consultation 601-969-1977 or contact us online.

Information provided by Mississippi Accident Lawyer Paul Snow.

July 30, 2009

Two-Vehicle Accident Kills Driver And Puts Small Child In Jackson, MS Hospital

 

Justin Smith, 27, was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe when a 1998 GMC Z-71 driven by Casey Wallace turned in front of Smith's SUV. The car crash killed Smith and severely injured Tristin Rollins, a passenger in Smith's vehicle, who was flown to University Medical Center in Jackson, MS.

The intersection is known as Laird's Crossing and is labeled as a dangerous intersection by local people. This is the second fatality at this intersection in two months according to the local sheriff. Melissa Hall was severely injured and Janice Allen was killed in the past at this intersection. He said there is a dip in the road coming from Natchez and it is hard to see from where the stop sings are located. Also, the evening sun blinds people when you stop and look west.

The local coroner said the only way to stop the fatalities is to install four-way stop signs. He said after four-way signs were installed at the intersection of Hwy. 84 and East Lincoln Road, they haven't had one fatal accident since the installation.

Who can make a claim against whom and why? Anyone hurt or killed in the Smith vehicle may make a claim against the at fault driver, Casey Wallace. Also, claims can be made against the insurance company for the Smith vehicle if Wallace did not have enough insurance to cover all of the damages. Also, claims could be made under the medical pay coverage under the Smith policy. Finally, Tristin Rollins may be able to make a claim against her mother's or father's car insurance for underinsured motorist benefits.

Information provided by Mississippi Accident Lawyer Paul Snow. We handle all type of accident cases all over MS, including Clarksdale, Ridgeland, Greenwood, Laurel and Starkville.

July 29, 2009

Traumatic Brain Injury

 

Traumatic Brain Injury

Annually, an estimated 1.4 million people in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI), a jolt or blow to the head, which can severely impact brain function. A concussion is considered a mild TBI. More severe TBIs can lead to coma and death. Over 5 million disabled Americans acquired their condition as the result of a TBI. Leading causes of TBI injuries include:

Vehicle accident and crashes
Industrial accidents
Offshore accidents
Firearm accidents
Nursing home abuse
Slips and falls

Common symptoms of brain injury may include attention problems, memory problems, seizures, irritability, depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, concentration problems, headaches, dizziness, insomnia, fatigue, nausea, blurred vision, or loss of balance. In serious brain injury cases, the brain may swell. This is a life threatening condition and requires immediate hospitalization and care, including the use of intra-cranial monitors and drugs to help prevent the swelling.

The Law Offices of Paul Snow represent clients that have suffered traumatic brain injuries because of another's negligence. Our firm also represents clients whose loved ones have a brain injury. We can work with you to explore your options and help you make sense of this traumatic situation.

TBI can be severe, life altering, and fatal. We understand that a person suffering a TBI and/or their loved ones are suddenly forced to confront issues including treatment and long-term care, loss of income, retirement considerations, and quality of life issues. The Law Office of Paul Snow will discuss your situation and review with you the options available to you. We will work with all parties involved including insurance companies to ensure your needs are met quickly and appropriately.

Mississippi law imposes a statute of limitations on accident claims. Injured persons suffering from the effects of a TBI and/or their loved ones are at risk of losing the ability to recover monetary damages related to the accident. If you know of someone injured in an accident who suffers from a traumatic brain injury, please call The Law Office of Paul Snow. Our law firm has experience and knowledge to help you obtain the amount of settlement that you deserve.

Paul Snow has obtained a $16,500,000 structured settlement for a brain injury patient who was injured in a truck accident on Interstate 220 in Jackson, Mississippi.

We offer a complimentary FREE consultation to all prospective clients. If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury because another party was at fault or someone you loved has died or have been injured, call Paul Snow at 601-969-1977 or 1-800-640-4478, or contact us online for answers to your questions or to schedule your consultation.

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July 27, 2009

18 Wheeler Accidents

 

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If you know of someone who was seriously injured or killed in an 18-wheeler accident, you may want to investigate several 18-wheeler accident attorneys before you make a final decision. Don't be fooled by the TV attorneys. Compare Paul Snow's track record to theirs. A Mississippi accident lawyer who has several years experience in winning multi-million dollar settlements for his/her clients will best represent your interests instead of someone who does divorce work or is a general practitioner. Mississippi accident lawyers should know the rules and regulations unique to trucking accidents pertaining to such subjects as drug and alcohol testing, heavy-duty truck systems, and the transportation of hazardous materials. He/she should also be familiar with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.

Speeding
Failure to yield
Tire blow outs
Overloaded trucks
Drunk driving
Fatigued drivers

Before speaking with a Mississippi accident lawyer concerning your 18-wheeler accident case, you should familiarize yourself with the background and experience of that attorney. You should ask the law firm how many cases they have tried to successful conclusion and received multi-million dollar verdicts for their clients in trucking accidents.

WARNING! Don't hire an accident lawyer until you know the "8 Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Selecting an Accident Lawyer." If you hire the wrong lawyer, you could lose a lot of money and your case could drag out for months longer than necessary. Do what smart accident victims do. Click here for your FREE copy of my "Eight Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Selecting an Accident Lawyer." If you or someone you know has been injured or has been killed as the result of an accident, or if you are having trouble getting the insurance company to pay your claim, you are entitled to know your legal rights. That's why we invite you to call Paul Snow. Paul Snow's track record speaks for itself. Some examples are:

$16,500,000 structured settlement - truck crash
$8,000,000 verdict - wrongful death
$2,450,000 settlement - 18-wheeler accident

Residents of Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Tennessee, who have been injured in truck accidents, should contact our law firm. It is important that you realize trucking companies act immediately after accidents to assess and limit their liability to the victims involved. Your case may be stronger if you hire a qualified tractor-trailer accident attorney soon after the accident. A Mississippi accident lawyer in the Law Offices of Paul Snow has the experience and resources necessary to handle your case to maximize your recovery and help you fight for your legal rights.

If you do intend to hire Paul Snow or any other Mississippi accident lawyer to advise you concerning your injuries or death case sustained as a result of a truck accident, you should do so as soon as possible. In Mississippi, the law imposes a statute of limitations, which sets the maximum amount of time that legal proceedings can occur after the accident. Once the proceedings are initiated, there is no time limit on settling your claim. Each year at the Law Offices of Paul Snow, people call me to ask me for help that have legitimate cases only to find out that their statute of limitations has run out. It is one of the most difficult things for me to tell them that I cannot help them because they waited too long to call me.

One of the worst decisions individuals can make is to negotiate directly with trucking companies, insurance adjusters, or the trucking company lawyers. Most trucking companies are highly skilled at truck accident investigation and claims. Anything you say or sign may be held against you further down the road. When truck accidents occur, trucking companies often send their own representatives to accident scenes to pressure accident victims when they are most vulnerable. You need someone on your side. Do you know your rights? Large trucking companies have their own investigators and attorneys fighting for them. You need someone on your side, fighting for you.

We have been handling complex trucking injury litigation since 1974. We have obtained many settlements and verdicts worth millions of dollars. Paul Snow is board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

We get results. If you have any questions about accidents, injuries or your legal rights, let us go to work for you.

If you are a victim of an accident with a commercial truck or tractor-trailer, NOW is the time to contact the Law Offices of Paul Snow to protect your rights. Your choice of a lawyer is important, so choose carefully.

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July 26, 2009

Mississippi Teenager Killed In Accident In Slidell, Louisiana

 

David L. Rodrigue, Jr., 16, from Carriere, Mississippi was killed in an accident on I-59 near the intersection of I-12 in Slidell, LA. Mr. Rodrigue was driving a 2002 Toyota Tundra when he lost control of his vehicle, crossed the center line and hit the rear end of an 18 wheeler tractor-trailer rig. Two passengers were taken to the hospital, one was taken to Univeristy Hospital in New Orleans, LA. and the other to Northshore Hospital.75579_drunk_driving.jpg

Alcohol drank by the driver was a factor in the crash according to authorities. Say what? How does a 16 year old get alcohol? If someone like Kroger's or Super D drugstore sold alcohol to this minor which contributed to this accident, then that business is liable along with the driver for causing the accident and should pay damages for their actions.
That is why we have laws against selling alcohol to minors. They are too young and inexperienced to know the consequences of drinking and driving. The penalty for this young man should not have been "death", but a small fine. When is it going to stop.

The alcohol companies ads say: "drink responsively", i say it should be: "sell responsively." If the company did not illegally sell the alcohol to a minor in the first place, there would be no need to "drink responsively".

If you know of someone who was injured or killed by someone who was using alcohol, call now to discuss your legal rights. We offer a FREE consultation to see if you have a case. Call Paul Snow at 601-969-1977 or contact us online.

Information provided by Mississippi Accident Lawyer Paul Snow.

July 25, 2009

Columbus, MS Accident Kills 21 Year Old

 

Lakesha Garner was killed in a one vehicle accident in Columbus, MS last Friday when the Ford Explorer crashed. The accident injured five other passengers in the vehicle who were taken to the local hospital. Ms. Garner died of massive head trauma.

The Columbus Police Department and the Mississippi Highway Patrol are investigating the cause of the accident.

Any passenger who was hurt in the accident has a claim against the driver's insurance company in addition to their own insurance company if there is not enough insurance coverage on the driver. If there is separate insurance coverage on the owner of the vehicle than that of the driver, then claims can be made against that policy also.

IF you have been involved in an accident, call the Mississippi Accident Lawyer to discuss your legal rights. We offer a FREE consultation to see if you have a case. Call now before it is too late, 601-969-1977 and ask to talk with Paul Snow or contact us online.

July 24, 2009

Fatal Church Bus Crash Near Meridian, Mississippi

 

One teenager, Brandon Ugarte, was killed and six others were seriously injured, including Maggie Lee Henson who sustained a severe head injury in a bus accident that happened just outside of Meridian, MS. The bus was carrying a youth group from the FIrst Baptist Church of Shreveport to an event in Macon, GA.

A tire blew out causing the bus to roll over three times. Several of the children were ejected from the bus and the bus rolled over on top of them. A group of Alabama National Guardsmen were behind the bus and helped out after the accident. They turned the bus upright with their bare hands.

Lauren Murchison was also in critical condition at the University Medical Center in Jackson, MS.

Our prayers go out to all of the families who were involved in this accident. My 18 year old son just came home from working at a Young Life campus for three weeks in New York and i thank GOD that he has returned home safe and sound.

WHY DID THIS ACCIDENT HAPPEN? From listening to the eye witness statement, he said that they always have their buses serviced before going on a road trip. If this is true, then the company that inspected and serviced the bus, should be held liable for the accident for allowing the bus to go on the trip with a faulty tire. Maybe, they didn't check the tires too closely. Did anyone from the church have a duty to inspect and check the tires before going on a road trip? Was the tire defectively made? Did the driver have an chance to get the bus under control before it rolled over three times? Was the driver properly trained to drive a bus of that size? Did he have a commercial driver's license? I am sure that the church has insurance on the bus, but what if there is not enough insurance to cover all damages for all concerned?

These are some questions that need to be answered during an investigation of the accident.

If you know of someone who was injured or killed in a bus accident, call Paul Snow to discuss your legal rights. We offer a FREE consultation to see if you have a case. We don't charge any attorney fee unless we recover for you. We represent clients in MS and LA. Call now before it is too late, 601-969-1977 or 1-800-640-4478 or contact us online.

Information provided by Mississippi Accident Lawyer Paul Snow. For photographs from the scene go to www.toomsubafire.org

July 23, 2009

Pearl, Mississippi Accident Shuts Down Interstate

 

An accident occurred in Pearl, Rankin County, Mississippi when an SUV that was being towed came loose and crossed the median and hit an 18 wheeler which burst into flames. The accident caused I-20 to be shut down for a long time as crews battled the flames on the big truck.18 wheeler2.jpg

WHOM CAN SUE WHOM AND WHY? The driver of the tow truck can be sued for not making sure that the SUV was attached properly to the tow truck. If another person or company performed that task in a careless manner, then they can also be sued. If the hitch were defective, then the maker of the hitch can also be sued. The actual cause or causes of the accident need to be investigate to see exactly what happened and why.

That is why when there is a serious accident, you need to hire someone who has experience in that field. Call Paul Snow who has over 30 years of experience of handling accident cases to discuss your case FREE of charge. Call now before it is too late, 601-969-1977 or contact us online. We represent clients all over MS including Ridgeland, Natchez, Greenwood, Clarksdale and Laurel.

July 22, 2009

Spinal Cord Injuries

 

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injury (SCI) occurs when a traumatic event results in damage to the spinal cord. The most common types include bruising of the spinal cord and pressure on the spinal cord. Sometimes, the nerves are torn or severed which causes paralysis. In severe cases, breathing and bowel and bladder control are affected. SCI patients are also prone to develop secondary medical problems, such as bladder infections, lung infections and bed sores.

Motor vehicle accidents are at the top of the list, causing almost half of all spinal cord injuries. The leading causes are: work place accidents, diving accidents, electric shock, extreme twisting of the trunk, sports injuries and SUV rollovers.

If the victim receives a spinal cord injury at the neck level, the person will suffer from quadriplegia and will lose certain bodily functions. These type injuries can be devastating to the victim and the family of the victim, emotionally, physically and financially. Many people who suffer from spinal cord injuries require medical treatment for the rest of their lives and sometimes 24 hour nursing care. It is not uncommon to incur over $10,000,000 of future medical treatment for these types of cases.

In Mississippi, the law imposes a statute of limitations which sets a maximum amount of time that legal proceedings can occur after the day of the accident. Each year at our law office, people call me to ask me for help that have legitimate cases only to find that their statute of limitations has run out. It is one of the most difficult things for me to tell them that I cannot help them because they waited too long to talk with us. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident and is suffering from a spinal cord injury, please call the Law Offices of Paul Snow immediately. I have over 34 years of experience in these types of cases and know the challenges and obstacles that you will face. Please don't give up hope, today is a new day.

Spinal cord injuries can be severe and life altering. Our firm understands that your immediate goals after going through such trauma are to get your medical bills paid, make sure you do not suffer financially through any lost wages, and make sure your insurance company will pay for future treatment relating to your injuries. Our experienced attorneys will discuss your situation and go over the options available to you, as well as work with insurance companies and other parties involved in your case to make sure all your needs are handled quickly and appropriately.

Paul Snow is a member of the National Brain Injury Association and the Mississippi Brain Injury Association.

Paul Snow has obtained a $16,500,000 structured settlement for a spinal injury patient who was injured in a truck accident on Interstate 220 in Jackson, Mississippi.

If you would like to discuss your legal options, contact us online or call us at 601-969-1977 or 1-800-640-4478 to set up a FREE consultation.

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July 22, 2009

Black Box In Truck Burns DUI Driver In Gulfport, Mississippi

 

William Bill Kelly was killed by Shirley Taylor who told officers that she drank twelve beers in an accident on Jan. 8,2008 near Gulfport, MS. Taylor was driving a 2007 GMC truck on Mark West Road going 57 mph, according to the "black box" recorder installed in her vehicle when she ran over Mr. Kelly. The speed limit was 30 mph. Officers stated that Taylor said after the accident, "i hope i killed that man". "Ms. Taylor has made some bad decisions that cost Mr. Kelley his life and it's going to cost Ms. Taylor her freedom."dui death.jpg

WHO CAN SUE WHOM AND WHY? The family of Mr. Kelly can sue the driver for causing the accident;but, also the bar that over served alcohol to the driver may also be sued. Additionally, if the driver did not have any insurance or did not have enough insurance on her vehicle, then the family may also make a claim for uninsured motorist benefits. One does not have to be in a vehicle in order to make a claim for uninsured motorist benefits. Pedestrians are covered also.

If you know of someone who has a claim against a drunk driver, or a bar that over served a drunk driver or an uninsured motorist case, call Paul Snow to discuss your legal rights FREE of charge. We do not charge any attorney fee unless we recover for you. Call now at 601-969-1977 or contact us online. We represent clients all over MS including Columbus, Clinton, Pearl, Starkville and Olive Branch.

July 21, 2009

ATV DUI Puts Four In Jackson, Mississippi Hospital

 

Jerry Thornton of Florence, MS was arrested for DUI as a result of an accident that happened on Hwy. 49 just south of Florence. Thornton was driving the ATV four wheeler with three children on board; he drove across the highway and made it to the median, but an SUV, driven by Thomas Arrington, swerved into the median and hit the ATV. All of the victims suffered serious injuries and were taken to University Medical Center in Jackson, MS.

WHO CAN SUE WHOM AND WHY? The driver of the ATV can be sued for driving while under the influence of alcohol and careless driving. But, that is not all. The driver of the SUV who actually hit the four wheeler may also be partly at fault for following the vehicle in front of him to closely. The car in front of the SUV slammed on brakes to miss the four wheeler. If the SUV driver were not speeding nor following to close, then he could have avoided the accident, so he has some liability for contributing to this accident.

If you know of someone who has been injured or killed in an accident involving any type of ATV, call Paul Snow to discuss your legal rights FREE. We do not charge any attorney fees unless we recover for you. Call now 601-969-1977 or contact us online. We represent clients all over the state, including Meridian, Tupelo, Southaven, Vicksburg and Pascagoula.rhino.jpg

July 20, 2009

Oxford, MS Woman Sentenced In DUI Death

 

Beth Lyon was sentenced to six years for the DUI death of Rodney Shaw who was a Mississippi Valley State University professor. Lyon's BAC test results showed that she was over the legal limit at the time of the accident when her vehicle crossed the median and hit Mr. Shaw's vehicle head-on. Mr. Shaw was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident which happened just in front of the main gate to the campus.

If the DUI driver obtained her alcohol from a bar or store that had a license to sell alcohol, then that business may be sued for contributing to this accident along with the driver. A lot of times, the driver only has minimal insurance coverage, or no insurance coverage, so the only way to recover any money for the wrongful death is to sue others who may be at fault for contributing to the accident.

Some of our biggest settlements came from grocery stores and bars who sold alcohol to a driver who then caused a car wreck. If you know of someone who was injured or killed by someone who had been drinking, call Paul Snow at 601-969-1977 for a FREE consultation or contact us online to discuss your case. We do not charge any attorney fees unless we recover for you.

We represent clients all over MS including Jackson, Gulfport, Biloxi, Hattiesburg, and Greenville. We represent clients who have been injured or killed in car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, drunk driving accidents and injuries from bad products.

Information provided by Mississippi Accident Lawyer Paul Snow.

July 15, 2009

Explosion In Smith County, Mississippi

 

An explosion in Smith County,MS killed one worker and severely injured other workers when a gas pipeline exploded. The workers were testing the pipeline with nitrogen when it exploded. The workers were from Texas and worked for Grand Bluff Constrution Company

Our lawfirm handled the explosion in Smith County, MS that happened in Raleigh, MS on 6-5-06. After working up the case for trial, it was settled for a multi-million settlement.

If you know of any workers who were injured or killed in any explosion, call my law office for a FREE consultation to discuss your particular situation, 601-969-1977 or 1-800-640-4478 or contact us online. We do not charge any attorney fees unless we recover for you. Be careful of investigators who work for ambulance chasers. Make sure that you check any lawyers track record paul snow.jpgfirst before hiring an attorney.

July 10, 2009

OHSA Cracking Down On Combustible Dust Citations In Mississippi

 

OHSA has found over 3600 violations as a result of 813 inspections over the last one and one-half years. The most cited violations are: hazard communication,personal protective equipment,electrical, and general duty clauses. The inspections were done as a result of the National Emphasis Program which is designed to reduce exposure to combustible dust hazards. A lot of the violations were willful, serious,repeat, or failure to abate.

Companies who have combustible dust need to review hot work processes, evaluate location of electrical equipment, prohibit flames in dust laden areas, make sure dust is released to a safe location, and develop an emergency action plan.

Dust fires and explosions occur when five factors are present: oxygen, an ignition source, dust, dispersion of the dust and confinement of the dust. These five factors are called the Dust Explosion Pentagon.

Additional information is available from OSHA regional office, 61 Forsyth St. S.W., Atlanta, GA.

If you know of someone who was injured or killed in an explosion accident, call Mississippi Accident Lawyer, Paul Snow, for your FREE consultation, 601-969-1977 or contact us online.

The last explosion case that we were involved in and were lead trial counsel involved an explosion at Partridge-Raleigh. The National Chemical Safety Board prepared a videotape of their final investigation.

July 8, 2009

Lawrence County, Mississippi Accident Leaves One Dead At Dangerous Intersection

 

An accident in Monticello, MS left an 85 year old woman dead when she failed to yield the right of way and hit the left side of an 18 wheeler at the intersection of Hwy. 84 and Ferguson Mill Road. The impact occurred just behind the rear wheels of the big rig. Anna Mae Bilyeu was killed on impact. The Jaws of Life were required to free her from the vehicle.

There have been 30 accidents at this intersection since the bypass opened in 2006.

If you know of someone who has been killed in an accident, whether from car, truck, motorcycle, or by a drunk driver, call Paul Snow now for your FREE consultation to discuss your legal rights. We do not charge any attorney fees unless we recover for you. We represent clients in all type of cases including offshore, premises, products, nursing home, legal malpractice,on-the-job injuries and wrongful death.

July 6, 2009

Two Rollover Accidents Near Laurel, MS

 

Two rollover accidents occurred in Jones County, Mississippi. The driver of a Buick LaSabre lost control of his vehicle,left the road,flipped several times and ended up against a cyclone fence. Mississippi Highway Patrol and Jones County Sheriff's Office responded to the wreck. Thereafter, an 18 wheeler caught on fire.18 wheeler1.jpg On the way to the 18 wheeler fire, emergency fire truck engine 1 came upon a rollover accident involving a Toyota pickup truck that happened on I-59. The driver was ejected from the vehicle and the engine was on fire. The driver was seriously injured and taken to the local hospital in Laurel, MS.toyota pickup.jpg

If you know of someone who was involved in an auto or truck accident, call Mississippi Accident Lawyer Paul Snow to discuss your legal rights FREE of charge, 601-969-1977, or contact us online. We do not charge an attorney fee, unless we recover for you.

July 4, 2009

Mississippi Alcohol Boating Safety Act

 

The Mississippi Alcohol Boating Safety Act prohibits anyone from operating a boat while intoxicated due to alcohol or drugs. A concentration of .10 bac is evidence that a person is intoxicated and that person will be given a BUI (boating under the influence). If one has less than .10 bac, then the charge will be reckless driving. These laws are strictly enforced. Drinking while on the water poses one of the greatest dangers to those swimming or boating. When you are on the water in the heat of the summer, fatigue sets in quicker. If you have been drinking, it hits you even harder.

According to statistics of the U.S. Coast Guard, over 50% of all water related deaths involved alcohol; 70% of those involved capsizing or falling overboard and 80% of those occured on boats under 26 feet.

A local Game and Fish officer said of the 44 body bags that he has seen, not one of them was wearing a life jacket. For a great example of what happens in a split second in a boating accident, watch www.youtube.com and search for "bass boat crash".

So, remember the other rules of boating safety. Anyone born after June 30, 1980, must have passed a boating education course. Any passenger 12 or under, must be accompanied by someone at least 21 years old. There must be a life jacket for each person on board. Children 12 and younger must wear their life jacket at all times that the boat is moving. There must be an additional throw cushion on board. Most boat related drownings happen to people who know how to swim, but are not wearing a life jacket. See Mississippi Boating Handbook which can be found at www.mdwfp.com. Follow the links for Fishing and Boating.

192,000 vessels are registered in MS and a majority of these will be on the water during the Fourth of July weekend. Most boating accidents are collisions with other boats, an object in the water, fire and/or explosions or passengers falling overboard. Jet ski accidents and others occur more during this holiday than any other time of the year because everyone is off of work and enjoying their water related activities during the heat of the summer.

Everyone should be safe on the water. If you are involved in a boating accident and have some questions, call Mississippi Accident Lawyer Paul Snow for a FREE consultation to discuss your particular case at 601-969-1977 or contact us online. We represent clients who have been injured or killed in boating accidents all over MS and LA including Jackson, Gulfport, Biloxi, Hattiesburg, Greenville, Meridian, Tupelo, Southaven, Vicksburg, and Pascagoula.american flag.jpg

July 1, 2009

Submerged SUV Drowns Two Men In Neshoba County, Mississippi

 

Two men were killed when the driver of a Ford Explorer veered off of the road and turned upside down in a drainage ditch drowning both men and injuring a passenger. Jordan Hall and Paul Guthrie were pronounce dead at the scene after being trapped inside the vehicle. An autopsy listed the cause of death as fresh water drowning. Casey Fancher was the front seat passenger and was rescued out of the vehicle. An eye witness saw the lights of the vehicle veer off of the road and into the ditch. She heard someone screaming for help, but there was nothing she could do until help arrived. She was rescued by the authorities when they knocked out the back glass and pulled her to safety.

If you know of someone who was injured or killed in a vehicle accident, call Paul Snow 601-969-1977 for a FREE consultation to discuss your case. We charge no fee unless we collect for you. We represent clients all over Mississippi including Jackson, Gulfport, Biloxi, Hattiesburg, Greenville, Meridian, Tupelo, Southaven, Vicksburg, and Pascagoula.