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July 31, 2013

Patrolman Killed In Motorcycle Accident

 

A MS highway patrolman was killed in an accident when he was struck by the driver of a car who turned in front of the patrolman causing the accident in Senatobia, MS. Eric Lentz was riding his Harley motorcycle when the fatal crash happened.

The family of Mr. Lentz has a cause of action for wrongful death against the driver of the at fault vehicle. Damages may include loss of love,society and companionship of the family, lost earnings, funeral expense,etc.

If you know of someone who has been injured or killed while driving a motorcycle, call Paul Snow to discuss your legal rights. We offer a FREE consultation to anyone who has questions about any kind of accident case. We do not charge any attorney fees unless we recover for you. Call the MS ACCIDENT LAWYER today at 601-969-1977 or contact us online with your question.

March 21, 2013

HOW TO COLLECT PUNITIVE DAMAGES IN AN 18 WHEELER CASE

 

If a set of facts are enough to justify a jury in a criminal case (with proof required "beyond a reasonable doubt") to convict someone for culpable manslaughter, then those same set of facts are enough to justify a jury in a civil case (with a lesser burden of proof) to consider the issue of gross negligence. Gross negligence requires less proof than culpable negligence and reckless driving. Turner. 735 So.2d 226 (Miss. 1999).
Section 97-3-47 of Miss. Code of 1972 states as follows:

"Every other killing of a human being, by the act, procurement, or culpable negligence of another, and without authority of law, not provided for in this title, shall be manslaughter."
Culpable negligence means negligence of a higher degree than gross negligence in a civil case. If a defendant is guilty of culpable negligence in a criminal case, then that defendant will also be guilty of gross negligence in the civil courts. Culpable negligence is "the conscious or reckless disregard of the probabilities of fatal consequences to others as a result of the willful creation of an unreasonable risk." Evans v. State, 562 So.2d 91 (Miss. 1990). Culpable negligence is also defined as "negligence of a degree that is so gross as to be tantamount to a wanton disregard, or utter indifference to, the safety of human life." Clayton v. State. 652 So.2d 720 (Miss. 1995).
Moore v. State. 117 So.2d469 (Miss. 1960) (defendant's conviction for culpable negligence was affirmed for going 55 miles per hour in a 30 miles per hour zone). In Moore, the victim was crossing the street. The court held that the defendant could have seen the deceased and should have seen the deceased in time to apply his brakes; that he skidded 140 feet, hit a telephone pole and lost control of his vehicle; that the physical facts and the greater weight of the evidence contradicted the defendant's testimony. The Supreme Court defined "culpable negligence" as follows: "Negligence of a higher degree than that which in civil cases is held to be gross negligence." In other words, in order to sustain the jury deciding the issue of punitive damages as a result of gross negligence in a civil case, all one needs to do is prove more than simple negligence but less than culpable negligence.
Shows v. State, 168 So. 862 (Miss. 1936) (defendant convicted of culpable negligence for sideswiping another truck who was going over the speed limit and crossed over the center line -reversed because of improper jury instruction). The defendant was driving a big truck and after the impact he concluded that no damage had been done and proceeded on to his destination in Hattiesburg where he was arrested.
Goldman v. State, 406 So.2d 816 (Miss. 1981) (conviction for culpable negligence affirmed for defendant who was going 60 miles per hour, crossed over the double yellow line in a no passing zone, and hit somebody head-on coming from the opposite direction).
Section 63-3-1201 of Miss. Code of 1972 states as follows:

"Any person who drives any vehicle in such a manner as to indicate either a willful or a wanton disregard for the safety or persons or property is guilty of reckless driving. Reckless driving shall be considered a greater offense than careless driving."

In the case of Turner v. City of Ruleville. 735 So.2d 226 (Miss. 1999), the
Mississippi Supreme Court reversed the dismissal of a complaint against the city for the actions of its police officer in allowing a drunk driver to continue driving after being stopped after the officer noticed that the defendant was driving in an erratic fashion and failed to have his headlights on. In reversing the case and allowing the jury to decide whether or not the city was liable for punitive damages, the Supreme Court held as follows citing Barnes v. State. 162 So.2d 865, 866 (Miss.
1964):The court held that for the purpose of the reckless driving statute, 'reckless means 'the commission of conscious acts or omissions which a driver knows or should know create an unreasonable risk of injury or damage...'." The Court also stated: "For conduct to be 'reckless' it must be such as to evince disregard of, or indifference to, consequences, or the circumstances involving danger to life or safety to others, although no harm was intended'." The Court defined "reckless disregard of rights of others" as follows: "...as used in automobile law, means the voluntary doing by motorists of an improper or wrongful act, or with knowledge of existing conditions, a voluntary refraining from doing a proper or prudent act when such act or failure to act evinces an entire abandonment of any care, and heedless indifference to results which may follow and the reckless taking of a chance of an accident happening without intent that any occur." Id. at 229.
The Mississippi Supreme Court held as follows, citing Dame v. Estes, 101 So.2d 644,645 (Miss. 1958), which defined gross negligence as: "Gross negligence is that course of conduct which disclosed a reckless indifference to consequences without the exertion of any substantial effort to avoid them."
The defendants argued that intent was required in order to make the city liable. The Court held: "While we agree that reckless disregard would encompass gross negligence, we hold that reckless disregard is a higher standard than gross negligence." Id. at 229-30. In refusing to require that the plaintiff prove that the defendant intended to do harm, the Supreme Court quoted Evans v. Trader. 614 So.2d 955, 958 (Miss. 1993), which held that in order to defeat an immunity defense under the common law, the plaintiff would not have to show that the officer entertained a specific intent. It would suffice to show that the officer acted with wanton and reckless disregard for the plaintiffs safety.
The Mississippi Supreme Court has held that "punitive damages are ordinarily recoverable where the negligence is so gross as to indicate reckless or wanton disregard for the safety of others." City of Jackson v. Perry,764 So 2d 373 (MS 2000) (57 mph in 35 mph zone knocking vehicle 75 feet; punitive damages affirmed), Also see Maye v. Pearl River County. 758 So.2d 391, 395 (MS 1999) (backing sheriffs car out of parking space up an incline; punitive damages affirmed).

Punitive damages may be recovered, not only for willful and intentional wrong, but for such gross and reckless negligence as is equivalent to such wrong, since an act done in the spirit of wantonness and recklessness is often times just as harmful as if prompted by malice. Bush v. Watkins. 80 So.2d 19 (Miss. 1955). The definition of gross negligence is found in Teche Lines. Inc. v. Pope, 166 So. 539 (Miss. 1936), which held that there is no precise definition of gross negligence, but it might be defined as that course of conduct which, under the particular circumstances, disclosed a reckless indifference to consequences without the exertion of any substantial effort to avoid them. Also see Reid v. Halpin, 178 So. 88 (Miss. 1938); Planters Wholesale Grocery v. Kincaid. 50 So.2d 578 (Miss. 195n: Belk v. Rosemond. 57 So.2d461 (Miss. 1952); and Dame v. Estes, 101 So.2d644 (Miss. 1958).
Under the doctrine of respondeat superior, the master is liable for the acts of his servants which are done in the course of their employment and in the furtherance of the master's business; punitive damages may be awarded against a master for the negligent acts of his servant. Sandifer Oil Co. v. Dew, 71 So.2d 752 (Miss. 1954). Employer held liable for willful and wanton acts resulting in injury to boy whom driver of truck had invited to ride thereon. Trico Coffee Co. v. Clemens. 151 So. 175 (Miss. 1933).
The most important case on the issue is U.S. Industries. Inc. v. McClure Furniture Co.. 371 So.2d 391 (Miss. 1979). In U.S. Industries, the Mississippi Supreme Court held as follows: "We have to keep in mind that the basic theory is whether or not there was sufficient evidence for the jury to award punitive damages even though the evidence might be conflicting. It is not the court's prerogative to make the award. It is only for the court to decide whether or not the party requesting a punitive damage instruction has presented sufficient evidence for the jury's consideration. Yazoo & Mississippi Valley R.R. Co. v. Hardie. 55 So.42 (Miss. 1911); Snowden v. Osborne. 269 So.2d 858 (Miss. 1972)." Id. at 393.
In affirming the award of punitive damages, the Mississippi Supreme Court held as follows:"The evidence was uncontradicted that Mississippi Highway 550 is a well-traveled road, that the tractor-trailer completely blocked both lanes of traffic and that this occurred prior to sunrise which was at 6:50 on the morning of the accident, and that visibility was at best limited. Prudence would have required Jones to have moved his rig on to the shoulder of the road either to await full daylight or to place the necessary flares, or to have continued in his own lane until he found an appropriate intersection for completing the maneuver. Instead, Jones risked the possibility of collision against the possibility of completing the dangerous turn within the few moments when the road appeared to be clear of traffic. He exercised bad judgment under the circumstances." (emphasis added)Id. at 393-94.
The U.S. Industries court also cited the Fifth Circuit Mississippi case of Anderson v. Eagle Motor Lines, Inc., 423 F.2d 81 (5th Cir. 1970) for allowing the punitive damage instruction to go to the jury. The Fifth Circuit affirmed the award of punitive damages and held that the blocking of the highway was gross negligence entitling the plaintiff to a punitive damage instruction.
Also see Commodore Corp. v. Bailey. 393 So.2d 467 (Miss. 1981), whereby the Mississippi Supreme Court in affirming the punitive damage instruction held as follows:
"If the evidence presented by the party requesting a punitive damage instruction is such that the jury could find that the wrongful acts complained of resulted from such gross disregard of the rights of the complaining party as amounts to wilfulness on the part of the wrongdoer, or that the opposite party was guilty of such negligence as to amount to a reckless disregard of the complaining party's rights, then the court is fully authorized to submit the issue of punitive damages for the jury's deliberation. Fowler Butane Gas Co. v. Varner, 141 So.2d 226 (Miss. 1962)."Id. at 471.

See Paracelsus Healthcare Corp. v. Willard, 754 So.2d 437 (Miss. 1999), whereby the Supreme Court previously remanded two cases for consideration of punitive damages and then affirmed the jury awards of 1.5 million dollars to each plaintiff for punitive damages and held that the evidence supported the finding that the jury could find the actions to be in gross disregard for the rights of the plaintiffs.
Punitive damages are defined as damages given in enhancement of ordinary damages on account of the wanton, reckless, malicious, or oppressive character of the acts complained of. Interstate Oil Pipeline Co. v. Valentine. 110 So.2d 369 (Miss. 1959).
In Sandifer Oil Co. v. Dew. 71 So.2d 752,758 (Miss. 1954), the Mississippi Supreme Court affirmed the lower court decision allowing the jury to consider punitive damages for a truck driver who left his truck pumping gasoline into a storage tank and went across the street to a restaurant and drank a cup of coffee. When someone alerted the truck driver that the gas was overflowing, the truck driver turned off the switch and stopped the motor and the pump. A few minutes later there was an explosion. In affirming the punitive damages award, the Supreme Court held that: "It was difficult to conceive of a case of more reckless and wanton disregard of the consequences of his act. His negligence was gross, it was reckless, and it was wanton to such extent as to be tantamount to wilfulness...those who handle such dangerous agencies should be made to know the standard of care which is required of them. It is regrettable that such a tragic occurrence is necessary to again bring such knowledge to those engaged in such business." Id. at 758-759. "It is interesting to note and we concur in opinion that the ($90,000) ninety thousand dollar verdict in 1954 was the highest verdict in the country for the death of a child at that time."
Dame v. Estes. 101 So.2d 644 (Miss. 1958) (question of whether plaintiff was entitled to recover punitive damages should have been submitted to the jury when the defendant failed to stop at a stop sign.) In Dame, the Supreme Court reversed the lower court's decision in refusing to allow the jury to consider punitive damages and held that the facts justified a punitive damages instruction and reversed for a new trial on damages only. The facts of the case were that the witnesses estimated the speed of the defendant to be 50 miles per hour. The defendant said she was going 30-35 miles per hour. The speed limit was 30 miles per hour. The Mississippi Supreme Court held that the defendant either ignored or failed to see the stop sign which was staring her in the face and made no effort to stop at the intersection or to even check the speed of the vehicle she was behind. It was in broad open daylight, there was nothing to obstruct her vision and she wholly failed to see the plaintiff s pickup truck until it was directly in front of her. We think under this case that the question of whether plaintiff was entitled to recover punitive damages should have been submitted to the jury. The Court cited Hadad v. Lockeby. 169 So. 691 (Miss. 1936) for the definition of punitive damages as follows: "Punitive damages may be recovered not only for a willful and intentional wrong, but for such gross and reckless neglect as is equivalent to such a wrong, since an act done in the spirit of wantonness and recklessness is oftentimes just as harmful as if prompted by malice." The Court also cited Teche Lines. Inc. v. Pope. 166 So. 539 (Miss. 1936), for the definition of gross negligence: "Gross negligence is that course of conduct which, under the particular circumstances, discloses a reckless indifference to consequences without the exertion of any substantial effort to avoid them." The Court then cited Wilson v. State. 161 So. 744 (Miss. 1930), wherein the Supreme Court affirmed a manslaughter conviction, for culpable negligence, upon facts in which the negligence is no more culpable than in the case now before us. Id at 645.
Also see, Teche Lines. Inc. v. Pope. 166 So. 539 (Miss. 1936) (bus driver who failed to attempt to stop his bus until 10 feet from railroad crossing, held grossly negligent).The facts in this case are that the bus driver was driving his bus which was 30 feet long, weighed 10 tons, and had a 39 passenger seating capacity; the bus driver was traveling 25 miles per hour and approached the railroad crossing. The bus driver failed to stop until he was about 10 feet from the crossing, resulting in a disastrous collision and serious and permanent injuries to plaintiff who was a passenger on the bus.
Hadad v. Lockeby, 169 So. 691 (Miss. 1936) (award of punitive damages is affirmed for defendant driving 35-40 miles per hour in a 20 miles per hour speed zone without sounding his horn or giving any warning of his approach; he saw some pedestrians and struck them anyway). The defendant had three eyewitnesses who testified that the defendant sounded his horn and slowed his speed. The Mississippi Supreme Court held that the defendant was driving his car at an excessive rate of speed, that he saw the plaintiff crossing the road and failed to slow his speed or sound his horn or give any warning until the accident. These facts if true constitute gross negligence on the part of the defendant. It is interesting to note the words of wisdom offered by the Hadad Supreme Court: "These machines upon the highways are extremely dangerous to others using the highways. The lives and limbs of persons should be safeguarded, and something should be done to reduce accidents to a minimum." Id. at 694.
Southland Broadcasting Co. v. Tracy, 50 So.2d 572 (Miss. 1951) (jury authorized in finding that driver's negligence was so wanton and reckless as to justify the infliction of punitive damages for speeding, failing to negotiate a turn, leaving the highway, and traveling approximately 720 feet after leaving the highway.)
Collins v. Black. 380 So.2d 241 (Miss. 1980) (Supreme Court reinstated jury verdict for punitive damages against defendant who was driving at an unreasonable rate of speed, on the wrong side of the road, and failed to stop after the collision.) The conduct of a driver of a vehicle in failing to stop after the accident when taken in connection with all the circumstances may authorize a finding of a lack of care, conscious indifference to the consequences, and aggravating circumstances authorizing the recovery of punitive damages.
So if you have a question about your 18 wheeler or other accident case which may justify punitive damages, give me a call or email me. 601-969-1977 paulsnowiii@msn.com paul snow.jpg


March 5, 2013

JURY INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE PLAINTIFF'S LAWYER

 

I have just updated my home page to include jury instructions for all aspects of a plaintiff's trial practice. If you have any interest in using any of these instructions, fell free to download and/or copy. They are located under "referring attorney resources". If it doesn't open,you may need to try a different browser.

Call me if you have any questions about your particular case.paul snow.jpg

May 31, 2012

Six Vehicle Wreck In Booneville, Mississippi

 

An accident claimed the lives of two people when a Dodge Intrepid driven by William McKinney failed to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic on Hwy. 30 bypass. McKinney pulled out from County Road 5031 and caused a collision with a GMC Sierra driven by Justin Moore of Booneville, MS. After impact, both vehicles went across the centerline into the wrong lane of traffic and then four motorcycles collided with the two other vehicles. Mr McKinney and Mr. Harmon Laster died as a result of the crash from blunt force trauma. Wanda Laster and Bobby Rooker were airlifted to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo in critical condition.Robert Parker and Teresa Parker both of Memphis, TN were taken to Tupelo by ambulance in severe condition. Justin Moore was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.

WHO CAN MAKE A CLAIM AGAINST WHOM AND WHY?
Anyone hurt or killed in this accident may make a claim against Mr. McKinney's insurance company as it appears that he was the one that caused the wreck with all vehicles. IF there is limited insurance coverage, then each person could make a claim against their own insurance company for underinsured motorist coverage and med pay coverage. For example, if one of the motorcycle drivers who was hurt in the wreck did not collect any money from Mr. McKinney's insurance company because it was paid out to others in the accident ( first come, first served), then that person could make a claim against their own insurance company even though they didn't have any insurance on their motorcycle;but, they would have to have some type of auto insurance in order to make a claim.

Sometimes, these multiple accidents get complicated. That is why if you have any questions about your case, you should talk with Paul Snow, an experienced trial attorney, as soon as possible. We represent clients all over Mississippi including: Booneville, Tupelo, Jackson, Gulfport, Biloxi Hattiesburg, Greenville, Greenwood, Meridian, Southaven, Vicksburg, and Pascagoula. This is especially true if the adjuster tells you that you can not make a claim or they are not going to pay you for you claim. Call now for your FREE confidential consultation at 601-969-1977 or contact us online.

May 29, 2012

Good Samaritan Killed In Accident In Jackson, Mississippi

 

30 year old twins stopped their jogging routine in order to help someone move their Dodge Avenger out of Highway 80 in Jackson, MS, when they were struck from behind by an employee of Shelter insurance company driving a Ford Escape SUV. The accident killed Kyeuna Vance and severely injured Shyeuna Vance who remains in critical condition at University Medical Center. Shyeuna's right leg had to be amputated and she sustained other severe injuries;she served in the military. Kyeuna Vance was a registered nurse and worked at Mississippi HomeCare of Jackson.

WHO CAN MAKE A CLAIM AGAINST WHOM AND WHY?
The family of Ms. Vance who was killed in this accident can make a claim against the insurance company as a result of their driver's negligence. According to an eye witness, the driver was not paying attention for whatever reason. Also, the other twin sister who survived,but was severely injured can make the same claim; also, the driver of the stalled vehicle can make the same claim. If gross negligence were involved, then a claim for punitive damages may be made. Since this was a company vehicle involved in this accident, there probably is an excess insurance policy which would cover damages over and above the primary insurance policy.

The damages for wrongful death consist of: loss of society and companionship for the family who has lost a loved one, loss of the income that the deceased could have earned had they not been killed in the accident, medical and funeral expenses, and pain and suffering. The damages for the injury cases are: past and future pain and suffering;past and future medical bills, past and future lost income, reduced earning capacity, and permanent injuries.


My law firm handled a case similar to this one in the past when two teenage boys were helping push a car to a nearby gas station around midnight when they were crushed in between the vehicles. We settled the cases for about $3,000,000 to $3,500,000. Each case is different and past settlements can not guarantee future results.

A Mississippi Accident/Injury lawyer should be consulted to discuss your legal rights when an accident of this magnitude happens. Any lawyer, regardless of skill or experience, can advertise for injury and death cases. Your lawyer's actual courtroom and trial experience are extremely important. You are invited to compare our experience, background and results. Click here to view our information.

Don't hire an accident lawyer until you know the "8 Costly Mistakes To Avoid When Selecting An Accident Lawyer".

You need someone to investigate your case for you right now for your side. Witnesses move away or cannot be found or the evidence is destroyed. A lot of cases are lost because the client waited too long to talk with an attorney.

CALL NOW. We will speak with you over the telephone. Insurance companies hope you won't call us. We hope you will. Call now for your FREE private consultation to discuss your legal rights, Paul Snow, 601-969-1977 or contact us online.paul snow.jpg

May 23, 2012

$1,500,000 Judgment Awarded In Drunk Driving Case In Columbia, Marion County, MS

 

A verdict of $1,500,000 was awarded against a drunk driver, Richard N. Kennedy, who drove on the wrong side of the road and hit the Plaintiff's vehicle head on causing the death of a 2 year old boy, Caynen Woodward, and injuring his sister,Haley Woodward, and father, Brandon Woodward.

The accident happened on New Year's Eve night about midnight on 2009, on Highway 98 near Foxworth, MS. The defendant plead guilty to negligent manslaughter in causing the death of Caynen while driving drunk.

My law firm with mike ratcliff and bill jones are handling this case. The drunk driver's insurance company failed to pay their policy limits after being requested to pay the same within a reasonable time by our law firm. When the case didn't settle, suit was filed and now the insurance company has a large excess exposure. If adjusters would just do what is right and act fairly, then their insurance company wouldn't be in the position that they are in at the present time.

A lawsuit will be filed against the insurance company to collect the excess judgment,plus attorney fees and court costs and interest.

I will keep you informed as to future developments. Stay tuned!

Paul Snow

May 21, 2012

Minor Killed In Accident From Alcohol Bought At Gulfport Music Festival

 

A minor was killed after some of the alcohol vendors allegedly sold alcohol to underage drinkers at the Gulfport Music Festival last weekend. No one checked for proof of age in order to buy beer and beer was sold to the minors who attended the concert. Driving and minors don't mix.

The family of the minor who was killed in the accident can make a claim against the alcohol vendors who sold alcohol to the minors which contributed to the car accident.Also, the promoter of the concert may be sued if you can prove he was in control or aware of the alcohol being sold to the minors.

My law firm handled a case similar to this one when some minors went to a Hank Williams Jr. concert in Memphis TN and alcohol was sold to the minors which contributed to a car wreck killing a young woman on her 18th birthday. We sued the alcohol providers, the concert promoter, the driver, the lawyer who let the statute of limitations run in TN, and other defendants involved in the concert. We were able to get a substantial settlement that was acceptable to the family of the woman killed in the accident.75579_drunk_driving.jpg

If you know of someone who was injured or killed as a result of someone selling alcohol to a minor which contributed to an accident and want to discuss your case FREE of charge, call Paul Snow at 601-969-1977 or contact us online.

We represent clients all over Mississippi including Gulfport, Biloxi, Pascagoula, Jackson, Southaven, Hattiesburg, Vicksburg and Meridian. Call now before it is too late.

May 10, 2012

Mississippi State Student Killed In Accident Near Starkville, MS

 

A MSU student was killed in a one vehicle accident on May 9th, 2012, at the intersection of Oktoc and Skinner Roads. The Oktibbeha county sheriff's office investigated the accident and found a 1999 Ford Explorer overturned in the woods.Six passengers were injured in the accident, three are in critical condition and were transferred to CCU in Jackson and Tupelo. Treasure K Huffman, a sophomore from Starkville, was killed in the accident. According to the investigation, it appears that alcohol was involved but Ms. Huffman was not under the influence of alcohol.75579_drunk_driving.jpg

WHO CAN MAKE A CLAIM AGAINST WHOM AND WHY?

Of course, the family of Ms. Huffman can make a claim against the driver of the vehicle and the business who sold the alcohol to any minors;also, anyone who was injured can make the same claim. If a business sells alcohol to a minor and then a wreck happens, then that business may be sued for contributing to the car accident.

There may be limited insurance available, therefore it is important for anyone who wants to make a claim, to contact a Mississippi Accident Attorney as soon as possible. Sometimes the insurance companies pay out on a first come, first served basis. Once the limits are exhausted, then there is no more money to pay out.

Claims can also be made for underinsured and medical pay benefits.

If you would like to discuss your case FREE of charge, call Paul Snow at 601-969-1977 or contact us online. We do not charge a fee unless we recover money for you. Don't wait until it is too late, call now.paul snow.jpg

April 23, 2012

Coahoma County Circuit Judge Charles Webster Rules That Mississippi Tort Reform Limits On Jury Verdicts Are Unconstitutional

 

Circuit Judge Charles Webster has ruled that the limits on jury verdicts are unconstitutional because the legislature has no authority to interfere with the judicial branch of the government as found in our MS Constitution. american flag.jpg

A copy of the opinion can be viewed by clicking on the link here.

God bless Judge Webster and God bless our great state of Mississippi and its fine citizens!paul snow.jpg

March 27, 2012

Tractor-Trailer Truck Crosses Center- Line And Causes Head-On Accident In Union County, MS

 

An 18 wheeler tractor-trailer truck crossed over the center line and hit a pickup truck head-on injuring both the driver, Charles Beard of Myrtle, MS and his passenger who was airlifted to a hospital in Memphis, TN. The accident happened on hwy. 15 in Union County, MS.

The MHP said the truck driver was going too fast and couldn't stop in time,so he chose to go into the other lane causing the wreck.

The two people who were injured in the accident can make a claim against the 18 wheelers insurance company for the injuries that they received in the accident which include: past and future pain and suffering, past and future medical bills, past and future lost income, permanent injuries, and possibly punitive damages. A Mississippi accident/injury attorney should be consulted.paul snow.jpg

Our law office represents clients all over Mississippi including Union County, Hinds, Madison, Rankin, Warren, Marion, and the cities of Jackson, Gulfport, Biloxi, Hattiesburg, Tupelo, Ingomar,Myrtle and Southaven, MS. We handle injury and accident cases on a contingent fee basis which means that you only pay for our services if we collect money for you. Please call Paul Snow now to discuss your case FREE of charge at 601-969-1977 or contact us online.

November 14, 2011

Simpson County Student Killed By Hit-ANd-Run Driver

 

Just recently, a young man was killed by a hit and run driver when the boy was walking to get into his school bus. The driver left the scene of the accident after running over the boy, to add insult to injury. The negligent driver turned himself in and is presently being charged with numerous criminal charges.2030_02_1---Yellow-School-Bus_web.jpg

WHO CAN MAKE A CLAIM AGAINST WHOM AND WHY? First, the insurance company for the driver who caused the accident will probably have to pay their policy limits to the family of the young man who was killed in the accident. These are called wrongful death damages. BUT, the family may also make a claim against their own insurance company for Underinsured motorist benefits. There are certain criteria to follow but a claim can be made against the families insurance policy or policies for these benefits. Also, a claim may be able to be made against the bus' insurance policy for the same type of benefits, since the boy would be considered a passenger of the school bus at the time of the accident. A Mississippi Accident Attorney can figure out all of the ins and outs of the insurance coverage and explain what is recoverable and why.school bus accident.jpg

Our law firm represents families who have lost loved ones in accidents all over MS including covington county, simpson county, hinds, rankin, madison, warren, and all counties in MS.

If you have any questions about your accident case, call Paul Snow at 601-969-1977 or toll free 1-800-640-4478 for a free consultation about your case or contact us online.

February 24, 2011

Possible Drunk Driver Paralyzes Mother Of Three Children Near Memphis, TN.

 

On November 14th, 2010, Ms. Kim Armstrong's life was changed forever because of a drunk driver who rear-ended her vehicle causing her to be paralyzed from the chest down. Ms. Armstrong is the mother of three children;the other driver has a history of driving while drunk. The accident happened in Marshall County, MS as she was slowing down for a stop sign. The at fault driver came over a hill going about 100 mph and rear-ended Ms. Armstrong with such force that the accident severed her spinal cord. Her doctors said that she will never be able to walk again.2-24-11.jpg

Who can make a claim against whom and why? Ms. Armstrong can make a claim against her own insurance company for uninsured motorist benefits since the other driver did not have any insurance;also, she may be able to make a claim against the bar, package liquor store, or grocery where the drunk driver bought his alcohol. This is called liquor liability or "dram shop" liability. The seller of alcohol may be liable if they sold alcohol to a visibly intoxicated customer. So, if Mr. Woods, bought alcohol from an establishment while he was visibly intoxicated, then that establishment may be liable for contributing to the car accident. Of course, it would have to be an establishment that had insurance in order for Ms. Armstrong to try to collect a settlement from them.

The damages for Ms. Armstrong will be substantial. The cost of future medical treatment could exceed $10,000,000 easily. An MS accident injury lawyer who specializes in these types of cases should be consulted to see whether or not there is a case that can be pursued.

We offer a FREE consultation to anyone who has any questions about a case like this one. Call Paul Snow at 1-800-640-4478 or 601-969-1977. We do not charge any attorney fees up front, but only if we recover for you.

February 7, 2011

Mississippi Injury Lawyer Paul Snow Tells "How To Get Your Car Fixed"

 

How to Get Your Car Fixed

If you were injured in an accident and want us to represent you, we'll take care of getting your car repaired for you, as well as your injury claim.

Question: Can I get a rental car while my car is being repaired?

Answer: Yes. Some companies specialize in providing cars to people whose cars are in the shop. Look for them in the Yellow Pages or feel free to ask us.

Question:
Where do I have to take my car to get it repaired?

Answer:
You decide which body shop you want to repair your car. Naturally, the insurance company may prefer that you go to the shop that gives you the lowest bid. But you have the opportunity to choose any repair shop you wish.

Question: How many estimates do I have to get?

Answer: You do not have to get more than one estimate. You might want to get more than one estimate if you are not sure where you want to have your car repaired. But the law - does not require that you get more than one. If you aren't sure where to take your car, we'll be happy to recommend repair shops that have good reputations.

Question: How much money will I get for my car?

Answer: You will get the amount of money needed to repair your car to the condition it was in immediately before the accident. If the amount of money needed for repairs is greater than the value of your car, the insurance company may declare your car a total loss. Then, rather than fixing your car, the insurance company may pay you what your car was worth based on industry price guidelines, like those found in the NADA Book.

If you have any questions, call Paul Snow at 601-969-1977.

January 27, 2011

Jackson, Mississippi Accident Injury Lawyer Discusses "Do You Need To Hire A Lawyer?"

 

Do I need to hire a Lawyer?

You probably never thought about hiring a Mississippi accident lawyer until an accident or injury completely interrupted your normal life. If you are now experiencing stress and anxiety because you are uncertain about your future, we can help you. We listen to your concerns and quickly identify how the legal system can solve your problems. We then start working on your case immediately.

Discover The Key To Winning Your Case

Many people do not understand the importance of choosing the right lawyer for their case. Simply put, the Mississippi accident lawyer that you choose to represent you can be the difference between you receiving a fair settlement or no settlement at all.

The key to winning your case is really no secret. It is common knowledge that the person with the best attorney most often gets the best result. Just ask athletes, celebrities and the wealthy who always have a top lawyer at their side. The key for you is finding the best attorney for your case.

Avoid The Biggest Mistake By Asking These Questions

Choosing the wrong lawyer is a huge mistake and can be devastating to your case. Many people simply hire the first lawyer they see on television or the lawyer with the biggest phone book advertisement without knowing anything about the ability of the lawyer. Will you make this crucial mistake simply because you do not know the right questions to ask before you choose your attorney?

With such an important decision, you must be equipped with the knowledge and information necessary to make the smartest choice. This means knowing the specific Questions You Must Ask before hiring a lawyer for your case. You should only hire an attorney after getting honest and direct answers to these questions.

Our Vast Experience Gives You the Advantage

We are the smart choice for your case. Our law firm has represented injury victims and their families since 1974. We have successfully obtained jury verdicts in the courtroom and have obtained millions of dollars in settlements for our clients.

When you become our client, your case will be handled with complete integrity and dignity.

It is essential that you choose a lawyer that has handled Mississippi accident cases just like yours and understands exactly what is needed to win your case, especially when the stakes are so high. We have. We utilize the latest technology, the best legal research tools, and work with world renowned experts on our cases. As a result, we have achieved extraordinary results for our clients. Let us do the same for you. Our record of successful settlements and verdicts is well-documented.

Warning: Secret Deadlines Can Destroy Your Case

The legal system can be very confusing and unforgiving. There are strict time limitations for filing your lawsuit and making your claims. If you miss these deadlines, your claims may be lost forever. A delay in hiring a lawyer will affect the outcome of your case. We will start working on your case immediately.

Our Guarantees To You:

When you choose our lawyers to represent you, we GUARANTEE the following:


An experienced trial lawyer is assigned to your case
A complete analysis of your case
Honest and direct answers to all of your questions
Immediate investigation of your case
Immediate preparation and filing of your insurance forms
Immediate action getting your medical bills and lost wages paid
Phone calls returned within one business day

Read why these are important to you

We Answer Your Questions

At the Law Offices of Paul Snow, we give you honest and direct answers to your questions.


What does it cost to speak with Paul Snow?
How can I afford to have the Law Offices of Paul Snow to represent me?
How soon after my accident do I need to hire a lawyer?
Do I really need to hire a lawyer to settle my case?
What type of settlement should I expect?
Will I have to go through a trial in a courtroom?
Who will pay my medical bills?
How can I get paid my lost wages?
How long does it take from start to finish on a case?

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LAW OFFICES OF PAUL SNOW, Mississippi Accident Lawyer

1-800-640-4478 or 601-969-1977

July 6, 2010

Jackson, Mississippi Truck Accident Lawyer Talks About Truck Wrecks

 

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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
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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. Ask for your FREE copy of my "8 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
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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 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. Call 1-800-640-4478 now.truck blocking I-20.jpg