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Drunk Driving Accidents

Knowledgeable Car Wreck Lawyer Guiding Jackson Residents and Others

Mississippi is among the most dangerous states in the nation when it comes to drunk driving accidents. Reports reveal that over 600 alcohol-related collisions occurred there in both 2013 and 2014. A drunk driver may face criminal penalties for this reprehensible conduct, and victims also can bring civil claims with the assistance of a car accident lawyer, pursuing compensation for their personal injuries and other losses. Jackson drunk driving accident attorney M. Devin Whitt has extensive experience handling these types of car wreck cases. Our firm proudly serves victims and their families throughout Mississippi in Madison, Rankin, Hinds, Warren, Yazoo, Forrest, Lauderdale, Simpson, Copiah, and Lincoln Counties, or anywhere else in Mississippi. Enlist the Law Office of M. Devin Whitt for aggressive advocacy in fighting for the compensation that you deserve.

Assert Your Rights After a Drunk Driving Accident

All drivers are required to handle their cars with at least as much care as a reasonable and prudent motorist would use. A reasonable motorist would be expected to obey the law in virtually all situations. According to Mississippi code section 63-11-30, it is unlawful for someone to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol level that is greater than 0.08 percent. Moreover, police are allowed to arrest an individual for driving while intoxicated even if his or her blood alcohol content is below the legal limit, if the driver is exhibiting signs of intoxication suggesting that he or she is not fit to drive.

Mississippi courts also recognize the negligence per se doctrine, which allows a plaintiff to use a rebuttable presumption that the defendant was negligent at the time of the crash if the plaintiff can show that the defendant violated a criminal statute. In a drunk driving accident, there will often be a police report describing the wreck and its likely cause or causes. Often, this will include information regarding any field sobriety tests that were administered and the results of any breathalyzer or blood tests.

After showing that the defendant was drunk at the time of the accident, the plaintiff must demonstrate that the defendant’s intoxication was the direct cause of the injuries that he or she sustained. The defendant sometimes may attempt to argue that the plaintiff was also negligent and that this negligence was partly to blame for his or her injuries. Mississippi recognizes the pure comparative fault doctrine, which allows a jury to consider whether the plaintiff was partly at fault. If so, the jury can assign a percentage of fault to the plaintiff. However, it is important to remember that some damages still will be available if the defendant was at all responsible for the accident.

Victims of drunk driving accidents may be able to recover compensation for economic costs like lost income, medical and hospital bills, and the costs of future treatment, as well as damage to their vehicles. They also may be able to obtain damages for more subjective forms of harm, such as the pain and suffering that they endured.

Consult a Dedicated Drunk Driving Accident Attorney in Jackson

If you have been involved in a collision with an intoxicated or drugged driver, Jackson drunk driving accident lawyer M. Devin Whitt is ready to help you fight for the compensation that you need and deserve. He assists people throughout the tri-county area of Madison, Rankin, and Hinds Counties, as well as in Warren, Yazoo, Forrest, Lauderdale, Simpson, Copiah, and Lincoln Counties and anywhere else in Mississippi. Although there is no amount of money that can truly account for the pain and stress that results from a drunk driving accident, compensation can help you overcome the financial burdens that may result and assist you with getting back on your feet. To schedule a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision attorney, contact us online or call us now at 601-607-5055.

Client Reviews
Devin handled my case with the attention and compassion you need when going through tough times in life. I always felt he had my back and fought for my best interests at all times throughout the ordeal. I would recommend Devin to anyone in need of an attorney. In fact, I already have! Keith C.
From the first time that I met Devin he was very friendly, courteous and passionate of being the Attorney that he would want serving him. He spent countless hours working to ensure that fair treatment was being delivered to me and my family. Very organized, timely, response to all my request. I had a very complicated case that extended longer than anticipated and he stayed on task, very optimistic, very driven for results and was able to deliver what I was seeking out for from the first meeting that I had with him. He never mislead me or promised me the world. He was very objective and realistic in what he felt he could deliver. I appreciate all that he did for me during this time and I will continue to use him for all of my future needs. If you family ever needs honorable, competent, caring representation in a case, then Devin Whitt is the Attorney you will be pleased with. Michael D.
Devin Whitt was very helpful and successful on achieving the desired results for my case! My case was over a year long, and Devin sought additional ways needed to solve my legal issues. He could’ve quit and said, “That’s the way it is”, but he continued to go to bat for me until he hit the HOMERUN. Even after the successful case, Devin called to check on me to ensure that I knew the additional steps needed to completely clear my name. Devin was prompt when returning phone calls. I have recommended Devin once and would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone regardless of their legal issues. If you want to be successful in your case, don’t look any farther. Pick up the phone and call Devin! Immediately!! Parker R.
My experience with Mr. Whitt was positive from the first moment I consulted with him. I can't think Mr. Whitt enough for his help with my custody case. He was attentive, thorough, and helpful throughout a difficult time for me. He always kept me updated with the progress of my case and made me feel as if we were working together as a team. He was always available to me when I had questions pertaining to the matter, and he was always willing to take the extra time to make sure I understood everything in the process. I highly recommend Devin Whitt! Jennifer N.
Attorney Devin Whitt is awesome! He told me that he was going to do his best, and his best exceeded my expectations! For excellent representation, I highly recommend Attorney Whitt! Althea S.
Devin Whitt is absolutely the person you need to call when needing representation in a divorce case! He is the reason today that i have full custody of my 3 boys. Devin fought when nobody else gave me any hope. These days when many attorneys will concede children over to alcoholic and drug addicted mothers Devin said NO! He stood up and fought for me and my boys and we won. Thanks to Devin they are now in a stable home with me and their step mother, doing well in school and bright futures ahead. The alternative would have been living with an alcoholic and drug addicted mother and boyfriend. Thank you Devin for all you have done for me and my boys! Do not hesitate, CALL Devin Whitt today and be represented by the best!. David A.