Archive for November, 2012

The Facts of Driving Under The Influence in Mississippi

Friday, November 30th, 2012

In our lives mistakes are bound to occur not only one and a while, but for the most of us pretty much every single day. Mistakes ultimately vary, which is dependent on the severity of the incident such as that of spilling milk, or colliding with another automobile. Either way, one thing is certain, mistakes in general carry a common bond, and variable, which is that of consequences, which are obviously dependent on how serious a mistake truly is. While some mistakes just simply result in us receiving a slap on the wrist others can impact our present, and future for years to come.

What Is Driving Under The Influence?

One mistake that individuals make today is that of driving under the influence. Yet, what does it actually mean to drive under the influence, and also, what can you expect from doing so? When an individual is said to be driving under the influence it means that they are “intoxicated” while behind the wheel either from alcohol, prescription medication, drugs, or other substances. When a driver is under the influence and behind the wheel of a vehicle they not only put their welfare and safety in danger, but also everyone else around them.

However, what can you actually expect legally to have to deal with when found to be driving under the influence. Many times, the consequences associated with a DUI are quite dependent on not only the severity of the crime, but also what substance was found to be the contributor to the incident. With alcohol, many consequences and penalties depend on an individual’s blood alcohol content, or BAC, score. For other drugs, depending on whether they are deemed to be legal, or illegal substances then puts different charges in the ring of penalties for an individual to have to deal with.

Ultimately, when you are charged, and/or later convicted of a DUI crime you face consequences that not only impact your life now, and later, but also the lives of your loved ones who now have to alter their plans, and dreams in order to help take care of your situation, and your new dependency. Make sure that when you are charged with a DUI of any kind to contact an experienced, and dedicated DUI attorney today.

If you, or a loved one, have been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, make an appointment with one of our Mississippi accident attorneys by calling (800) 707-9577.

Underage Drinking: The Dangers At Hand In Mississippi

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Growing is one aspect of our lives that we all have to deal with in some mannerism or form. From physically growing from the small stature of a child to finally becoming an adult, we not only death with the actual physical growth of age, but also the emotional, intellectual, and responsible aspects of life that age brings with it as well. One point in our lives that tends to be different for everyone in some way is that of adolescence and our teenage years. While some were deemed part of the “popular” clique others of us were found during halftime marching with the band. However, despite whatever our social affiliation was during this time one variable seemed to remain constant in all of these groups back and yesteryear, and still today, which is that of alcohol.

Alcohol has been one factor in many generations to be seen in within teenager years. The majority of the time teenage alcohol consumption, which is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 within the United States, stems from that of peer pressure. Regardless of the fact that it is illegal, or what brings it about, teenagers in the past, and still today are not only getting their hands on alcohol, but also consuming it and in unsafe, dangerous quantities.

The Expectations That Follow

While some consequences of underage alcohol consumption can include binge drinking which leads to alcohol poison, or trouble with the law, another aspect it brings to the table is that of drinking and driving. Driving under the influence laws are a bit different for those under the age of 21. For those under the age of 21 it is illegal to have a blood alcohol content (BAC) at all. While some states do vary and allow a slight score of 0.02 percent, many today are not allowing it, period.

Teenagers, and those under the legal age of consumption already have a tough enough time driving as it is, but when alcohol comes into the mix can be dangerous not only for themselves, but everyone and everything around them. Make sure that you talk to your teenage, or underage loved ones about alcohol and not only the legal aspects that are associated with it, but also if they did make the poor decision of drinking what they should do in order to be safe, out of harms way, and especially off of the road.

At Barrett Law, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (800-707-9577) to see how we can help.

The Financial Impact of an Auto Accident in Mississippi

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

In our world today accidents are one portion of lives that we can expect to encounter pretty much everyday. Ultimately accidents vary, but can all be seen to have and hold that of consequences, which vary greatly depending on how severe the accident was. For example, when we drop our favorite coffee mug on the way out the door in the morning we can expect not only to have our coffee spill everywhere, but also deal with the damage the mug sustained as well. Very similar to this type of accident is that of auto accidents, but with consequences that can be a bit more extensive, especially financially.

When you deal with that of an auto accident you deal with three major aspects of consequences which is that of injuries sustained from the accident, the legalities that are associated with your role in the accident, and finally, the financial aspect of an auto accident. One of the more consequences today is that of the financial aspects associated with an auto accident. Ultimately, if one truly looks at all of these consequences that are associated with an auto accident that of financial consequences are associated with each, and every one of them.

After you have been involved in an auto accident you already face the physical issues at hand, which include that of injuries that were sustained, as well as whether or not you caused the auto accident. When you have been injured from an accident you rely on your health care plan, or maybe even out of pocket expenses in order to help get the medical treatment you need. However, today, in order to not only see a health care professional, but also get diagnosed, and treated for your injury costs a great deal of money, which many people simply cannot afford. Yet, the financial difficulties are not over there. Depending on your involvement in an accident, and whether or not it has anything link to a criminal act you could face serious legal consequences such as fines, jail time, probation, or required program involvement.

Finally, after everything medically, and legally is taken care of you can finally sit back and relax, right? Wrong. Let’s not forget that we were involved in an auto accident, which probably means that our vehicle sustained some type of damage in the process as well. Remember, all of these can add up and in the blink of an eye leaving you, and your loved ones in a financial rut. Make sure when you are involved in an accident to contact a serious auto accident attorney immediately.

If you, or a loved one, have been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, make an appointment with one of our Mississippi auto accident attorneys by calling (800) 707-9577.

What You Can Expect While On The Road In Mississippi

Monday, November 26th, 2012

The road is one aspect in our lives that is presently all throughout the country. While we use the road for many things such as commuting, transporting much needed materials, or simply traveling, today, we use the road to ultimately live our lives. Today in our lives, we are not only responsible, but are also depended on to get tasks and errands done, and done so in a timely manner. Also, lets not forget about those in our lives that depend on us for their own commuting such as our children, and elderly loved ones.

While on the road today we would like to believe that the only issues we will face is that of having our radio stationed tuned properly, or having our air conditioning adjusted properly. Unfortunately, however, Mississippi drivers face bigger issues while on the road which is that of negligence, and distracted driving. Today, many individuals are under the impression they not only can multitask, but also do so behind the wheel of a vehicle while on the road. From texting while driving, personal grooming, showing a lack of attention to the road, or ultimately being negligent while behind the wheel not only endangers that driver of being involved in an auto accident, but also other drivers on the road as well.

When a driver not only participates in one, or both of these actions, they put their safety at risk, as well as other vehicle operators, and pedestrians on the road. Unfortunately, we are beginning to not only see an increase in the number of these accidents today on the road, but the true negative force of these accidents which leave individuals with property damage, personal injury, and even death.

Being involved in an auto accident is very serious regardless of how severe the accident is, or whether you think everything is alright or not. When you are involved in an auto accident of any kind it is extremely important that you contact an experienced auto accident attorney immediately in order to not only protect you, but also fight for your rights, your case, and the potential damages you may be entitled to.

At Barrett Law, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (800-707-9577)  to see how we can help.

Why You Should Seek Out An Auto Accident Attorney

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

The majority of the time we can find ourselves behind the wheel of a vehicle each day whether we are running one of our many errands, commuting to and from work as usual, or simply running our kids from one activity to the next. Ultimately, our lives are spent on the road no matter how you look at it, especially being residents of Mississippi. When on the road we are generally focused about important aspects of our day, which usually vary with each sunrise, and sunset. Unfortunately, it is not always that of safety, which can lead to your involvement in an auto accident.

The Facts About Auto Accidents

Automobile accidents vary significantly, and have to be handled on a case-by-case basis. With every auto accident there are hardly ever exactly the same variables and instances as there were in another case whether it be whether conditions, the speed of the vehicles, how the accident took place, injuries that were associated with the accident, and even whether or not a driver in the accident was under the influence, or not. Ultimately, without taking every variable and aspect of an accident in mind you can easily face legal issues.

What An Attorney Can Do For You

However, individuals should never fear, especially when dealing with any kind of auto accident. By contacting an experienced, yet ultimately dedicated auto accident attorney you can count on the fact that your case will be taken care of in more way than one. When you have an experienced auto attorney on your side with your best interest in mind you can expect to be represented positively in court, and with your insurance agency in order to make sure you get the best outcomes that are associated with the needs of your vehicle, your health, and especially that of your wallet.

In our lives we depend on professionals for many things such as doctors to help us when we are ill, or in need of medical attention. When you are involved in an auto accident of any kind you also need a professional to help fight for your rights, your case, and your life. By putting your trust, and case in the hands of an auto accident attorney you can rest assure that you, and your loved ones will be taken care of, as you should be.

At Barrett Law, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (800-707-9577) to see how we can help.

 

Understanding That of A DUI Crime

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Mistakes are one aspect of our lives that can be seen literally almost every day. Whether we face the issue of spilling our coffee on the way to work, arriving late to an important meeting, or maybe simply trip and stumble on our way out the door we not only deal with our actually mistakes and the accident itself, but also the consequences that erupt from them. Usually, one can easily see that consequences of a mistake in most cases are determined by the severity of the mistake itself. So, what can you expect from participating in a DUI crime?

What Is A DUI?

A DUI, or driving under the influence, crime is something that can be seen all throughout the country. In most cases we associate alcohol to be the main contributor in DUI crimes, but it, however, is not the only substance that can cause an individual to drive under the influence. When an individual takes some prescription medications, uses drugs, or also that of illegal substances they also can be seen driving under the influence. When an individual drives under the influence they are not operating their vehicle, or holding their safety in a proper state of mind.

What You Can Expect

By committing this crime individuals not only put their lives at risk, but also other vehicle operators and pedestrians alike as well. When you are found to be driving with either a blood alcohol content, or BAC, high than that of 0.08, or test positive for drugs you will be charged with a DUI crime. The legal consequences that follow that of a DUI charge, and later conviction include, but are not limited to that of: license suspension, jail time, probation, community service, required involvement in substance abuse programs, and expensive legal fines. Personally, an individual who is charged, or convicted with a DUI crime can easily lose child custody, deal with risen insurance rates, be terminated of their employment, and ultimately be hindered from future opportunities as well.

Make sure when you have either had just a little too much to drink, or have taken some medicine to help you with that seasonal illness that you stay off the road, and rely on a friend, or family member to get you from one place to the next. Ultimately, by doing so, you not only are protecting your life now, but also your future as well.

At Barrett Law, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (800-707-9577) to see how we can help.

How Seconds Can Make A Difference When You Are Hit By Another Vehicle

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Our lives are full of experiences whether they are good, bad, or just plain ugly. We never can actually predict what we will come to terms with and meet each day in the multiple areas of our lives. One type of experience that the majority of us encounter on a regular basis is that of accidents. Typically, when we look at accidents we see a common pattern, which is that of cause and effect. When these two have been determined one can usually assess what consequences will follow.

Today, accidents on the road are at a record high, which means that more individuals are now dealing not only with damaged property and expenses that go hand-in-hand with the accident, but also serious health issues and injuries that can result in many cases when another vehicle collides with another. However, when it comes down to an auto accident you can never expect what will happen in the moments that follow it especially depending on your situation, and environment in which it takes place. Additionally, the few seconds that are prior to your accident, and after your accident are extremely crucial not only to your vehicle, but also your overall wellbeing.

The Race Against The Clock

Many times we will not realize that we are about to become involved in an automobile accident until everything is said and done. However, sometimes we are blessed with a few sheer seconds to see what is coming for us, and our vehicle. When you are granted these few, short seconds it is extremely important to brace yourself, and prepare for impact. By restraining yourself some you can greatly lessen the likelihood of sustaining serious injuries. Make sure that in the midst of your accident you do not press any pedals, because in many instances when collided with the force, and pressure of the collision will be exerted on to the vehicle, which then impacts its movement. Your pedals also do this, but when both interact with one another you can deal with serious injuries, and even broken bones.

The few moments after your accident it is very important to primarily remain calm. By staying calm you are able to address your situation such as what damage has been done, is everyone in your vehicle alright, were injuries sustained, as well as whether or not there is any further danger present by being in the vehicle. From there, call 911 and explain in detail the situation at hand, in a calm, and clear manner in order for them to get a complete understanding of the needs of you, and your vehicle.

At Barrett Law, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (800-707-9577) to see how we can help.

The Importance of Being Cautious On The Road

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Driving is one action that the majority of us can be seen participating in almost every day. We rely on driving to get us from one place to another whether it is that of running to the grocery store to pick up some milk, dropping our children off at school, or the weekly grind of commuting to work. Either way, driving is one aspect of our lives that we certainly would be put back without. However, driving is one aspect in our lives that is never the same and changes every single time you pull out on to the road.

Yet, how could something so normal, and regularly done change so much constantly? The overall aspect of driving, and that of the road that changes constantly. Whether it is due to either weather conditions, traffic jams, the hour of day in which you are on the road, or maybe even a holiday; all of these and more easily change the risk factors associated with auto accidents on the road. When we look at that of auto accidents we see a wide spectrum of consequences and expectations that can be associated with them, which range from a small fender bender to that of a fatale, debilitating accident.

Addressing The Issue At Hand

However, there is one interesting thing about auto accidents, which is different from that of other accidents in our lives in most cases. The fact of the matter is that auto accidents can almost always be completely avoided, especially in this day and age with the amount of safety features, and devices we have at our disposal. Unfortunately, however, drivers are getting out on the road and are not being as cautious as they should be, and not truly understanding the responsibility that they have in their hands pertaining to not only their safety, but also the safety of others around them.

Ultimately, as a driver your main focus while on the road should be that of the road, and how to operate your vehicle safely that benefits not only yourself, but other motor vehicle operators and pedestrians alike. If not, you can easily assume that at one point or another you will come face to face with that of an auto accident with serious consequences that follow.

At Barrett Law, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (800-707-9577) to see how we can help.

What You Can Expect a Mississippi School Bus Accident

Monday, November 19th, 2012

In our lives we rely on many things in order to not only get our tasks, and responsibilities accomplished each day, but also simply in order to live our lives. Transportation is one thing that we ultimately rely on for this no matter how far we are traveling, why we are traveling, or how we are traveling. Either way, transportation not only enables us to perform, and complete our tasks, and duties, but also allows us to do so in a timely manner. However, can you always count on being safe on the road, especially when you are the passenger of a school bus?

The Magic School Bus, or The Manic School Bus?

School buses have been, are, and will probably always be one mode of transportation present in our lives. As children, we rely on these vehicles to get us from our homes to school, and back. However, as parents, we look at these vehicles as an asset to our schedule considering the fact we can rely on the bus to run our children from one place to the next with an adult that has been deemed safe by a school system. Yet, are school busses really that safe, and are they safe vehicles for children when they have been involved in an auto accident?

The Issues At Hand

While many would like to assume that these large vehicles are very safe, which they are, they also face the potential of being involved in an auto accident like every other vehicle on the road. However, when a school bus is involved in an auto accident the damage can be catastrophic not only pertaining to damage, but also that of injuries. Many school busses today are not equipped with that of seat belts, which pose a safety issue for children. Aside from actual damage to the school bus, a bus accident can be dangerous, and deadly to other drivers on the road. Today, the majority of school bus accidents are actually caused by other drivers on the road, but also can be caused by bus drivers speeding, failing to signal appropriately, and being apathetic to traffic signs and signals.

In the event that either you, or your child is involved in a school bus accident you need an experienced auto accident attorney on your side from start to finish. With an auto accident attorney on your side you can expect your case, and the potential damages you may be entitled to, fought for diligently, and with your best interest in mind.

If you, or a loved one, have been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, make an appointment with one of our Mississippi auto accident attorneys by calling (800) 707-9577.

The Dangers of Black Friday For Motorists in Mississippi

Friday, November 16th, 2012

As we all know the holiday seasons are soon upon us which means that individuals will be traveling from all over to either your home, or you to theirs in order to visit with family and friends, celebrate the holidays and have some time to relax and reflect. Usually, the majority of Americans today turn to driving versus any other form of transportation during these busy times of the year, which means that record numbers of vehicles are on the road all at once. However, aside from the celebrations associated with holidays what are some other factors you need to be concerned, and prepared for this holiday season.

Shop Till You Drop

Black Friday. It is a day that many look forward to each and every year that stands not only as day for many as finally the time to start putting up Christmas decorations, but also that of shopping. Each year the number of Black Friday shoppers not only increases, but seems to multiply due to the amazing amount of deals, and savings. However, this day of deals tends to bring out more than just thrifty savers, but also that of aggressive and erratic driving.

Taking It To The Streets

Last year, dozens of automobile accidents occur Black Friday, which is merely a day after Thanksgiving. Yet, why? On Black Friday the usual mood that fills the air is that of aggression, and competitiveness. Individuals line up, and camp out hours before retail stores open hoping to get an item they have been dying to get their hands on, or simply using deals to their advantage and getting some Christmas shopping out of the way. However, usually, shoppers take their aggression outside of stores and on to the road in order to get from one store to another as quickly as possible.

By having this mindset drivers completely abandon the rules of the road, and a mindset of safety to doing whatever it takes to get from one point to another as quickly as possible. Last year alone, many accidents took place that not only resulted in aggravate shoppers, but also vehicular damages, and serious injuries. Make sure this holiday season, and especially on Black Friday that you consider what the season is truly about. Remember, to keep a safe, and level-headed mindset while on the road regardless of the deals you may not get to indulge in, there is always next year.

If you, or a loved one, have been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, make an appointment with one of our Mississippi auto accident attorneys by calling (800) 707-9577.