March 26, 2015

Texting and Driving Ban

Texting while driving has become an epidemic in Mississippi and across the nation. Many states have already enacted distracted driving laws, and now Mississippi has one too. WJTV News Channel 12 recently reported on the new texting while driving ban. This week, Governor Phil Bryant signed the bill into law. The new law will take effect on July 1, 2015 and impact distracted drivers statewide. At this time, law enforcement authorities are contemplating their enforcement options. Motorists will still be allowed to use their GPS and make telephone calls. The ban applies to the sending and receiving of text-based messages.

Enforcement of Texting While Driving Ban

There isn't exactly a breath-test for distracted driving or a 'speed gun.' Other states have been pioneering the use of sophisticated equipment to distinguish text messaging from other types of cell phone functions in automobiles. Law enforcement agencies may have to upgrade department technology to better support enforcement of the new law. Luckily, they have until July first.

Distracted Driving Facts

• In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in distracted driving crashes.
• In 2011, 3,360 people died in distracted driving related wrecks.
• An estimated 421,000 people were injured in distracted driving crashes in 2012.
• 10 percent of drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were distracted at the time of the crash.

Distracted Driving in Jackson

Distracted drivers in and around the Jackson area put other roadway users in great danger. Research shows that distracted drivers actually have slower reaction times than impaired drivers. Crashes attributed to texting while driving and other distracted driving behaviors are 100 percent preventable.

After an Accident Involving a Distracted Driver

Although law enforcement agencies may not have state-of-the-art text message enforcement technology yet, a lawyer can help you determine if a distracted driver was to blame for your crash. It may be necessary to subpoena phone records to determine if a driver was distracted at the time of the crash. Although it can take additional investigative efforts, it's worth looking into, especially if you're facing extensive medical bills.

If a distracted driver has injured you or somebody you love, contact the skilled legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free consultation today.

March 26, 2015

Assault Arrests at JSU

On Monday, two people were arrested in association with a potential road rage incident at Jackson State University (JSU). According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened near the Palisades apartment complex. Apparently, two men and one woman got into some kind of altercation. One of the men brandished a weapon. JUS police officers responded to the scene, and both men were arrested.

Although very few details about how the arrest went down were released, we do know that charges included simple assault and possession of a weapon on school property. If you or a loved one is facing assault or weapons charges, contact the skilled defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a consultation today.

March 19, 2015

Workover Rig Flips off I-55

On Wednesday, a workover rig flipped off of an Interstate 55 bridge in Copiah County. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened sometime before 9:00 a.m. Apparently, the workover rig flipped off of a bridge and landed on Highway 27. Initail reports indicate that the truck may have had a tire blowout, leading to the driver loosing control. The driver was taken to Hardy Wilson Memorial Hospital in Hazlehurst for treatment for injuries.

Worker Injured in Copiah County

Emergency responders were called to the scene, where the workover rig driver, an employee contracted by Lucky Wells Services, was hurt. His injuries, which included lacerations, were initially described as minor, but there's no word on the full extent of injuries or his current condition after the crash. Although very few details have been released, this appeared to be a one-vehicle crash.

Heavy Machinery Accidents

Accidents involving large pieces of heavy machinery can be devastating for victims. Catastrophic and fatal injuries are not uncommon in heavy machinery accidents. It's important to make sure all safety regulations and maintenance of heavy machinery is followed in order to keep workers and other people safe. It's especially important for worksites near roadways, where commuter traffic is frequent.

Workplace and Job site Injuries

Employers owe their workers a duty of safety on the job site. Safe working environments ensure employees can return home to their families at the end of the workday. Whether you're a contractor or a salaried employee, you deserve to be safe at work. You shouldn't have to deal with pain, medical bills and potentially losing your job because of an injury that wasn't even your fault.

After an Injury on the Worksite

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a worksite accident or heavy machinery crash, you need to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. A personal injury attorney can be your advocate as you begin to recover from the accident.

Contact the skilled personal injury lawyers at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation today.

March 19, 2015

Methamphetamines Arrests in Mississippi

Earlier this week, two men were arrested on suspicion of meth possession. According to WJTV News Channel 12, two pounds of meth were found inside of a stuffed teddy bear. At this time, we do not know how the teddy bear was associated with 33-year-old Nicholas Ringold and 34-year-old Ronald Vaughn, who were both arrested.

The estimated street value for the confiscated 'ice' is about $100,000. Ringold, from Vicksburg, was charged for possession and intent to sell or distribute and Vaughn, of Picayune, was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to sell or distribute. Additionally, over $3,000 cash was also confiscated during the arrest.

If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with or without intent to distribute, call the skilled team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600.

March 12, 2015

$100K in Cocaine Seized, Three Arrested

Earlier this week, three people were arrested and approximately $100,000 worth of cocaine was seized in a drug bust by the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN). According to WJTV News Channel 12, officials also found over $8,900 in cash and four vehicles in the Picayune bust. Gerald Hinton, 50, Draeshund "Lil Dip" Magee, 37, and Joshua Ceaser, 32, were arrested in connection with the drugs.

Although very few details about how the arrests went down have been released, we do know that there was a joint investigation between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. At this time, all of the suspects have been charged with conspiracy to distribute.

If you or a loved one is facing drug possession or distribution charges in or around the Jackson area, contact the skilled defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for an immediate consultation. The attorneys at Coxwell & Associates have what their past clients call real experience when it comes to defending criminal cases. The attorneys have had success helping people in matters ranging from professionals who got a DUI to some of the most serious cases one can imagine. One only needs to look at the client "thank you" and recommendation section on the Coxwell & Associates website or look at the list or representative cases to see the depth of real experience.

March 12, 2015

Semi Truck Crash in Warren County

On Tuesday morning, a semi truck overturned in Warren County. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened sometime around 2:00 a.m. on Interstate 20, near the Bovina/ Tiffintown Road exit. Apparently, the tractor-trailer driver lost control of the large vehicle and it hit a cable barrier in the median and struck a concrete wall. The driver, 41-year-old Jose Martinez, did not report any injuries, but a passenger in the sleeping compartment had to be transported to the River Region Medical Center for treatment of injuries.

Passenger Injured in Semi Truck Crash

Thankfully, no other vehicles were involved in this 18-wheeler crash. Martinez reported that the truck was suffering from mechanical problems at the time of the crash, but there's no word on whether or not the investigation has been concluded. Several lanes of the roadway had to be closed for hours as first responders and crews worked the scene. There's no word on the extent of injuries sustained by the passenger or his or her current condition. Initial reports did indicate minor injuries though.

Tractor Trailer Crashes in Jackson

Crashes involving tractor trailers can be devastating for smaller passenger vehicles and light trucks. Semi trucks are much larger and heavier than most other vehicles on the roads. Because these trucks are so large and heavy, owners and operators have to follow additional rules and regulations for safe operation. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has been tasked with regulating the commercial trucking industry. Ultimately, this means that if you were in an accident involving a large commercial truck, investigations may be lengthy and in depth to determine if drivers and trucking company owners were complying with all federal safety regulations.

What to do After a Truck Accident

After an accident involving an 18-wheeler, you need to contact a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your case. Multiple investigative agencies might be involved, and you need somebody with experience on your side. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a tractor trailer or semi truck, call the skilled truck accident team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free consultation today. The attorneys have recovered millions of dollars for seriously injured clients to compensate them for the harms and losses they suffered when some person or some company did not follow the rules of safety. When you join the team at Coxwell & Associates you put their real experience to work for you.

March 5, 2015

Jackson Car Break-in Suspects

At least three people are in custody in connection with car break-ins at an apartment complex in Jackson this week. According to WJTV News Channel 12, Zaccheus Thicklen, Justin Taylor and Christopher Spell have been charged with seven counts of auto burglary. Very few details have been released about the crimes or the subsequent arrests, but we do know that authorities are still trying to locate a fourth suspect.

Car Burglary at Woodridge Apartments

Apparently, a resident at the Woodridge Apartment complex alerted authorities after early morning car break-ins. There was a chase on foot, and law enforcement officers with the Jackson Police Department (JPD) apprehended the three suspects. At this time, they're still trying to find a fourth suspect, and anybody with information is being asked to come forward.

Car Burglaries in Jackson

Car burglaries in Jackson can leave victims and community members understandably shaken up, but that doesn't mean that the accused don't deserve their day in court. In America, you're innocent until proven guilty. This means that suspects in custody or who have been charged and released deserve to have their rights protected and looked after during all investigative processes and court proceedings.

"If You Cannot Afford a Lawyer" Lawyer

One of the biggest mistakes you can make after an arrest is going with a public defender. There's nothing wrong with them, and they're some of the hardest working legal professionals in the country, but they simply do not have the time or resources to dedicate to your freedom. Often overburdened with enormous caseloads, they're simply too busy to devote the kind of personalized attention to a case that you can get with a private criminal defense attorney.

When to Call a Criminal Defense Attorney

If you or somebody you love has been arrested for car burglary in or around the Jackson metro area, you need to call a lawyer as soon as possible. The sooner you speak with a lawyer, the sooner you can begin working on your defense.

Call the skilled criminal defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a case consultation today.

March 5, 2015

MDOT's Winter Weather Safety Tips

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has recently issued a press release about safe driving during winter weather. WJTV News Channel 12 reported on the press release, and how drivers can stay safe during inclement weather this season.

When it's possible, stay off the roads. If you don't have to go out, don't. If you do have to go out, make sure your car is road-ready for the winter weather and exercise additional caution in case of ice, low visibility and other cold-weather conditions.

Safe Driving Tips

• Buckle up
• Slow down
• Allow more distance between vehicles
• Avoid distractions
• Brake early and gently
• Keep your car maintained

What to do After an Accident

If you or a loved one has been injured by a dangerous driver during icy weather conditions, contact the skilled personal injury lawyers at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation today.

March 2, 2015

Top 10 Ways to Get out of Jury Duty in Mississippi

e22ba6aef41c9452c19e5c8efbd556e9.jpgSo, I wake up this morning and I have a text from an out of state buddy. "Hey man" it starts, "I got called to jury duty and I need to be out of town on Thursday. How can I get out of it!?!?"

I get this question all the time. People HATE jury duty. Until they actually serve on a jury that is. The folks who have served on a jury tell me that it was one of the most "American" things they have ever done. Yes, I know the "hurry up and wait" process is horrible (welcome to my world) but as a juror you really get to take part in one of the things that make this country great. The "right to a jury trial" is guaranteed by the 7th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Mississippi has this right embedded in our Constitution as well.

But there are legitimate ways to get of jury duty so let's look at those:

1. Will being on a jury result in a serious financial loss to you? If so, you can be excused but the Judge may require more information than just you saying this.

2. Must be 21 years or older. Please don't bring a fake I.D.

3. Must be able to read and write. But since you ARE reading this I guess you don't qualify for this exception.

4. Can't be a convicted felon. (Should have hired Coxwell & Associates!)

5. Can't be an habitual drunkard. However, non-habitual drunkards are permitted.

6. Can't be a common gambler. Uncommon gamblers are apparently ok.

7. You must not have been convicted of illegally selling alcoholic beverages within the last 5 years. Obviously this law was on the books when Mississippi was a dry state.

8. Can't have a case currently pending in the court in which you are asked to serve as a jury.

9. If you are over the age of 65 you can be excused automatically. Once again, no fake ID's!

10. If jury duty would cause a personal hardship to you you can be excused as well. And no, listening to boring attorneys for a week is NOT a personal hardship.

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February 27, 2015

MDPS Traffic Crash Report

Officials with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety have released the traffic crash report from the past week. According to WJTV News Channel 12, many of the crashes are being linked with the icy weather that took place on Tuesday and Wednesday. Although individual details on each crash weren't released, it's possible that a variety of factors were involved in these wrecks.

During the storm, state troopers responded to over 200 calls. They're stating weather was a factor in about 150 of those crashes. It's not uncommon for bad weather crashes to involve drivers who are driving too fast for conditions or following other drivers too closely, in addition to other factors.

If you were injured in a crash during the winter storm, contact the skilled legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation today.

February 20, 2015

Icy Roads in Metro Area

Commuters in the Metro area and across Mississippi have been dealing with Icy roads and bridges this week. WJTV News Channel 12 reports that first responders and other emergency response crews were out in full force on Friday morning. There were several crashes in the Metro alone. Interstate 20, near exit 56, was clogged up for hours after a collision. All lanes had to be shutdown as crews responded to the scene.

Multiple Crashes in Jackson

Another crash on I-55, near the Pearl Street exit, also had traffic backed up. Interstate 220, north of Medgar Evers Boulevard and Industrial Drive, was also the scene of a crash. Very few details were released about these wrecks, so we don't know if anybody hurt in these crashes or how many vehicles were involved.

Driving Too Fast For Conditions

Driving too fast for conditions is a common occurrence in poor weather. Whether it's freezing rain, a little bit of snow or a springtime downpour, drivers need to adjust their driving speeds in accordance with the weather. It's not safe to go even the posted speed limit in certain weather conditions. Driving too fast for weather conditions can put everybody on the road at great risk. Making sure your car is cold weather road-ready is also important for safe driving this season. Finally, drivers should exercise additional caution when approaching and driving over bridges and overpasses in colder weather.

Bridges Ice First

Drivers should also remember that bridges and overpasses are the first parts of the road to freeze in cold weather. They don't have the benefit of the ground keeping them warm. They're exposed to elements from above and below. Drivers are urged to exercise additional caution when traveling over bridges and overpasses in cold weather.

When to Call a Jackson Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an icy-weather car accident, you need to call a personal injury lawyer to get the ball rolling on your case. The skilled legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC is standing by at (601) 948-1600 to answer your questions today.

February 20, 2015

Manslaughter Arrest in Yazoo City

On Wednesday, 28-year-old Eric Terrell Rogers died as a result of injures sustained in a shooting that happened in Yazoo City. According to WJTV News Channel 12, Rogers was shot in the chest. Although he was taken to King's Daughter Hospital, he succumbed to his injuries.

At this time, a 26-year-old man has been arrested and charged with manslaughter in connection with the shooting. Initial witness reports indicate that this could have been an accidental shooting, but very few details have been released. Eric Alton Lee has been charged with manslaughter.

Manslaughter Charges in Jackson

If you or a loved one has been charged with manslaughter or any criminal offense in or around the Jackson area, you need to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys at Coxwell & Associates understand that sometimes "good people make bad choices." They have decades of real experience helping people solve their legal problems.

February 13, 2015

Aggravated Assault in Jackson

On Friday, a Jackson resident was sentenced to 10 years for aggravated assault. According to WJTV News Channel 12, 31-year-old Christopher Wilson was sentenced to 10 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. He will have five years to serve, five years suspended and three years of post-release supervision. His sentencing was delayed since the jury found him guilty in court a month ago.

Victim Stabbed 27 Times

Wilson, in addition to four other co-defendants, were accused of stabbing another pre-trial detainee 27 times while they were inside the Hinds County Detention Center. The victim, who survived the attack, was able to identify the assailants. The article didn't report on what sentences or other charges the co-defendants were also facing.

Assault Charges in Jackson

Circumstances can vary widely from case to case. An arrest for assault can happen in bar fights, domestic disputes and even in correctional holding facilities. While most simple assault charges involve minor fisticuff, slaps or shoves, aggravated assault typically involves weapons and or much greater harm to the other party involved. Aggravated assaults, whether they involve traditional weapons or not, can leave victims in the hospital with severe injuries. This isn't your average bar fight. Listed below are just a few examples of different types of aggravated assault.

Examples of Aggravated Assault

• Stabbing somebody
• Shooting somebody
• Beating somebody with a blunt object
• Using your automobile as a weapon
• Beating and injury somebody very badly
• Using a rope or similar object to choke a person
• Using any type of ordinary everyday object to hurt somebody with

When to Call a Lawyer

After any kind of arrest, whether it's simple assault, aggravated assault or some other type of crime, you need to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. Public defenders are overburdened with enormous caseloads. You need an attorney with the time, resources and skills to devote to your freedom and future.

If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault, contact the skilled defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a case consultation today.

February 13, 2015

Car Crash in South Jackson

On Thursday, a one-car, injury-causing crash happened in South Jackson, near a car wash. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened at Buchanan and John R. Lynch Streets. Apparently, the driver of the automobile swerved to avoid a car that was veering into their lane. When the car swerved, it struck a light pole and flipped into the car wash's driveway.

Authorities did report that speed could have been a factor in this crash. Of the four people inside of the vehicle, one was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. There's no word on that person's current condition or the extent of injuries involved. Additionally, no information has been released on what if anything happened to the car that was veering into the driver's lane. Could it have been a case of distracted driving?

I think we have reached the point with automobiles and cell phones that we have to acknowledge texting and driving is a problem. Just look around you while you are driving. You will see people texting on the interstate. i bet half the people you see are on their phones. There is a law pending in the Mississippi Legislature to make it illegal to text and drive. It failed last year. Let's see what happens this year.

The attorneys at Coxwell & Associates have decades of real experience helping people who have been seriously injured in automobile accidents and in other areas where some person or some company did not follow the rules of safety. The attorneys understand that an injured person will only have one opportunity to obtain a fair recovery (money damages) for the losses and harms they received. If you or someone you know has been seriously injured, call the attorneys who are interested in what is best for you. Call 601-946-1600 or e mail merridac@coxwelllaw.com.

February 6, 2015

Deadly Head-on Collision Involving School Bus

On Thursday, a deadly head-on collision involving a school bus happened in Rankin County. Very little information has been released on how this crash happened, but according to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident occurred on Star Road near New Jerusalem Church Road. For currently unknown reasons, a school bus and another automobile collided head on. At least one fatality has been confirmed in connection with the crash. Additionally, the bus driver also suffered from injuries.

One Dead and Bus Driver Injured

Thankfully, there were no students on the bus at the time of the wreck. The bus driver did suffer from injuries, which were originally described as minor. There's no word on the driver's current condition though. At this time, very few details have been released about the deadly crash. Could it have been a case of distracted driving? Who was going the wrong way, and why did it happen? The Rankin County School District released a statement thanking the first responders and also announcing that the safety and well being of everyone involved is their top priority.

Crashes Involving Buses

Crashes involving buses and other large vehicles can be devastating and deadly for drivers and passengers in smaller vehicles. When crashes involve school buses, there is always the additional concern for the children, but school buses are actually built to keep children relatively safe in the event of a crash. That doesn't mean that it's not possible for children to get injured in bus accidents, but the most dangerous place for a child is actually outside of the bus, when exiting or entering the vehicle.

After a Bus Accident

After any kind of accident, it's a good idea to speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer about your options. This is especially important when somebody else's negligent, distracted or dangerous driving caused your wreck. You could be facing an extensive amount of time missing work during your recovery.

The team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the deceased victim and also wishes the injured bus driver a full and speedy recovery.

If you have been in an serious accident or suffered a serious injury call the attorneys at Coxwell & Associates. The attorneys focus on these types of injuries and they recognize that an injured person will only have one opportunity to obtain fair and reasonable compensation for the harm and loss they have suffered. For a consultation call 601-948-1600.