Suing Drunk Drivers and Related Accident Defendants in Mississippi
Despite years of public service announcements denouncing drunk driving, sobriety checkpoints around Mississippi and the rest of the country, and stiff criminal penalties for drunk drivers who are caught, drunk driving continues to be an epidemic in the United States.
In 2014, nearly 10,000 people lost their lives because of drunk drivers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And that doesn’t even count the thousands of other people who are injured each year because someone got behind the wheel after having too much to drink. If you’re injured by a drunk driver, it may be possible to prove the other driver acted negligently, particularly if there is strong evidence of their intoxication. However, it can be difficult to actually collect money from drunk drivers because of low insurance policy limits, especially if you have extensive medical bills as a result of being injured by a drunk driver. But there may be other potential defendants in drunk driving personal injury case.
Bars, Other Drivers, and the State of Mississippi Could be Defendants
Mississippi has what’s called a “dram shop” law. This means that if a bartender serves alcohol to a person who is “visibly intoxicated,” the owner of the bar can be liable for any injuries caused by that intoxicated person. In the event that a drunk driver is in accident soon after leaving a bar, the business could be included in a personal injury lawsuit, and can be useful in securing recovery for damages suffered by the plaintiff.
Other potential defendants could be other drivers on the road, even if they were sober. Often, the actions of more than one driver contribute to a car accident, so depending on the circumstances of a case, it may be appropriate to sue other drivers as well as the drunk driver.
Also, as many Biloxi drivers know, a lot of roads in Mississippi are not very well maintained. In the event that negligent design, construction, or maintenance contributes to a car accident, it may be prudent to name the city, county, or state as a defendant as well. However, the city, county and/or state may be immune from liability.
Finally, it’s worth noting that if you are injured by a drunk driver who has no insurance or less insurance than you have, you may be able to recover under your uninsured motorist coverage. This is first party insurance coverage that is available to protect you in the event you are in an accident with a driver who is not insured or who is underinsured. If you do not have UM coverage, you should discuss this important coverage with your insurance carrier.
Dedicated Personal Injury Attorneys
Drunk driving accidents can leave you with devastating injuries and high medical bills. Worse, many drunken drivers have no car insurance or underinsured. If you’ve been hit by a drunk driver, you need an attorney on your side fighting to seek recovery on your behalf. Contact The Law Offices of Judy Guice today to speak with an attorney about your case. We represent plaintiffs who have been injured by drunk drivers in the Biloxi area.