Fiery Head-On Crash Causes Three Wrongful Deaths Near Laurel, MS

September 24, 2009
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Jamie Russell of Columbia was driving a 2002 Ford F-150 truck westbound with passengers Adrianna Batimon of Carson, and Taylor Newsome of Prentiss when a collision occurred with a 2007 Ford F-150 truck driven eastbound by Dustin White of Sumrall. The accident happened at the intersection of Miss. 588 and Sandhill Church Road about four miles outside of Ellisville. After the accident, the vehicles exploded and caught on fire.jc pic.jpg Three people were killed in the accident: Jasmine Russell, Adrianna Batimon and Dustin White. Taylor Newsome was in critical condition at the local hospital. Rescuers tried unsuccessfully to pull Mr. White from his vehicle and went to the other vehicle to help get Newsome out who was screaming for help. Those guys deserve a medal for saving Newsome's life because Newsome was rescued just before the vehicle exploded. Three of those involved attended Jones County Junior College.

WHO CAN SUE WHOM AND WHY? Any one who was hurt or killed by the at-fault driver can make a claim against the at-fault's driver's estate and/or his insurance company for causing the wreck. Since this accident involved a head-on collision, one of the driver's must have crossed over the center line or one of the driver's failed to yield the right of way to the other driver;but, one of the drivers was at fault. So, assuming that Mr. White was at fault, then the families of Jasmine Russell, Adrianna Batimon and Taylor Newsome can make a claim against Mr. White's insurance company. On the other hand, if Ms. Jasmine Russell was at fault, then the family of Mr. White, Adrianna Batimon and Taylor Newsome can make a claim agasint Ms. Russell's insurance company.

Also, if the at fault driver did not have enough insurance coverage to cover all of the damages, then claims could be made against their own insurance company for uninsured/underinsured motorists benefits in addition to medical pay benefits(which does include funeral benefits). Damages for wrongful death include loss of income, loss of love, society and affection of the family, pain and suffering, mental anguish, medical and funeral expenses, and all other damages allowed by law for the wrongful death. Personal injury damages include pain and suffering, mental anguish, lost income, medical bills past and future, reduced earning capacity, scarring and any other damages by law for receiving permanent injuries.jc pic1.jpg

Paul Snow has been representing client's families involved in serious injury and death cases for over 30 years. This is all we do. We represent clients involved in car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, 18 wheeler accidents, boat accidents,product liability accidents and drunk driving accidents. If you would like a FREE consultation to see if you have a case, call Mississippi Accident Lawyer Paul Snow at 601-969-1977 or contact us online. We represent clients all over MS including Laurel, Ellisville, Columbia, Sumrall, Carson, Prentiss, Hattiesburg, Meridian, Vicksburg, Ridgeland, Natchez, and Greenwood.