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Stay Safe When Celebrating the Next SEC Victory

Looking at the latest college football poll from the Associated Press is all the confirmation you need that the SEC is the best conference out there for college football fans. And looking at the police blotter the day after any big SEC match-up is all the confirmation you need that SEC football fans (and players) do not take the risks of drunk driving as seriously as they should. 

Although Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman’s team members like to celebrate on Saturdays as much as anyone else, we also see the pain and suffering that is caused by drunk drivers. Our experienced personal injury attorneys have recovered millions of dollars for people who have been hurt by drunk drivers in Shelby County, Tennessee, and Desoto and Tate counties in Mississippi. 

Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are involved in an accident on game day, and you suspect the other driver was intoxicated. 

1. Drunk Driving is a Criminal and Civil Offense 

Drunk driving is a criminal offense, which can result in fines, jail time, and even the loss of one’s driving privileges. But it is also something the driver can be held civilly liable for. 

This means that accident victims have two roles to play when it comes to holding drunk drivers accountable. First, victims may be called on to testify or provide evidence for prosecutors during a criminal trial. The Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman team supports our clients who want to assist with the criminal trial because a criminal conviction is strong evidence in the civil case that follows. 

The civil case is where our clients seek compensation for their injuries. Victims can obtain compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, permanent injury, and pain and suffering. Given the extreme recklessness of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Mississippi courts may also award punitive damages to the victim.

2. Drunk Driving is a Choice 

Every drunk driving accident is preventable. There is no reason someone who is intoxicated should ever get behind a wheel. This is why drunk driving is considered negligent or reckless behavior, and is punishable as a criminal and civil offense. 

3. The Driver May Not be the Only Person at Fault 

In Mississippi, bars and restaurants that over-serve patrons who are later involved in a drunk driving accident may be held liable for the harm they helped cause. When people are over-served at private parties, including tailgates, it may be possible to hold the hosts responsible for not keeping guests in line. 

It is often necessary to sue these third parties in order to get victims the full amount of money they need to compensate them for their injuries. Our experienced drunk driving accident attorneys will let you know if it is possible to seek compensation from anyone other than the driver if you have been injured in an accident. 

The Lawyers That Listen

Being an SEC football fan should not mean risking your safety each time you get in a car on game day. Drunk driving accidents are completely avoidable, and the best way to reduce them is to send a message that drunk drivers will be held accountable for the harm they cause. 
If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident, and you are ready to seek compensation for the harm you have endured, the Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman team is here for you. We serve clients in Shelby County, Tennessee, and Desoto and Tate counties in Mississippi, as well as the surrounding area. Please contact us today to set up a meeting.

About the Author
Jefferson D. Gilder is a Partner at Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman and was admitted to the Mississippi and Tennessee Bars in 1990. Mr. Gilder is admitted to practice in all courts in Mississippi and Tennessee including Federal Court, the Fifth and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Gilder's areas of practice include personal injury, criminal, medical malpractice, civil rights, and product liability. Mr. Gilder spent his first ten years as an attorney practicing with his father, Robert G. Gilder, at Gilder Law Firm in Southaven, Mississippi before forming Gilder, Howell & Assoc., P.A. with Jamie W. Howell, Jr. in June of 2000. This firm although as another legal entity has now combined their resources and experience with Chatham – Pittman, to form Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman. If you have any questions about this article, you can reach Jefferson through our contact page.
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