Tragedy struck late last month when a member of the Mississippi Valley State football team died in a one-car accident in Itta Bena, MS. Three other players were also injured in the wreck which happened late one Thursday night.
The driver, Kevin Monzon, was a place-kicker for the Mississippi Valley football team. According to police, the 19-year-old died at the scene of the Lefore County accident. Marcus Thompson, a junior at Mississippi Valley, was airlifted to University Medical Center in Jackson, MS for treatment of critical injuries. Two other football players, Rogers James and Joseph Hadnett, were taken to nearby Greenwood-Leflore Hospital for treatment of less severe injuries.
Police have not yet revealed the cause of the deadly accident, though the cause is much less important than the tragic result. Losing a loved one is always hard, but especially when the victims are so young. Mississippi recently won the terrible distinction of being named the deadliest state in the nation in terms of car accident fatalities. NBC News reported that Mississippi averaged 784 fatal car accidents each year between 2007 and 2009. This breaks down to an average auto fatality rate of 26.7 out of 100,000 people, the highest in the U.S.
If you have been injured in a Mississippi auto accident it can be confusing to know where to turn for help. The thought of filing a civil lawsuit for damages is daunting for most people and full of complexities. One aspect of such personal injury suits that is important to understand is what damages a victim is legally entitled to seek. The first category of damages is known as compensatory damages. This variety of damages is meant to ensure you are put back into the same financial position you were in before the accident. These include damages for things such as medical bill, lost wages, property damage and rehabilitation. For example, if you were injured in a Mississippi auto accident and were forced to miss work, you could sue for compensatory damages to cover your medical bills, medications and follow-up visits in addition to lost wages and any long-term damage that may have been done to your career as a result of your absence.
The other category of compensation people who have suffered personal injuries are able to receive is punitive damages. These damages are meant to punish the responsible party and set an example for others who might consider engaging in similar behavior in the future. For example, in cases where there was especially reckless conduct, a person or a company can be ordered to pay punitive damages to send a message to others that such carelessness will not be tolerated in the future.
Accidents like this one require the assistance of an experienced lawyer, particularly if you want justice and a fair settlement. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a car accident resulting from someone’s negligence, please contact the Jackson / Ridgeland auto accident lawyers at Kilpatrick & Philley at (601) 856-7800.
Source: “Mississippi Valley State player dies in car accident,” published at FoxNews.com.
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