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August 21, 2009

Columbus, MS Officer Injured In Accident

 

Patrolman Lance Luckey was not so lucky when he was rear-ended by Robbin Glover. Glover was driving south in a white 1996 Dodge extended cab pickup truck when Glover took his eyes off of the road to look at his cell phone. When Glover looked up again, it was too late and he hit the 1995 Ford F-150 driven by Luckey. Luckey was sent to the local hospital in Columbus, MS.

Cell phones are an extremely dangerous distraction when someone is trying to drive a vehicle safely down the highway. Drivers need to be extra careful of what they are doing when they check their cell phone while driving. Just looking at your cell phone is dangerous as attested to by this accident. If you try to push some buttons on your cell phone, it is more distracting and takes more time and effort to complete. The law should be changed to allow for double damages against anyone who causes an accident as a result of a cell phone.

If you know of someone who has been involved in an accident when the driver was using a cell phone, call Paul Snow now to discuss your case FREE of charge at 601-969-1977 or contact us online. We represent clients all over MS and LA including Clarksdale, Ridgeland, Natchez, Greenwood, Laurel, New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

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August 20, 2009

CAR ACCIDENTS IN MISSISSIPPI AND LOUISIANA

 

For over 34 years, Paul Snow has handled motor vehicle accidents, collisions and crashes involving cars, trucks, buses, trains, bicycles, motorcycles, and pedestrians who have been injured or killed as a result of someone else's negligence. Paul Snow has successfully handled claims against various government entities regarding road defects and poor road design. Our firm also handles claims or injuries caused by defective designs in automobiles, crash worthiness of vehicles, defective tires, seat belts and car seats, including infant seats.paul snow.jpg

At our firm, not only do we look into the amount of insurance coverage that was in effect on the wrongdoer's vehicle, but we also look into whether he or she was covered by any additional insurance through his/her employment. We look into whether there is any medical payment coverage or uninsured motorist coverage that may provide additional insurance coverage.

We have experienced investigators who go out and investigate auto accidents shortly after we are contacted. Remember, from the minute an accident occurs, the insurance company is already investigating the accident. They are attempting to gather any evidence that will lower their exposure to pay a potential claim. By contacting a lawyer immediately, you will have someone working for you and gathering evidence on your behalf which will include photographs, possible witness statements, and the accident report and finding out whether there is insurance coverage available.

Our experienced attorneys handle motor vehicle accidents which occur for any reason from a head-on collision, t-bone crash, sideswipe, tire blow-out, rear-end collision, hydroplaning, obstructed view by other vehicles, failure to yield right of way, speeding, cell phone use, inattentive driving, hit-and-run driving, and drunk driving.

The most important thing after an accident is to make sure all occupants are treated for their injuries. Most people wonder whether or not the accident will be covered by someone's insurance company. Your Mississippi accident lawyer will be able to determine any and all available resources for recovery. A list of common questions are:

• What happens if the person that caused the accident does not have insurance?
• Am I covered by my insurance policy if I drive someone else's car?
• Are other people covered by my insurance policy if they drive my car?

If you are involved in a car accident in Mississippi or anywhere else and don't know the answer to these questions, we can help you. You should immediately contact a Mississippi accident lawyer who is experienced and well-versed in the law. The most important thing is to pick up the phone and ask for help. It will not cost you anything to talk to a Mississippi accident lawyer. The insurance company has someone investigating the accident right now. You need someone on your side immediately. Call Paul Snow now.

Paul Snow can help you determine who we believe to be at fault in the accident. We will look to a number of sources to help you determine liability, including but not limited to, statements made at the scene by witnesses and the parties, the investigating officer's accident report, and possibly, accident reconstruction experts and/or highway design/maintenance experts.

If you know of anybody that has been injured or killed in an auto accident, you will need to seek immediate medical attention and legal advice. It is very important to seek medical attention immediately following the accident to assess your injuries, begin the healing process, and to prevent secondary injuries from occurring. Once you begin receiving the medical care you need, you should contact a knowledgeable and experienced Mississippi accident attorney who can explain your legal situation to you in a manner that you can understand and feel comfortable with. Paul Snow has handled thousands of car accident cases throughout Mississippi and Louisiana.

Mississippi law gives auto accident victims just a limited amount of time from the time of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent parties. It is important to obtain the proper legal representation right away while the evidence is preserved, witness testimonies are still fresh, and there is time to properly investigate and pursue your case.

Our litigation attorneys have the reputation for providing zealous, aggressive representation in pursuit of justice for our clients. In many cases, this means obtaining the maximum financial recovery that your injuries warrant under Mississippi law.

Paul Snow's law firm handles a select number of cases at a time because we want to dedicate all of our time, experience and resources to the clients that we represent. We limit the number of clients that we handle each year. Each of our cases receives the hands-on attention and skills of our attorneys. It is important that you do not try to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company of the negligent party without talking to Paul Snow first.

It does not cost any money out of your pocket to hire our law firm. Our law firm handles all injury and death claims on a contingency fee basis. That means that you do not pay anything unless we recover for you. Our contract is the same for all cases. We will spend whatever it takes to maximize your recovery. Don't be fooled by the TV attorneys. Compare our track record to theirs.

If you know of someone who has been injured or killed in a car accident, please call Paul Snow for advice and help at 601-969-1977 or 1-800-640-4478, or contact us online.



August 19, 2009

RECALL ALERT: GM AND ISUZU TRUCKS

 

General Motors recalled about 185,000 small GM, Chevrolet and Isuzu pickup trucks because of a defect in the brake light that may contribute to accidents. GM stated in their defect notice that "some of these vehicles have a brake lamp switch that may not work as designed due to contamination in the switch. This could cause the loss of all brake lamps, or cause all of the brake lamps to stay on continuously. Both of these conditions could fail to warn others of the driver's intentions and could lead to a vehicle crash."recall.jpg

Dealers will replace the part free of charge. The recall covers vehicles sold or currently registered in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas, Virgin Islands and Utah.

The following vehicles are involved: 2004-2009 Chevrolet Colorado, 2004-2009 GMC Canyon, 2006 Isuzu I-280 and I-350, 2007-2008 I-290 and I-370.

Owners may contact Chevrolet at 800-630-2438, GMC at 866-996-9463 and Isuzu at 800-255-6727.

IF you have been hurt in an accident because of this product defect, call Paul Snow now to discuss your legal rights FREE at 601-969-1977 or contact us online. We represent clients all over Mississippi including Columbus, Clinton, Pearl, Starkvill, and Olive Branch.

August 18, 2009

Rankin County Man Killed In Hit-And-Run Accident

 

Samuel Sanderford, a 48 year old man, was killed by a hit-and-run driver while he was riding his bike on Hwy. 18 in Rankin County, MS. He was hit by a grey Dodge Dakota pickup truck who fled the scene of the accident. The driver was arrested in Smith County and returned to Rankin County authorities.

Sanderford was thrown 30' after impact which shattered the truck's passenger side window and knocked off the side mirror.

Who can make a claim against whom and why?
The family of Mr. Sanderford can make a claim against the driver of the truck for negligence for causing the accident and his wrongful death. Also, if the driver had no insurance, then an uninsured motorist claim could be made against Mr. Sanderford's insurance company.

Our law firm handles all kind of accident and wrongful death cases including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, hit-and-run accidents and accidents against drunk drivers. We represent clients all over Mississippi including Meridian, Tupelo, Southaven, Vicksburg, and Pascagoula. If you have any questions, call Paul Snow Free to discuss your case at 601-969-1977 or contact us online.

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August 17, 2009

Jackson, MS Man Killed In Car Accident

 

Jason Lee Burton died just after being transferred to University Medical Center. He was involved in a two vehicle accident that caused his wrongful death. Adrian McMurtry, a passenger in the vehicle, sustained a broken hip and was also take to UMC in Jackson, MS. The 85 year old other driver was treated for injuries.

IF you know of someone who has a wrongful death case and would like to ask some questions, call Mississippi Accident Attorney Paul Snow FREE of charge at 601-969-1977 or contact us online. We represent clients all over MS including Jackson, Gulfport, BIloxi Hattiesburg, and Greenville in all kind of cases including wrongful death.

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August 5, 2009

Legal Malpractice

 


Legal malpractice can occur in many different ways. It can occur as a result of a missed deadline for filing your lawsuit, failing to properly investigate your case, a botched trial, failure to meet trial deadlines, settling your case for an amount extremely less than what your case is worth, and numerous other scenarios. Not all errors are necessarily malpractice. There are certain risks that arise in the practice of the law. The fact that there was a poor outcome of your case does not necessarily mean that the lawyer can be held liable.

To be held liable, the lawyer must have fallen below the "standard of care." Not only must the lawyer have caused you damages, but your damages must result from the lawyer not following the proper standard of care. The lawyer's actions are measured against other lawyers' actions.

Legal malpractice claims must be filed within a certain time period. If the claims are not filed within these time limits, then the client and/or his/her family will forever lose their right to bring a claim against the lawyer. The Law Offices of Paul Snow have experience in handling legal malpractice claims and work with the finest legal experts to insure that the outcome of these claims are successful.

The last legal malpractice case that i handled involved a young lady who was 38 weeks pregnant. She was involved in a car wreck and was taken to the local hospital by ambulance. After the emergency room doctor determined that the mother was stable, the E/R doctor then just asked the nurse to check the heart rate of the unborn infant. No one consulted with the OB-GYN department to see how to treat the infant. Within a few hours, the mother started bleeding and an ultrasound showed that the infant was in distress. The infant died shortly thereafter.

The family hired a local lawfirm who filed suit against the hospital, but not the E/R doctor. After the time ran out for suing the doctor, the attorney for the hospital filed legal papers in court claiming that the hospital was not liable for any actions of the E/R doctor. It was at this point in time when the lawyers for the family said: "Oh _hit". They realized that they messed-up by not suing the doctor and now it was too late to sue the doctor because the time limit has run out on suing the doctor.

The family was able to settle their claim against the hospital for $235,000 at mediation. Thereafter, the family hired my lawfirm to make a claim for legal malpractice against the first lawfirm for not suing the E/R doctor in the original lawsuit that was filed. After totaling working up the case, including hiring expert witnesses, we were able to settle the claim against the lawfirm for an additional $550,000. The family received a total settlement of $785,000. Part of the first settlement was structured so that the family will be guaranteed payments in the future for everyone in the family.

If you or a loved one believes they were damaged as a result of the legal negligence of a lawyer, contact Paul Snow online or call 601-969-1977 or 1-800-640-4478 to discuss your legal rights.

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August 2, 2009

I-20 Accident Backs Up Traffic For Hours In Jackson, MS

 

A four-vehicle accident on I-20 Eastbound tied up traffic for hours. A Toyota crossed over from the Westbound lane and hit three other vehicles who were Eastbound. The driver went up the wrong way of the interstate and hit a utility trailer, then an 18 wheeler, and then hit a Toyota Corolla head-on.

Victims were taken to the hospital, but because seat belts were used, the injuries were not serious.

So this is a reminder to buckle up. You never know when someone is going to come out of no where and hit you head on. That seat belt will make the difference of being released from the hospital or being released to the funeral home.

Information provided by Mississippi Accident Lawyer Paul Snow. WE handle all type of accident cases all over Mississippi, including Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Greenville, Meridian, and Tupelo. If you want to discuss your case FREE of charge, call Paul Snow at 601-969-1977 or contact us online.

August 1, 2009

Callaway High School Graduate Dies In One Vehicle Accident In Brandon, Mississippi

 

Hunter Moore was pronounced dead at the scene of a one vehicle accident on I-20 eastbound near Brandon, MS when he ran off the road and hit a tree. His wife, Cynthia Moore, had to be extracted from the car and was in serious condition at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.callaway1.jpg

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. My wife graduated from Callaway about 34 years ago.

Many years ago the Mississippi Supreme Court changed the law and allowed one spouse to make a claim against the other spouse for an accident. In this case, Ms. Moore should be able to collect from her own insurance company as a result of her injuries in this accident. The case should be settled without the necessity of filing a lawsuit.

If you know of someone who was injured or killed in an accident with a relative and have some questions, call Paul Snow at 601-969-1977 for a FREE consultation or contact us online.

July 31, 2009

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 30, 2009

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

July 29, 2009

Traumatic Brain Injury

 

Traumatic Brain Injury

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 27, 2009

18 Wheeler Accidents

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 26, 2009

Mississippi Teenager Killed In Accident In Slidell, Louisiana

 

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

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

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

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

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July 25, 2009

Columbus, MS Accident Kills 21 Year Old

 

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

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

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

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

July 24, 2009

Fatal Church Bus Crash Near Meridian, Mississippi

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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