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May 3, 2009

Drunk Driver Sentenced To 25 Years For Killing One Motorist In Jackson, MS

 
The conviction of Jaison Harness was affirmed by the MS Court of Appeals recently. Harness was sentenced to 25 years for causing the death of Clyde Hampton while driving drunk in a two vehicle accident in Jackson, MS. The blood alcohol content was .11% four hours after the crash which means that the driver was .19% at the time of the accident. One looses .02% for each hour that the test is not given.

Alcohol is a factor in about 50% of the accidents in MS. That's a lot; Make sure that you are aware of other vehicles around you to try to steer clear of an accident if the unexpected occurs. If the other driver has been drinking, no telling what actions they make take; sometimes they pass-out behind the steering wheel.
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The laws need to be tougher against the bars and other alcohol providers to make sure that they don't sell or give alcohol to a visibly intoxicated customer and never serve a minor. The bartender is in a better position to know when a customer has had too much to drink, not the customer because the customer's judgment has been impaired by the alcohol.

If you know of someone who has been injured or killed by a drunk driver, or anyother kind of accident where alcolol was involved, call Paul Snow to discuss your legal rights, 601-969-1977 or 800-640-4478 or contact us online.

May 2, 2009

Girl Killed In Wreck In Southaven, MS By Hit-and-Run Driver

 
A six year old girl was killed in a fatal car crash in Southaven, Mississippi when John Henry Brown while speeding hit an 18 wheeler and then the 18 wheeler hit a 2002 Ford Taurus driven by the child's mother, Patricia Sledge. The at-fault driver was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and depraved heart murder which means a disregard for human life which results in a death.

The Mississippi Crime Lab performed an autopsy shortly after the accident. It was concluded that the girl died from personal injuries in the crash and not from being ejected from the vehicle. All the children in the car had their seat belt on.

Who can sue whom and why?  Anyone injured by the at-fault driver may sue his insurance company for damages that he caused including the family members of the six year old girl who have a claim for wrongful death. Also, the actions of the 18 wheeler driver must be looked into to see if he could have avoided the accident with the Taurus. Vehicles pull out in front of 18 wheeler drivers all the time; sometimes vehicles come in contact with the 18 wheeler. But the question is, did the 18 wheeler driver act reasonably under the circumstances?  It's not feasible for a car to physically knock a heavy 18 wheeler into another car. So, did the truck driver swerve over onto the Taurus when he didn't really have to? What if he never swerved over at all? Then we know that the six year girl would still be alive today. The only injury would be to the speeding motorist who left the scene of the accident. You read and hear about an 18 wheeler truck driver saying that he swerved over and saved some lives, or that he went into the median in order to avoid hitting a car. More facts need to be determined to see if this driver did everything that he could have done before he made the decision to totally demolish the Ford Taurus full of young children.

If the truck driver did not have to pull over into the Ford Taurus, then his insurance company may be liable for damages to those injured and killed by his actions. In other words, both of these drivers can be at fault for causing this little girl's death.

Our prayers go out to the family of the little girl.

If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in an accident, you should consult with an experienced Mississippi Accident Lawyer. Paul Snow handles all types of accident cases, one case at a time. We handle cases involving car, truck, motorcycle accidents and injuries from defective products. If you have any questions, call us at 601-969-1977 or contact us online now.

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May 1, 2009

15 Year Old Hit Leaving School Bus Near Ocean Springs, MS

 
A 15 year old student and another child were hit while exiting a stopped school bus with its stop arm extended. The driver went around a number of stopped cars who were waiting for the children to get off of the bus, then hit two of them when they tried to cross the street.
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Mitchell Cearley is due for follow-up surgery and a fund-raiser has set up to help pay for the medical bills. Also, a new campaign has been started to try to get motorist to stop for school buses. It's called "STOP means STOP".
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We wish the best for the victim and his family and hope a lot of money is raised to help them out.

If you know of someone who was involved in an accident and have some questions, call Mississippi Accident Lawyer Paul Snow 601-969-1977 or contact us online. We help people who have been involved in any type of accident.

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April 30, 2009

18 Wheeler Jackknifed On I-20 In Jackson, MS

 
truck blocking I-20.jpgtruck blocking I-20.jpgAn 18 wheeler jackknifed on interstate 20 in Jackson, MS during rush hour traffic completely blocking both lanes. Traffic was backed-up for miles.  Diesel fuel was spilled all over the highway which had to be cleaned up before the interstate was reopened. Traffic was re-routed through highway 80.truck blocking I-20.jpg


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April 29, 2009

Britney Spears Worried About Casey Aldridge's Car Crash

 
Casey Aldridge and two of his four passengers were not wearing any seat belts and were thrown out of the vehicle when he wrecked his Ford pickup truck after a fishing trip. The paramedics said that he suffered brain trauma, a fractured skull and was unconscious at times. He sustained a blood clot near his brain which needed to be operated on soon. Jamie Lynn, the sister of Britney Spears, gave birth to Casey's daughter Maddie about 10 months ago.
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Aldridge was charged with careless driving on his way home in Mississippi. Louisiana State Police said that alcohol was not involved.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, you should consult with an experienced Accident Attorney. Paul Snow, P. A. has over 30 years experience in handling accident cases involving serious injury and death for car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, drunk driving accidents and defective products. If you have any questions, call us at 601-969-1977 or contact us online.

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April 28, 2009

$2.1 Million Verdict Affirmed Against Goodyear Tire And Rubber Co. In Jackson, MS

 
The Mississippi Court of Appeals has upheld a jury verdict against Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. and others when a vehicle left the road and flipped over hitting a tree. Travis Kirby was killed and Riley Strickland and Sidney Odom were injured. The lawsuit alleged that the back right tire was faulty and caused the accident. It was rated for 50,000 miles, but failed at 10,000 miles. Also, the tires were sold as high-performance tires when in fact they were regular passenger car tires. The companies claimed that the accident was caused by speeding, drinking and/or something in the roadway. Of course, the jury did not buy any of that nonsense.

If you would like to discuss this case or any other accident case, call Paul Snow 601-969-1977 or contact us online.

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April 27, 2009

Attorney General Jim Hood Says Law Enforcement Is Cracking Down On Drunk Drivers In Mississippi

 
The Mississippi chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving held its 15th annual vigil recently in Pearl, MS. Those in attendance lit candles and paused to remember those who were killed in drunk driving accidents. Bill Downs lost his son, his wife and a friend in a crash on October 6th, 2007, caused by a drunk driver. MADD said it's important to educate the public on the consequences of driving while under the influence. It's never safe to drink and drive. If you are around someone who is obviously drunk, tell the bartender to stop serving that person or make sure they have a ride home.
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Last year, 24,000 DUI arrests were made which is about a 20% increase from the year 2007. According the Attorney General Jim Hood, law enforcement agencies are the ones cracking down on drunk drivers.

If you know of someone who was injured or killed by a drunk driver, you should consult with a Mississippi Accident Lawyer who handles these types of cases. They can be complicated. For example, the recent case involving the young doctors who were killed by Mrs. Irby comes to mind. The blood alcohol test results were finally published in the newspaper showing that she was .09 BAC at the time the test was given. What you were not told is the time that the test was administered. One looses .02 BAC every hour that one is not consuming alcohol. So lets say that the test were performed at least 4 hours after the accident, then the driver would have lost .08 BAC in four hours time;if you add what was lost by waiting four hours to the results of the test, then in that event, the BAC at the time of the accident would have been .17 (.09 plus .08= .17). All this is an assumption based on waiting four hours before the test was given;it may have been more or less time, we just don't know that information. Maybe the public needs to know exactly when the test was given!
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Call Paul Snow 601-969-1977 if you have any questions about these type of alcohol cases or contact us online.

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April 26, 2009

Deadly Crash Near Hazlehurst, MS

 
One man is dead and two others seriously injured in a one vehicle accident near Hazlehurst,MS. Patrick Morton of Duson, La. was driving his 1996 Ford pickup truck when he lost control of his vehicle when he reached over and tried to wake up one of his passengers. He veered off of the road and the truck flipped over shortly before 7:00 a.m. Derrick Jones of Jennings, La. and Morton were taken to University Medical Center in Jackson, MS where they were listed in critical condition.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in any type of accident, you should consult with an experienced accident lawyer. Paul Snow, P.A. has over 30 years experience in handling all types of accident cases. If you have any questions, call us at 601-969-1977 or contact us online.

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April 25, 2009

18 Wheeler Turns Over Spilling Toxic Chemicals In Jackson County, MS

 
An 18 wheeler tractor-trailer truck overturned in the median on I-10 near Hwy. 57. The accident was caused when a tire from another truck fell into the highway and hit the 18 wheeler. The trailer came open and flammable chemical's were spilled onto the interstate highway.
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The MDEQ was called to the scene of the accident. They said that the chemicals were dangerous and were explosive. They had to unload each drum and put the contents inside another drum, then right the truck, then clean up whatever was spilled on the ground.

In Mississippi, these 18 wheeler trucks must carry special insurance if they are going to haul hazardous materials through our state. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations require that special precautions be taken when transporting any hazardous materials. Luckily, no one was injured in the accident.

If you know of someone who has been injured or killed in an accident, you should consult an experienced Mississippi Accident Lawyer. Paul Snow handles all types of accident cases including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle crashes, drunk driving accidents and cases involving defective products. If you have any questions, call us at 601-969-1977 or contact us online.

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April 24, 2009

School Bus Driver Injured In Hattiesburg, MS Accident

 
A school bus driver was injured when she rear-ended a log truck at Bouie River bridge. The bus driver was seriously injured and taken to Forrest General Hospital by ambulance. There were no children on the bus.logging truck.jpg

The law offices of Paul Snow is a Mississippi lawfirm which handles all types of accident cases including car, truck, motorcycle, and defective products. If you have any questions, call now 601-969-1977 or contact us online.
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April 23, 2009

Picayune, MS Woman Dies In Truck Crash

 
A 25 year old Picayune, MS woman was killed in an accident when her vehicle collided with a 2006 dump truck. The accident happened on a newly opened road and was being investigated by the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Hancock County Sheriff's office, and a NASA officer. Assuming that the dump truck came over in the car's lane of travel, then the family of the deceased could make a claim against the truck's insurance company.
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April 22, 2009

Gulfport, MS Woman Killed In Car Crash

 
An 89 year old woman from Gulfport, MS was killed in a car wreck when her husband  made a left turn in front of an oncoming pick up truck. The husband and the driver of the truck were taken to a local hospital.

Who can sue whom and why? The driver of the pickup truck can sue the driver of the car. Can the deceased wife make a claim? Yes, she can make a claim against her husband for negligently causing her death. The tricky part is who gets the insurance proceeds. The wrongful death statute lists all of the wrongful death beneficiaries who are entitled to recover the proceeds. Should the husband be able to recover since he is the one who caused the accident? Mississippi law is vague when it comes to this issue. But, someone in the family should be able to receive the proceeds. This is the reason why people pay for car insurance in case there is an accident. Just because it involves a husband and a wife does not make any difference.

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April 21, 2009

Columbus, MS Airman Causes Accident

 
An Airman stationed at Columbus Air Force Base caused a wreck when he tried to pass a vehicle who was about to turn left. The airman was driving a Corvette and hit another vehicle when he tried to pass the stopped vehicle waiting to turn left.

Witnesses who live in the area say that the cars always fly up and down that road. The accident happened about 100' from the airbase gate. Looks like the guy driving the Vette was in a hurry to get where he was going. Usually the Air Force investigates all accidents involving airman.

My lawfirm handled a case when two airman were overserved alcohol by the local Holiday Inn; when the bartender kicked them out of the bar for acting drunk, the airman hit an 18 wheeler within five minutes of leaving the bar. Both men were killed. How much trouble would it have been for the bartender to call a cab or not overserve them once they appeared intoxicated? The families settled with the bar after we filed our lawsuit. Numerous accidents are caused because the bar overserved the customer. This is called liquor liability in the legal community or Dram Shop case.
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April 20, 2009

Brandon, MS Resident Dies In Car Crash

 
An 85 year old Brandon, MS resident died in a car wreck when he lost control of his vehicle and crossed over into oncoming traffic. He first side-swiped a Nissan, then hit a Jeep, then hit a Honda Civic head-on. The drivers of the other vehicles were seriously injured and taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS.

Who can sue whom and why? Anyone who was a driver or passenger who was injured can make a claim against the at fault driver for loosing control of his vehicle. Since it was raining at the time of the accident, there may be a claim against the highway department for failure to properly maintain the highway assuming there were numerous accidents at that particular location and/or something was wrong with the highway which caused hydroplaning  of vehicles. Since the driver was 85 years old, the family who allowed him to drive may be liable if they knew that he was an incompetent driver and allowed him to drive anyway.

Of course, if there were not enough insurance coverage on the at fault driver, then claims could be made against the insurance companies of the injured parties for uninsured motorist and medical pay benefits.

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April 19, 2009

Car Accident Victim Dies At Jackson, MS Hospital

 
A car accident that happened on the Mississippi River Bridge killed one victim at the scene and another one died at the University Medical Center in Jackson, MS. The car crash involved four cars and the at fault driver was charged with vehicular homicide because he was driving while under the influence.

Who can sue whom and why? The families  of both deceased can sue the driver of the at fault vehicle;also, if they can prove where the driver obtained his alcohol, then they may have a case against that establishment. This is what is known as a Dram Shop case. A dram is about the same size as a large beer. Have you ever heard of the phrase: "watch your P's and Q's?" Well, that came from the old days when the waitress used a chalk board to mark down how much that you had to drink; you either had a pint or a quart; of course, after a few beers, the customer would become drunk and then the waitress would change the P's into a Q's; hence the phrase: watch your P's and Q's.

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