Negligent Entrustment and Third Party Liability
Motor vehicle accidents in Mississippi are often a result of at least one person engaging in reckless and negligent actions. When drunk driving accidents occur, there are various parties who may assume liability for the resulting injuries and damages. A thorough investigation can help to identify all liable parties when it comes to your accident.
Our state allows victims of drunk driving accidents to pursue legal action against entrusted parties. For example, if a person knowingly sold alcohol to a person who was already impaired, and the impaired person chose to drive their vehicle and cause a crash, the party that provided them with the alcohol may be held accountable as well.
There are several factors that come into play when it comes to filing a third-party liability claim due to negligent entrustment
. These include proving that:
- The owner of the vehicle entrusted it to the driver.
- The driver was unlicensed, negligent, or inexperienced.
- The owner of the vehicle knew or had adequate proof that the motorist was incompetent, unlicensed, or careless.
- The driver’s conduct was negligent.
- The negligent actions of the driver were the proximate cause of the crash.
When it comes to drunk driving accidents, victims can file legal claims against parties who allow individuals who have a history of careless driving to use their vehicles. If a person has a history of drunk driving, and someone allows them to use their vehicle anyway, they can be held liable for your injuries and damages along with the driver.
Cases of negligent entrustment can also extend to employer liability. If a company entrusts an employee with an automobile after knowing they are an unfit motorist, they can be held liable.
Courts across Mississippi provide victims with the ability to file legal claims against employers who engage in negligent hiring and retaining of employees. In order to prevail, you will need to prove that the employer knowingly allowed an employee, who was deemed to be incompetent, to use their vehicle at the time of the drunk driving accident.
Finally, parents who allow their children to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be held liable for any resulting injuries and damages from a drunk driving accident.
Our Jackson drunk driving accident lawyers can meet with you at your earliest convenience to discuss your accident and help you to determine if any third-party legal claims are possible to help you get justice.
Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving
Accidents involving drunk drivers are 100% preventable. When people engage in these truly reckless actions, it never has a good outcome for other drivers sharing the road. The unfortunate truth is that many people feel they are not “too impaired” to operate their vehicles. As a result, they enter the roadway when they truly have no ability to control their vehicles. In Mississippi, even drunk driving is considered drunk driving.
Reports provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) show that, in certain situations, even one drink can be considered too many drinks to operate a vehicle. Alcohol can have an immediate impact on drivers and greatly impede important skills that they need to drive safely. These skills include:
Judgment: Drivers who are impaired are often unable to clearly judge situations while operating their vehicles. The brain stores all of your knowledge and experience, and allows you to quickly determine how to handle problems as soon as they arise. Alcohol and other drugs affect the brain, making it more challenging for drivers to make quick decisions.
Vision: The most important thing to have while driving is your ability to see clearly. Alcohol can severely impair your ability to see vehicles, people, and other objects in front of you. Not being able to see clearly can impact a driver’s ability to judge the distance they have between vehicles, creating an extremely dangerous situation on the road.
Color Distinction: Colors of signs, signals, and markings provide key information to drivers to let them know what actions they should take while operating their vehicle. Drivers who are impaired by alcohol may have a difficult time distinguishing the colors.
Reaction time: Alcohol severely impacts a driver’s ability to process information and respond quickly. When drivers are impaired, they can become drowsy and less aware of their surroundings.
Drivers who have a blood-alcohol level above 0.08 percent are considered to be impaired under Mississippi state law. However, getting to this point can vary drastically from driver to driver. For this reason, it is never a good idea to drive whether you are slightly intoxicated or blatantly drunk, as it can result in life-changing consequences for you and other drivers.
Mama Justice is Here For You
Dealing with painful injuries following a drunk driving accident can make working and performing various tasks incredibly challenging. Not only will you be forced to deal with pain and go through both immediate and long-term medical care, but you will also face towering financial burdens as well.
Paying tens of thousands of dollars on the medical care you need due to another driver’s negligence is simply unacceptable. For this reason, our drunk driving accident lawyers in Jackson are committed to helping our clients maximize the financial compensation they need by pursuing legal actions against at-fault parties.
With Mama Justice by your side, you can rest assured knowing your legal rights and best interests will be protected every step of the way. Our law firm will provide you with aggressive and trusted representation that represents your unique needs and best interests. Our Mississippi personal injury lawyers
will never leave you alone when it comes to getting justice.
We remain by your side throughout the entire legal process and see through to the end to ensure you get justice. The Jackson drunk driving accident lawyers at Mama Justice are available to meet with you at your earliest convenience to discuss your accident and to help you move forward and get justice. We offer free, no-obligation consultations in Jackson or any of our thirteen offices across Mississippi.