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July 20, 2015

Truck Driver Crushed By Another Logging Truck In Rankin County, MS


Glen Ray Fuller, from Lincoln County, was killed when a logging truck rolled over him causing his death. Mr. Fuller worked for C & G lumber company in Brookhaven, MS. The accident happened near Pelahatchie, MS. The vehicle was pulling the logging truck out of the muddy road while Mr. Fuller was still securing his load causing him to slip underneath the tires.logging truck.jpg

The family of Mr. Fuller has a claim against the driver and/or the owner of the company for negligence in contributing to the wrongful death of Mr. Fuller. Damages may consist of loss of love and society and affection, loss of income, pain and suffering, medical and funeral bills, and all other damages allowed by law for the wrongful death of a loved one.

If you know of someone who has been hurt or killed on the job, and have some questions that you want answered, call PAUL SNOW, at 601-969-1977 FREE OF CHARGE. We do not charge any attorney fees unless we collect money for you, therefore, you don't have to spend any money out of your pocket.

July 4, 2015

Yalobusha County Crash Kills One And Injures Others


Two vehicles were traveling South on I-55 when the following vehicle rear-ended the front vehicle causing the accident resulting in one death, A.W.Jones, who died at the scene of the accident. Five other people were injured in the accident some with critical injuries.

The injured parties can make a claim against the at fault driver for causing the wreck and claim damages for loss of income, pain and suffering, medical bills and permanent injuries as a result of the crash. The family of the deceased can make a claim for the wrongful death of their loved one.

If you know of someone who has been injured or killed in an accident , call Paul Snow now to discuss your legal rights, 601-969-1977. There is no fee unless we collect for you. There is no charge to discuss your legal rights or ask any questions.american flag.jpg

May 27, 2015

Tractor Trailer Truck Rear-Ends Car Resulting In Two Deaths


An 18 wheeler truck driven by Lesia Alexander rear-ended a car driven by Elizabeth Johnson causing her death and the death of her 4 yr. old daughter, Kinsey. The deadly crash happened on I-10 in the westbound lanes of traffic near Ocean Springs, MS.18 wheeler.jpg

The Johnson family can make a claim against the owner and driver of the 18 wheeler company for negligence for causing the accident. Sometimes these drivers are forced to work more than the legal hours allowed by the federal regulations which contribute to accidents when the drivers become sleepy and fatigued. It's as dangerous as texting while driving.

If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident with an 18 wheeler and have some questions, call the Mississippi Accident Lawyer, Paul Snow, 601-969-1977, to discuss your legal rights free of charge. We only charge a fee if we collect money for you and your family. Check out our website here to view our results.

May 21, 2015

18 Wheeler Accident Results In Two Deaths In Jackson County, Mississippi


An accident involving an 18 wheeler and a car resulted in the death of the driver and passenger in the car. Ashton Johnson and her daughter Kinsey were killed in the wreck. The accident was caused by the driver of the 18 wheeler rear-ending the Nissan Altima on I-10 at 7:30 in the morning.18 wheeler stop.jpg

The family of Ms. Johnson has a case against the owner and driver of the 18 wheeler company for negligently causing the accident resulting in their deaths. The damages may include loss of love and companionship, loss of income, pain and suffering, medical and funeral expenses and all other damages allowed by Mississippi law for the wrongful death.

If you know of a loved one who has been injured or killed by an 18 wheeler, call Paul Snow now to discuss your legal rights. There is no charge to discuss your case or ask any questions, so call 601-969-1977 now.paul snow.jpg

March 23, 2015

Multiple Crash Results In Death Of FedEx Driver Near Meridian, MS


There were two crashes that ended up in the death of an FedEx driver on saturday, March 21st, 2015 near Meridian, MS. A toyota car rear-ended an 18 wheeler on I-20 in Toomsuba,MS about 4 a.m. disabling the car on the interstate. The FedEx truck hit the stalled car and crashed through the railing of a bridge and then fell 35 ' landing upside down near the railroad tracks.

The family of the the FedEx driver may have a claim against the following: 1) 18 wheeler company if that vehicle were disabled on the interstate highway without any warning reflectors or for other reasons which contributed to the first collision; 2) the driver of the car for rear-ending the 18 wheeler and contributing to the second accident; 3) the insurance company who insured the FedEx truck if there were not enough insurance on the other two vehilces; 4) workers comp. from the employer, FedEx.18 wheeler.jpg

If you know of someone who has been injured or killed in an accident, call Paul Snow to discuss your legal rights FREE of charge, 601-969-1977 or contact us online by clicking here. We do not charge you any fees unless we collect for you.paul snow.jpg

December 15, 2014

Hancock County, Mississippi 18 Wheeler Crash Kills Four


A tractor-trailer slammed into eleven cars which were stopped on I-10 near the Louisiana state line killing four people and injuring a number of others. The accident started when the trailer attached to a pick-up truck overturned causing computers to be thrown all over the interstate. An 18 wheeler crashed into the cars and all the vehicles. Four 18 wheelers and six cars were involved. Some were so damaged that you could not determine the make or model of the vehicle.18 wheeler1.jpg
Killed in the accident were: Randall Wager, Ariana Wager, from Lucedale, MS and Brandon Estes of Slidell and Ryan Deforest of Lacombe.

The families of those killed in the accident have claims for wrongful death under MS law. These claims include: loss of society and companionship, loss of earnings, pain and suffering, medical and funeral bills, etc. If you know of someone who has a family member who was killed in an accident, you can call Paul Snow 601-969-1977, a MS accident injury lawyer who handles these type of cases. Call now for a free consultation or contact us online here. We represent people who have been involved in accidents for years in Hinds, Madison, Rankin, Copiah, Warren, and Jackson counties AND also in Jackson, Biloxi, Brandon, Brookhaven, Canton, Clarksdale, Clinton, Columbus, Flowood, Greenwood, Greenville, Gulfport, Hazelhurst, Hattiesburg, Laurel, Madison, McComb,
Meridian, Natchez, Olive Branch, Oxford, Pascagoula, Pearl, Ridgeland, Southaven, Starkville, Tupelo and Vicksburg. We also represent clients from Louisiana.

November 7, 2013



Sometimes expert witnesses make the most unlikely statements: here is a quote from dr. gerald lee at a hearing in one of my cases: "people who have more money will be somewhat happier than people who have less money." i love it. everytime the defense attorney designates dr lee, i pull out this old transcript and have lots of fun with it. so i guess dr lee, that poor people cant be happy?

Email my secretary if you want a copy of the entire transcript.

September 18, 2013

Drunk Driver Kills Starkville Student


Sawyer Steede of Lucedale, MS was arrested and charge with driving under the influence of alcohol as a result of an accident that happened in McDonald's parking lot. The accident happened on Highway 12 in Starkville, MS. Starkville police department and the detective squad are investigating the tragic incident. Apparently, Kaleb Barker and Halli Reasons were riding in the bed of the pickup when the accident happened. Halli was treated and released,but Kaleb was killed as a result of the accident.75579_drunk_driving.jpg

The family of Mr. Barker can make a claim against the driver and his insurance company for driving drunk and allowing them to ride in the bed of the truck in the first place. More importantly, since the driver was only 18 years old, a claim can be made against the business that sold the alcoholic beverages to the minor. This is called liquor liability. The family can make a claim for loss of society and companionship, love and affection lost, medical and funeral bills and lost income that Kaleb would have earned during his lifetime.

If you know of someone who was killed by a minor who had been drinking and have some questions, please call Paul Snow, a board certified trial attorney, who will answer any of your questions FREE of charge. Call 601-969-1977 now. We have handled a number of alcohol related accidents over the years and know how to get results. Or, you may want to visit our website by clicking here.

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.

June 13, 2013



An explosion happened at chemical plant in Geismar, LA. this morning at the Williams Olefins facility. At least 30 people were taken to the local hospital. Some are believed to be dead from the explosion. It looked like a fireball in the air according to some witnesses. Several roads were closed off as a precautionary measure. The plant produces about 1.3 billion pounds of ethylene and 90 million pounds of polymer grade propylene.s-LOUISIANA-CHEMICAL-PLANT-EXPLOSION-large.jpg

Im sure the Chemical Safety Board will investigate this accident to determine its cause.
These chemicals are highly explosive and any ignition source from any where near can cause an explosion like this one.

If you know of someone who was injured or killed in this needless accident, call PAUL SNOW now to ask any questions that you may have, 601-969-1977 or contact us online by clicking here.

There may be more than one company who may be responsible for causing and/or contributing to this accident.

We have been handling cases like this one for over 38 years and have experience in obtaining multi-million dollar settlements.

Call now to protect your legal rights. There is no fee unless we recover for you. The consultation is FREE and confidential.

March 21, 2013



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: " 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 paul snow.jpg

March 5, 2013



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.

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August 21, 2012

Mississippi Man Killed By Drunk Driver In South Carolina


A drunk driver killed a mississippi man in south carolina around june 18th, 2012 on I-20 Westbound. Lacie Doolittle was driving a 2000 Honda which ran off the right side of the highway and struck Gary Daigle, a 59 year old man from mississippi who was working on his disabled truck. Mr. Daigle was taken to the local hospital, Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center, where he passed away soon thereafter. Criminal charges will be filed against the drunk driver for felony DUI.75579_drunk_driving.jpg

The family of Mr. Daigle can make a claim against the drunk driver;also, they may be able to make a claim against the bar or store who sold the alcohol to the drunk driver. Finally, they may be able to make a uninsured motorist claim and med pay claim.

The statute of limitations for filing a death claim may limit your claim.Please call us right away to discuss your case FREE of charge. We handle accident and death cases on a contingency fee basis which means that you only pay for our services if we obtain a recovery for you. You should consult an experienced accident injury lawyer. To schedule your FREE consultation with Paul Snow, call 601-969-1977 or contact us online.

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.

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.

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