Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers Serving Ridgeland and McComb

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In Mississippi, you can sue a drunk driver who causes an accident that injures you or causes the tragic loss of a loved one. You can also seek compensation from a third party who served alcohol to the noticeably intoxicated driver or to an underage driver who caused your accident.

Abdalla Law, PLLC, wants to help you. Contact us without delay.

A lawyer from our firm can review your case and identify all parties who should be held liable for the losses you have suffered in a drunk driving accident in Mississippi. Our initial consultations are always free.

Holding Drunk Drivers Liable in Mississippi

Driving while under the influence of alcohol (DUI) is illegal in Mississippi. A blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent is considered unlawful and can result in a DUI arrest and a conviction, fine, loss of driving privileges and jail time upon repeated offenses.

But if you or a loved one is the one who was injured or lost a family member because of an alcohol-impaired driver, a DUI conviction does little for you. Instead, you must seek justice through filing a personal injury lawsuit or wrongful death lawsuit.

In fact, if a person is convicted of drunk driving and causes an injury to you, the driver can be sued under what’s called “negligence per se.” This means that breaking Mississippi’s DUI law alone establishes that person’s liability.

The drunk driver and/or their insurance company may be compelled to pay for your medical expenses, lost income during recovery and pain and suffering. Punitive damages, which are meant to punish and deter drunk driving, can be sought as well.

Holding Others Responsible for Drunk Driving Accidents in Mississippi

Mississippi recognizes that the responsibility for a drunk driving accident may extend beyond the intoxicated driver to other parties. These claims include:

Dram Shop Liability
This law was originally written to protect the owners / operators of bars, restaurants, stores, and others from any injury, including death and property damage, caused by people who bought alcohol from them. But it was amended in 1987 to say the law’s protection does not apply when it can be shown that the person who bought an alcoholic beverage was intoxicated at the time of the purchase.
Private Host Liability
Mississippi’s “social host law” went into effect in 2011. It makes adults liable for knowingly allowing underage drinking (by people younger than 21) on their property. It applies to homes, outdoor gatherings like pasture parties or bonfires, camps and other private properties. Those found guilty may face a $1,000 fine and/or 90 days in jail. They may also face liability if the underage drinker causes a car accident that injures or kills an innocent victim.

Our Approach to Drunk Driving Accident Cases

We will thoroughly examine your case and find out the party or parties who should be held accountable for your losses in a drunk driving accident.

In some cases, establishing liability will involve the collection of police reports, chemical test results (breathalyzer or blood tests) and court records such as guilty pleas or judgments.

But in cases that involve dram shop or private host liability, the investigation can be more complex. It requires looking into what the driver did before the wreck.

For instance, our firm may seek to discover cell phone and debit/credit card transaction records. These can show where the driver was prior to the crash and what purchases they made. Did the driver make calls from a bar and buy beer at a convenience store before driving home? Was the driver at a party where alcohol was served to minors?

Injured by a Drunk Driver in Ridgeland, MS? Call Us Today.

As a former federal prosecutor, Jerry Abdalla knows how to conduct difficult investigations and discover the truth in these cases. He can put his years of experience and skills to work in determining how your drunk driving accident occurred and who should be held liable for your losses.

Get started today. Call or contact us online. Our consultations are always free.

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