Mississippi News Now reports on a recent accident that injured six people and caused an AMR ambulance and another vehicle to flip. The crash happened on I-55 north. Three of the injured include a paramedic, EMT, and a patient who were inside the ambulance at the time of the wreck. At least one person was critically injured.
According to authorities, a jeep involved in the crash was allegedly swerving and speeding before the collision. Emergency responders found a bottle of vodka inside the jeep.
Although the exact cause of the accident has not been disclosed, Mississippi certainly sees its fair share of alcohol-related collisions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 2003 and 2012, 2,560 people in Mississippi died in wrecks that involved at least one drunk driver.
If you were injured or lost a family member due to a drunk, distracted, or negligent motorist, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. Depending on the facts of your case, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, and other damages.
Attorney William E. Ballard will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim. Mr. Ballard will gather evidence, interview witnesses, calculate your damages, and help you fight for the maximum payout. Call 769-572-5111 to schedule a free initial consultation with a Jackson personal injury attorney from Ballard Law, PLLC.
How to Reduce Your Risk of Getting in a Drunk-Driving Accident
Most drivers know the dangers of getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, yet nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities in the United States involve a drunk driver. Although some accidents are unavoidable, you can reduce your risk by learning how to identify and avoid drunk motorists.
Keep your distance from any driver who shows one or more of the following signs of intoxication:
- Swerving or drifting onto the shoulder;
- Straddling the centerline;
- Almost hitting the curb or another object in the road;
- Speeding or driving much slower than the posted speed limit;
- Stopping far before or after the stop line;
- Braking for no apparent reason;
- Not turning on the vehicle’s headlights when driving at night; or
- Using the wrong turn signal or no turn signal at all.
What Should I Do If I Spot a Drunk Driver?
Drunk motorists are a danger to all road users, but you should never try to stop a driver who you suspect is drunk. Instead, record the license plate tag, make, model, and color of the vehicle. Pull over to a safe place, and contact the police.
If you or someone you love was injured by a drunk or drugged driver in Mississippi, contact Ballard Law, PLLC. William E. Ballard will help you fight for the maximum settlement, and if your case goes to trial, he has the litigation experience to represent your interests in court. Call 769-572-5111 to schedule a free consultation with a car wreck lawyer in Jackson.