Mississippi Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys
Caring for the Injured and Bereaved in Mississippi, Tennessee & Texas
Drunk drivers face serious criminal consequences, but this does not always stop them from driving under the influence, nor does it do anything to help those who face injuries and losses as a result of drunk driving behaviors. With almost 30 people per day killed in drunk driving accidents, this lack of justice is unacceptable. That’s why MW Law Firm PLLC - Mama Justice exists. We take care of the injured and bereaved after devastating drunk driving accidents and help make sure the responsible parties handle all the consequences of their actions.
How a Conviction Can Help Your Case
Like all other personal injury claims, drunk driving accident cases are based on negligence. To prove a negligence claim, you must show:
- The drunk driver (the defendant) owed you (the plaintiff) a duty of care
- The defendant violated this duty (by acting carelessly and driving under the influence)
- You suffered an injury
- The defendant’s violation caused your injury
In car accident cases, the duty of care is implicit, as all drivers owe those around them a duty of care. If the defendant was driving drunk, their breached duty is clear, as well. Your medical bills will help you prove your injury.
The hardest part of most cases is proving that the driver’s behavior caused your injury. This is where a criminal conviction can come in handy. Not only will an arrest and conviction prove that the driver was intoxicated, but it will also set a legal precedent with a higher burden of proof. In criminal trials, prosecutors must show the defendant is guilty of causing a collision (or injuries or fatalities) beyond a reasonable doubt. In civil trials, the plaintiff must only prove the defendant’s liability with a preponderance of the evidence. This means that there only has to be a 51% chance that the defendant’s behavior caused your accident.
If a drunk driver has already been charged for your accident, fact finders will not have a difficult time believing that the driver is more than 50% liable for your accident.
Even if the driver who harmed you wasn’t charged with drunk driving, police records can prove that they had alcohol in their system at the time of the collision.
From there, our attorneys can strategize with you and help you win your case.
Any Amount of Alcohol Can Impair
In all 50 states, the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 grams of alcohol per deciliter of blood. At this stage, drivers’ abilities to balance, talk, see, hear, react, and detect danger decrease; and they have a more difficult time with judgement, self-control, and reasoning. Even before they reach the legal limit, however, drivers can feel the effects of alcohol.
If any person with any amount of alcohol in their system caused your accident, you may be entitled to civil compensation. A drunk driver is unlikely to be arrested if their BAC is below .08, but you can still hold them accountable in court.
Tennessee Bar Association
U. S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
U. S. District Courts for Northern and Southern Mississippi
Supreme Court of the State of Mississippi
United States Bankruptcy Court
American Bar Association
Mississippi Bar Association
The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
Why File a Lawsuit?
After a drunk driving accident, you may want to move on with your life and allow the other driver to do the same. While we understand this urge, we know how serious the financial consequences of an accident may be.
If you are facing medical expenses, bills from the emergency room, missed wages, and reductions to your future income; you deserve to be reimbursed for any money you lose. Additionally, damages for pain and suffering and other noneconomic woes can allow you to take as much time as you need to recover from an injury or loss. If someone else’s negligence caused your accident, you should at the very least not have to go into debt or suffer unnecessarily because of it.
Filing a lawsuit equips you with the tools you need, so you don’t have to live with the financial realities of someone else’s mistake. Get started with a free consultation today.
Many of our clients come to us from other law firms after having their needs ignored. At MW Law Firm PLLC - Mama Justice, this will not happen to you. Instead, we will treat you like family from the moment you call, and Mama Justice herself, Missy Wigginton, will even give you her cell phone number. We promise to listen to your concerns, be available, and work with you every step of the way.
We will also take any opportunity we can to make your life easier during this difficult process. We offer free consultations, services in English and Spanish, help with medical treatment, and the full breadth of our skill and experience.
Call the right firm today. Call Mama Justice at (662) 262-6264 and get the legal support you need.
Mrs. Wigginton is true to her name.- Lillian F.
Missy is a fighter and doesn't give up on her cases.- Gayla
Mama Missy truly cares about her clients.- Elizabeth
Best lawyer ever!- Former Client
Missy gets the job done!- Keith