Drunk Driving Accidents
Fatal and injury-causing drunk driving accidents have become a dangerous problem in Jackson and across Mississippi. When drivers decide to get behind the wheel after drinking, they put everybody’s lives at risk. They’re not only endangering their own lives, they’re putting innocent lives on the line. Whether it’s a holiday weekend or a Saturday night, drunk driving accidents don’t discriminate. One minute, you’re driving along and the next minute you’ve been center punched, struck head on or rear-ended by an impaired driver. If you’ve been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident, you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible about your options.100-Percent Preventable Car Crashes
Drunk driving accidents are 100 percent preventable. It’s a sad tragedy that many car accidents involving drunk drivers are often fatal for other law-abiding unimpaired citizens. We hear about this type of case all the time. It doesn’t matter that you were minding your own business, practicing defensive driving techniques and trying to get to your destination in one piece. All it takes is one drunk or impaired driver to send you to the hospital, or worse. Habitual offenders are also a problem, as they constantly put lives at risk, no matter how many times they’re arrested or their licenses are suspended.Costs Associated With Drunk Driving Accidents
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Temporary or permanent disability
- Vehicle and property damage
- Punitive damages
- Ongoing care
- Care of an injured loved one
First and foremost, the drunk driver is responsible for getting behind the wheel impaired, but the circumstances of your individual case could mean that other people share in the responsibility and liability too. Party hosts, bar owners, bar tenders and wait staff can all be held partially liable for over-serving or allowing a guest to leave while intoxicated. Even buzzed drivers should take note, you can be held accountable for your actions too. Even seemingly small amounts of alcohol can put you over the limit and on the hook for damages, so play it safe and designate a driver.What About Wrongful Death?
If someone you love was killed in a crash involving a drunk driver, you need to speak with a personal injury lawyer about a wrongful death lawsuit. It may be possible to recover compensation for medical costs, funeral expenses, lost potential income and the pain and suffering that accompanies the loss of a loved one. The sooner you speak with an attorney, the better. Many of these cases are time sensitive. Even if your loved one was a passenger in the vehicle being driven by a drunk driver, you could still have a case.Drunk Driving Accident Statistics
- In 2010, fatalities in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes accounted for nearly one third (31 percent) of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities.
- Over 10,000 people died in highway crashes involving alcohol impaired drivers or motorcycle riders with BAC’s of .08 or higher in 2010.
- In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in drunk driving crashes.
- On average in 2013, one person was killed in a drunk driving crash every 52 minutes.
- Drunk driving is most common between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.
We’ve all heard the classic, “I’ve only had a few” line. Sure, your friend might say he’s “okay to drive,” but the fact of the matter is that he most certainly is not okay to get behind the wheel. It’s absolutely critical to note that buzzed driving is drunk driving too. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is quick to point out that in certain situations, even one drink can be one drink too many. If you plan on drinking, even one or two alcoholic beverages, it’s deadly serious that you do not drive home. You could be putting lives at unnecessary risk.When to Call a Car Accident Lawyer in Jackson
After any kind of car accident, you need to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Jackson. Your lawyer can help you to navigate this difficult and complicated experience. Make sure you speak to a lawyer before you accept an insurance settlement too. Initial settlement offers are notorious for being inadequate. Large multi-national insurance corporations are banking on their policy holders and injured victims being desperate enough to accept puny initial offers.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the skilled legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for an immediate case consultation today.