Jackson Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers
Drunk Driving Accidents & Injuries in Mississippi
Despite numerous attempts to curb drunk driving—including laws across all 50 states outlawing the operation of a motor vehicle while intoxicated—drunk driving accidents continue to cause thousands of injuries and deaths in the U.S. every year. And, although Mississippi has relatively low rates of alcohol-impaired traffic accident and fatalities compared to other areas of the U.S., hundreds are killed in drunk driving accidents in the state each year.
Victims of drunk driving accidents have the option of filing personal injury claims (or wrongful death claims, when loved ones are killed by drunk drivers). The purpose of filing a claim is to seek financial compensation for certain economic and non-economic losses, like medical bills and pain and suffering, resulting from the accident.
If you were injured or if someone you love was killed by a drunk driver, can help. For more than 40 years, our firm has passionately fought for the rights of car accident victims, including those harmed by negligent drunk drivers. We understand the devastating impact these collisions have on victims and their families, and we are committed to securing the justice you deserve.
Mississippi Drunk Driving Laws
In Mississippi, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. Drivers under the legal drinking age of 21 are prohibited from operating motor vehicles with a BAC of 0.02% or above, and commercial driver’s license holders may not operate a commercial vehicle with a BAC of 0.04% or higher.
Drivers who violate the state’s drunk driving laws face serious criminal and administrative penalties, from steep fines to jail time to driver’s license suspension and mandatory ignition interlock device (IID) installation. While these penalties effectively punish drunk drivers (and, ostensibly, deter others from operating motor vehicles while intoxicated), they do little to help victims who have already been injured or suffered unimaginable losses due to the careless and wrongful actions of intoxicated motorists.
How Are Drunk Driving Accident Claims Different from DUI Cases?
Drivers convicted of DUI face criminal and administrative penalties, but what recourse is available to victims of drunk driving accidents? By filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim, victims of drunk drivers and their families can seek justice and financial compensation for their resulting damages.
“Damages” is a legal term used to describe the collective financial and intangible losses a person endures as a result of a serious accident, injury, or the loss of a loved one.
Common damages in drunk driving accidents include:
- Ambulance fees
- Emergency medical care
- Surgeries and rehabilitation
- Ongoing treatments
- Medications and medical equipment/devices
- Future medical expenses
- Diminished earning capacity/disability
- Lost income, wages, and employment benefits
- Lost future earnings and expected income
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders
- Funeral/burial expenses
- Loss of income and/or inheritance
- Loss of love, companionship, counsel, guidance, and support
At , our drunk driving accident lawyers in Jackson represent clients in seeking maximum compensation for all damages resulting from these devastating collisions. Our goal is to help you not only seek justice but also to secure the financial recovery you need to heal and move forward with your life.
Filing a Drunk Driving Accident Claim If the Driver Is Not Convicted of DUI
While laws regarding driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs (DUI) focus on a driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the fact is that any amount of alcohol can impair a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Law enforcement officers have the ability to bring charges against an individual for being under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any other intoxicant even if their BAC is below the legal limit.
Similarly, victims of motor vehicle accidents could be entitled to financial compensation for their damages even if the at-fault driver is not charged with or convicted of DUI. If you (or your attorney) can establish that the at-fault driver was intoxicated and/or impaired at the time of the crash, regardless of BAC, this may constitute negligence. On these grounds, you could have a personal injury case.
While a DUI conviction against the at-fault driver can benefit your personal injury claim, it is not necessary for a successful civil case. Our drunk driving accident attorneys in Jackson have extensive experience investigating claims and utilizing available evidence to secure favorable settlements for their clients, even in the absence of a criminal conviction. In the event the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement—or denies your claim altogether—we are prepared to take your case to trial and represent your best interests in the courtroom.
Let Our Firm Fight for Justice on Your Behalf
If you have suffered significant injuries, or if your loved one was killed by a drunk driver, you deserve justice. At , our founding attorney, Missy Wigginton (AKA “Mama Justice”), along with our entire team of legal professionals, is here to guide you through process of protecting your rights and fighting for fair compensation.
We recognize that every situation is unique, and every case is different. Because of this, we follow a personalized approach and offer every client the dedicated attention, care, and representation they deserve. When you work with our firm, you will receive direct communication throughout the entire legal process.
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