August 19th, 2014

CONTRIBUTORY NEGLIGENCE: If the Plaintiff helped in any way to cause his own injury or damage, then the amount of money that he might receive will be produced by the percentage that he was also at fault.

PLAINTIFF: The person who starts a lawsuit by filing the right papers in the proper court.

DEFENDANT: The person who against whom the lawsuit is filed.

NEGLIGENCE: Carelessness or the lack of reasonable precaution, care or action.

CONTRIBUTORY: Sharing cause or responsibility for the damages.

DAMAGES: Money ordered to be paid for harm or injury caused to the Plaintiff by the Defendant.

DUTY: An act that is required by law or expected by society.

PUNITIVE: Causing punishment for a wrongful act.

STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS: The amount of time a person has to file a lawsuit after the injury or damage occurs.

Source: State Justice Institute

In general, with regard to children, in Mississippi a person’s duty towards children is to expect the unexpected. This is different from the duty which is generally owed to an adult, which is to be reasonable.

In Mississippi, a Plaintiff who brings a lawsuit may not show or say that a Defendant has or had insurance to cover the damages he should pay. There is rarely a case where a Defendant who does not have insurance shows up in Court with a lawyer. If you are on a jury and you see a lawyer appointed to a Defendant, in Mississippi, this means they have automobile insurance. Juries are not told about the existence of this insurance coverage. This differs substantially from Louisiana law where there exists direct action statues and jurors are often time told about the availability and amount of insurance coverage available.

If the Plaintiff wins the case, damages may be given in the form of a judgment. If the Defendant does not pay, this judgment can be filed to become a lien against the Defendant’s property. This is rarely the case in Mississippi because the Defendants in car accident cases always have insurance. Generally, the Defendant’s insurance carrier pays the judgment or appeals.

In general in Mississippi, the Plaintiff may ask for personal injury damages. This includes past, present and future damages. The Plaintiff may also ask for and be awarded punitive damages if the Defendant acted in a willful, wanton, gross or reckless disregard for the Plaintiff and his safety.

August 18th, 2014

John Giddens and Baskin Jones appeared on the radio show In Legal Terms answering questions regarding bicycle accidents. Senior associate dean and associate professor of the school of law, University of Mississippi, Matthew R. Hall, participated in the discussion. The rebroadcast of the radio show can be downloaded here. Some of the topics included answering basic questions about bicycles and the law here in Mississippi. For example, here are the topics discussed:

May bicycles use the roads and streets?

Yes. MS Code § 63-3-207 originally House Bill No. 559 of the Regular Session of the Mississippi Legislature was an act to make bicyclists subject to the provisions of traffic law applicable to the drivers of motor vehicles amended to state that every person riding a bicycle upon a highway shall have all the rights and duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle except those provisions which by their nature have no application.

If there is a bike path adjacent to the roadway, does a cyclist have to use it or can they the roadway?

No, provided the bicyclist adheres to all the rules of the road and bike laws, bikes are entitled to all rights of the road that apply to a motor vehicle, including access.


Who has the right of way? Bicycle or car? Do bicycles have to follow the same rules as cars?

According to MS Code § 63-3-207 every person riding a bicycle upon a highway shall have all the rights and duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle except those provisions which by their nature have no application.

Under MS Code § 63-3-1305 (Frerer) a bicyclist must be yielded to in the bicycle lane and motor vehicles may not block the bicycle lane.

Do drivers need to give bicyclists any special treatment when a driver passes a bicyclist?

§ 63-3-1307  (John Paul Frerer Act) enacted in 2010 requires that while passing a bicyclist on a roadway, a motorist shall leave a safe distance of not less than three (3) feet between his vehicle and the bicyclist and shall maintain such clearance until safely past the bicycle.

Do bicyclists need to wear a helmet? What about other safety equipment like lights and reflectors?

Our answer on whether to wear a helmet is always YES but it isn’t the law yet state wide. We think it is important enough to wear helmets that we did a Helmet giveaway – Bicycle riders should check with local authority regarding bicycle helmet laws.

Lights and mirrors- Every bicycle shall be equipped with a lighted white lamp on the front thereof visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of at least five hundred feet in front of such bicycle and shall also be equipped with a reflex mirror reflector or lamp on the rear exhibiting a red light visible under like conditions from a distance of at least five hundred feet to the rear of such bicycle.

Mississippi does have a motorcycle helmet law.

Title 63. Motor Vehicles and Traffic Regulations. Chapter 7. Equipment and identification — General Provisions. Section 63-7-64. Motorcycle Crash Helmets. :

“No person shall operate or ride upon any motorcycle or motor scooter upon the public roads or highways of this state unless such person is wearing on his or her head a crash helmet of the type and design inspected and approved by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. . . .”

May the police ticket bicycles?

Yes, bicyclists are held to: Ride Right (and WITH Traffic)  as close as practical to the right hand curb/edge of roadway except when: Unsafe to do so, When passing another bicycle or vehicle, When preparing for a left turn, When proceeding straight where right turns are permitted and, When necessary to avoid hazardous conditions

No more than 2 abreast: Bicyclists may not ride more than two abreast except when on roads exclusively for bicycles.

Indicate Turns: Bicyclists shall indicate right turns, left turns and stops with hand signals before taking action. Right turn: left arm upward, left arm to square or right arm horizontal to right. Left turn: Left arm extended horizontally Stop: left arm or right arm downward.

Does DUI apply to bicycles?

May differ by municipality but no Statewide law – In Mississippi: Mississippi recognizes all types of motorized vehicles for DUI purposes. Exempted from consideration would be horses, bicycles(not motorized) and other non-motorized vehicles.


States and courts are split on the subject of drunk biking. Some people automatically doubt the amount of harm a bicyclist can cause to others, considering the nature of a bicycle. However, some states and their laws acknowledge that, even assuming a bicyclist likely only harms themselves by drunk biking, an injury to a drunken rider can have a profound effect on others, especially their family members.

In general, where a state law on drunk driving specifically prohibits the operation of a “motor vehicle,” the chances are very high that the law will be interpreted by courts as not applying to bicycles or similar man-powered vehicles. On the other hand, where statutes apply more generally to all “vehicles,” courts sometimes find that bicycles fall into this category.

What are the most common kinds of bicycle accidents in which a lawsuit is possible?

Car approaching, passing or attempting a right turn and hitting a bicyclist.

What if the police determine that the driver did not commit a crime?

Is a civil lawsuit still possible?

Yes, it would be a case of general negligence. Reasonable man standard.

What legal problems typically arise in a bicycle accident cases?

He said she said. Contributory claims.

Is there a risk that a dangerous driver will claim that the bicycle swerved into the road or otherwise caused the accident? Is there anything a cyclist or a lawyer can do to combat this kind of deception?

There is a blog post about this on our blog at In any wreck it is important to get witnesses info, our firm often hires accident reconstructionists who can piece together how the wreck occurred, surveillance video from the area of the wreck.

Even if the driver doesn’t lie, won’t many drivers who cause injuries just say “I didn’t see the cyclist” and claim that the crash was just an “accident” with no fault?

Yes.  This makes clear the need for an attorney.

What should a cyclist do immediately after an accident to help establish the facts for appropriate criminal sanctions or possible civil litigation?

Have someone collect information, do not move vehicle or bike until police arrive, ask witnesses to stay and get contact information, get medical treatment if necessary.
Should accident victims talk with the driver? Should they negotiate responsibility?

It is our experience that you will accomplish very little and that your statements may be used against you in court later. Admission of Party Opponent / Statement against interest.

What information should an accident victim obtain at the scene?

Cards available at our offices which we will send by mail for free to anyone who requests that outline the answers to this question. Witness names, driver information, driver insurance policy number, preliminary report.

What if the accident victim does not need to go to the hospital right after the accident, but begins to experience medical problems later? Is the driver still potentially liable? How long does the victim have to take legal action?

It is a more difficult case, but we see it quite often. With the adrenaline of a wreck often injured individuals do not feel as much pain until the adrenaline wears off. The rule of thumb is if you feel pain, get checked out. Especially so if there was any impact to your head. We work on many cases involving brain injuries and early detection and treatment is crucial.

Are there common problems with police reports that make it harder for cyclists to obtain justice? Can a cyclist do anything to correct or amend a biased or incomplete police report?

Sometimes just one side of the story, lacking in witnesses reports. Until the time the report is complete officers are still gathering information and additional witness statements may be helpful.

Should an accident victim hire a lawyer or represent him/herself?

Often we find the answer to this question is yes. Our offices provide free consultations and we help individuals sort through any number of personal injury or medical malpractice issues every day. These consultations give the individuals we speak with peace of mind.

How do you value an accident claim? What are the components of damages? What documentation does the victim need to establish these damages?

Medical bills and treatment is the largest component, but lost work, pain and suffering, future medicals and future lost work are all a part of each claim.

Will the driver’s insurance company cover all of these damages?

We would be out of a job if insurance companies paid what they should pay in these claims without intervention by an attorney. The first source of any payout will be the driver’s insurance policy. If the damages are greater, there is often a safety net in the injured party’s insurance. Uninsured Motorist coverage. Our office has several active cases involving uninsured motorist coverage which the injured party obtained as a part of their full coverage policy and which is the reason any coverage exists in the claim. UM coverage is the best buy in insurance and we advise carrying as much as possible.

What is an accident reconstructionist and how can such an expert help?

Forensic analysis of the scene of the wreck. We often send these trained individuals to the scene immediately after the wreck to record skid marks, distances and document them  to give an opinion of what happened later.

In the Netherlands, the legal default is that the driver is responsible for any accident with a bicycle unless the driver can prove that the cyclist is at fault. Given the inherent dangerousness of motor vehicles, does this law make sense?

Yes, strict liability between cars / cyclist could be on its way.

Is it possible that driver could be at fault for an accident in which no contact (no collision) occurs?

Could still be negligent per se under the three foot law for entering the three feet of the bicyclist.

Is there any sort of legal liability, civil or criminal, for harassment or road rage in which a driver taunts, “buzzes,” or threatens a cyclist?

Threatening and harassment is prohibited under the John Paul Frerer Law in Mississippi.

What about pedestrian claims against bicyclists? When is a cyclist at fault and liable for injuries?

General negligence or if they run someone over intentional tort.

Personal Injury Attorney John Giddens Discusses Third Party Claims

August 13th, 2014

Any serious injury or death to a loved one or family member, you should call Giddens law firm. Even if you believe it is a Worker’s Compensation matter, you should call us. We handle matters knows as third party liability cases. These are typically known as those that involve Workmen’s Compensation as a remedy, while allowing a plaintiff to recover against other parties, separate and distinct from their employer.

Cases like this can be a minefield. The Worker’s Compensation carrier is entitled to subrogation, or repayment of the monies recovered later in the third party lawsuit.

Obtaining consensus and/or agreements on the front end is the best way to handle this situation.
The following is an example of a third party case we were involved in a couple of years ago: A forklift was left on a job site and that forklift was rented in an unsafe condition or improperly used. For men used the forklift and while it was fully extended over 35 feet in the air it tipped over and crashed.

Workers Compensation paid for the medical bills and temporary or total disability of the survivors . However, issues against the contractor, subcontractors, heavy equipment rental agencies, or manufacturers had to be immediately investigated.

When four families in Mississippi suffered a terrible tragedy on a construction site at the education building at Ole Miss, The Giddens Firm took on the tough case of suing the manufacturer of the all-terrain forklift and the basket which was improperly attached and the rental agency.

Our firm hired the most reputable and well-respected experts from around the country who were knowledgeable and the area of warnings, human factors, manufacturing design, and implementation.
The case ended in a favorable resolution for their clients and their families.

When you are interviewing a prospective attorney or firm, ask the tough questions about whether this prospective firm has had success in the court room with a product liability case. Get details. Where was the case tried.

What was the verdict?

While every case is factually different, a lawyer with experience in handling the type of case you have is a good place to start. What you have to understand when hiring a lawyer is that it is and can be a 2 to 3 year journey or longer. You have to trust implicitly a lawyer and his/her staff to always put your interests first in the litigation and keep you informed throughout the process.

At the Giddens Firm, personal injury is what we have done for over 22 years and it’s always do. We are not afraid to roll our sleeves up and handle tough cases for clients against big insurance companies with unlimited resources.

If you are loved one has sustained a crippling, serious, or devastating/catastrophic personal-injury or a family member has suffered the death, we will help you. We will mobilize our team to the crash site or construction site or going wherever needed to preserve evidence for your case. Call us 24/7, at (888) 335-2022 for immediate help.

Giddens Law Firm Discusses QTIP Trust Cases in Mississippi

August 11th, 2014

Many lawyers set up trusts, at Giddens Law Firm we litigate trust cases.  If you are a beneficiary of a trust that is being administered by a bank, you should know that the bank has certain fiduciary duties and obligations to you as a beneficiary.  At Giddens Law Firm we have handled complex trust litigation against large corporate banks.  Often times, a beneficiary will place their trust in a trust officer.  It is a trust officer’s duty to be fair to all of the beneficiaries whether they are income beneficiaries or remainder beneficiaries.  Often times trust administration officers fail to adhere to the four corners of the trust document by giving preferential treatment to one beneficiary over the other.

An example of a trust which has multiple beneficiaries is a QTIP trust (Qualified Terminable Interest Property) (a QTIP trust is a type of trust that enables the grantor to provide for a surviving spouse and also to maintain control of how the trust’s assets are distributed once the surviving spouse has also died).

A QTIP trust will normally name a spouse as a beneficiary.  The trustee is required to pay at least annually all of the income derived from the trust.  The trustee should have in place policies and procedures and regular income sweeps ensuring the income beneficiary receives all of the income generated.  Often times a QTIP trust will have a provision such as a maintenance provision or a support provision which will allow the trustee, under certain limited circumstances, to invade the principle of the trust.  This type of activity has to be documented.  This is where many banks, trustees, financial institutions and fiduciaries run in to trouble.  If principle is sold and/or liquidated, it has a negative impact on the remainder beneficiaries.

If you feel you have questions regarding your status as a beneficiary and what your rights are as income or remainder beneficiaries under a QTIP or other trusts, you should contact an attorney.  At Giddens Law Firm, we understand trust law and we have the resources available to hold trustees accountable where they have failed in their duties.  We litigate trust issues.   Call today for a free consultation.

Mississippi “Tort Reform”, Horrible Legislation Endangering Injured Mississippians and Their Families

August 10th, 2014

According to the American Medical Association’s own statistics, the number of physicians in the United States has increased by forty (40%) percent since 1990. In 2004, Mississippi enacted tort reform, enacting a one size fits all approach, hardly fair to injured victims, taking away the jury as a way to decide what a victim’s pain and suffering is worth. It is sad that injured Mississippians now have these civil justice restrictions which limit the ability of individuals and families, injured through no fault of their own, to hold negligent healthcare providers accountable. The Mississippi legislature ten (10) years later, continues to ignore that nearly 100,000 people per year are killed as a result of the high rate of medical negligence. There were intent and has succeeded in limiting victim’s right while padding the profits of the insurance industry.

Consider the former insurance commissioner, Jay Angoff, who found in a 2005 study that insurance companies have been sticking to the doctors, raising their insurance premiums even though the claims/pay-outs have been on the decline. Research shows that a simple look at the annual statements of the largest insurance companies, premiums rose by 120.2% between 2000 and 2004 while their claim pay-outs rose by 5.7 %. American Association for Justice

Many injured victims and their families in Mississippi ask me how could their legislature protect big businesses and insurance companies over the actual people who voted to put them into office. Most of the insurance companies do not even have their principle place of business in Mississippi and are only conducting business here.

The Giddens Law Firm continues to fight for justice making our case to the public and to our clients telling the real story about the civil justice system. It is state and local trial lawyers who have an unwavering commitment to justice that ensures that every individual and family in Mississippi is on a level playing field in the courtroom. Giddens Law Firm holds wrongdoers accountable.

Giddens Law Firm works to make sure any person who is injured by the misconduct and/or negligence of others can get justice in the courtroom even in the face of taking on the most powerful of interests.

The political process in Mississippi has allowed drug and oil industries, big insurance companies and other large corporations to engulf, surpass and overtake the interests of the common, every day, blue-collar, 9-5, hard-working and independent Mississippian and their families.

A Look at Hit and Run Accidents in Mississippi

July 30th, 2014

Under Mississippi law, when you have been involved in an accident, you must stop at the scene of the accident and exchange information with the driver of the other vehicle or the owner of the property that was damaged.  It is a criminal offense to flee the scene of an accident.

Despite clear Mississippi laws in place, hit and run accidents can and do occur with alarming regularity.  A hit and run accident happens when the driver flees the scene of the accident.  When the driver takes off, this leaves the victim of the accident often wondering how their medical bills will be paid or their car repaired.  While being involved in a hit and run may make your recovery more complex, it is important that hit and run accident victims understand they do have avenues for recovery and can often experience a complete compensation.

Types of Hit and Run Accidents

Hit and run accidents can occur in a variety of ways.  The most obvious is when a vehicle strikes your vehicle and the driver flees the scene of the accident.  Often, hit and run accidents of this nature involve intoxicated drivers who flee the scene to avoid arrest for driving while under the influence.  Sometimes, drunk drivers can even be so inebriated they fail to realize they have been involved in an accident.  A hit and run accident can also involve a pedestrian or bicycle rider.  When a driver hits either of these categories of victims, then leaves the scene of the accident, it will be considered a hit and run.

Hit and run accidents can additionally occur even no physical conduct has been involved in the accident.  For instances, when one car causes another to crash into another object or a bicyclist to swerve off the road and hit an obstacle, this will be deemed a hit and run even though the fleeing driver’s vehicle never came into contact with anything.

Recovering from a Hit and Run Accident

When a hit and run accident occurs, the police and other law enforcement will attempt to uncover the identity of the fleeing driver.  This can often be accomplished through your testimony, witness testimony, and traffic cameras.  At times, the driver will later turn themselves in, particularly if alcohol was involved in the initial accident but the driver has since sobered.

If the driver is found, he or she will be liable in a personal injury suit for not only all of your compensable damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, but could face punitive damages as well.  Punitive damages are inflicted to prevent the hit and run driver and others like him or her from engaging in such conduct.  Punitive damages can be substantial.

If the driver cannot be located, victims of hit and run accidents can generally recover through their insurance policies.  Drivers in Mississippi can seek compensation under their uninsured/uninsured motorist policy.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Offering Experienced Representation to Hit and Run Accident Victims

The Mississippi Automobile Accident Lawyers at Giddens Law Firm, P.A. urge anyone who has been injured in hit and run accident or any other sort of vehicle related crash to contact us for assistance.  Our experienced automobile accident attorneys understand the special issues involved in a hit and run crash.  Using our breadth of knowledge, we will guide you through the legal process to a full recovery.  Our case reviews are always free and confidential.  Call us today at (601) 355-2022 to see how one of our skilled auto accident attorneys can help you.

Think Trial Lawyers Are Greedy? Think Again!

July 23rd, 2014

A recent article published by Public Justice examines how top companies are willing to sacrifice public safety in order to preserve profits. Trial lawyers protect the public by holding these companies accountable. Trial lawyers that obtain big judgements and verdicts help deter companies from putting profits over people. That is what trial lawyers and litigation does to serve public safety.

Call attorney John D. Giddens for a free consultation if you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of another.

T-Bone Accidents on Mississippi Roadways

July 17th, 2014

Numerous types of accidents occur on Mississippi roadways each day.  One of the most common and dangerous types of accidents are T-bone collisions.  T-bone accidents happen in intersections throughout Mississippi’s many roadways.  These side impact crashes generally occur at intersections where vehicles are changing directions or there are different traffic signals that control the movement of traffic through converging roads.  T-bone accidents occur when two vehicles are traveling perpendicular or at a right angle to one another, or one vehicle is driving through an intersection when another turns into the path of the oncoming vehicle, creating a T-shaped accident.

While all accidents hold the potential to cause serious injuries, T-bone crashes are known to be catastrophic.  A contributing factor to the seriousness of these accidents is the ineffectiveness of side airbags.  Numerous studies have demonstrated that side airbags offer little protection to crash victims.  Door frames alone do not protect innocent passengers and drivers when a fast moving vehicle pummels into them.  Studies have actually shown that when a vehicle intrudes into another vehicle by as little as six inches, the occupants of the vehicle, especially those in the seat on the side impacted, are highly likely to suffer serious injuries.

Some injuries commonly associated with T-bone crashes include:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Back injuries
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Fractured ribs
  • Broken bones
  • Punctured lungs
  • Neck injuries
  • Damage to the heart
  • Internal organ damage
  • Amputation
  • Lacerations
  • Permanent disfigurement or disability
  • Death

Most T-bone accidents can be attributed to driver negligence, caused when a driver ignores traffic signals or fails to yield at a traffic signal.  Many T-bone accidents occur for the following reasons:

  • A driver fails to yield the right of way when making a turn into an intersection
  • A driver pulls into an intersection without checking for oncoming cars, trucks, or motorcycles
  • A driver does not stop at a traffic light or stop sign
  • A driver fails to yield the right of way when traveling through an intersection
  • A driver anticipates another driver will stop and turns in front of it, only to have the driver not stop
  • A driver behaves in an aggressive manner and attempts to turn quickly in front of an approaching vehicle or drives too fast through an intersection
  • A driver is not paying attention to the road and fails to observe a traffic signal, oncoming vehicle, or stop sign

When a T-bone accident occurs, it will be necessary to analyze fault.  These accidents can be caused by either driver, though often it is the driver that impacted the side of the other vehicle that is responsible for the crash.  Sometimes fault will be assigned to both parties in the side impact crash.  This will not, however, bar recovery in a Mississippi personal injury action.  An experienced car accident attorney will investigate your crash and help you fight for a full recovery.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Zealous Representation for All Car Accident Victims

The Mississippi Automobile Accident Lawyers at Giddens Law Firm, P.A. urge anyone who has been injured in T-bone or any other sort of car accident to contact us for assistance.  Our experienced automobile accident attorneys will examine your crash and determine whether it was caused by the negligence of another.  We will then guide you through the legal process to a full recovery.  Our case reviews are always free and confidential.  Call us today at (601) 355-2022 to see how one of our skilled auto accident attorneys can help you.


Mississippi Car Accident Attorney Discusses the Dangers of Rollover Accidents

July 5th, 2014

Rollover accidents occur when a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), truck, van, pickup truck, or car, flips over on its roof or side.  Rollover accidents are the primary cause of death in SUV crashes and the second cause, after only head-on collisions, of vehicle related accident deaths overall.  Each year, nearly 10,000 vehicles are involved in fatal rollover crashes.  Even when a rollover accident does not result in death, they lead to serious and catastrophic injuries.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rollover accidents are more likely than any other sort of crash to result in fatalities.

Recently, a Brownwood, Mississippi man was killed in a rollover crash.  Howard L. Adams, just 23 years old, was driving his Ford SUV when the vehicle left the road and overturned on Interstate 20 near the Toomsuba exit.  Adams was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the rolled-over vehicle.  He died at the scene of the accident.

Factors Contributing to Rollover Accidents

The following is a list of factors that cause or contribute to rollover accidents:

  • Top heavy or unstable vehicles: Vehicles that are tall and have a high center of gravity, such as SUVs, trucks, minivans, vans, and buses, are more likely to be involved in rollover crashes than smaller passenger vehicles or compact cars.  The increased height of these tall vehicles makes them less stable and more prone to rollover.  Securing objects like luggage, kayaks, or bikes, to the tops of these vehicles will make them even more prone to rollover.  Isuzu Troopers, Ford Broncos, and Mitsubishi Monteros have becomes notorious for being involved in serious rollover accidents.
  • Jerking of the wheel and “trips:” Many rollovers occur when the driver makes a sudden sharp or jerking of the wheel, or hits a “trip” such as a median, curb, or guardrail.  Tripping occurs most often when the vehicle is driving at high speeds and one side of the vehicle hits an object, forcing it to become airborne.  In fact, the U.S. Department of Transportation has found that nearly 95% of all rollovers can be attributed to “tripping.”
  • Multiple vehicle accidents: When vehicles, particularly those already prone to rollover as mentioned above, are struck by another vehicle in the side, rollovers can occur.  These sorts of accidents account for about 20% of all rollover accidents.
  • Speeding and distracted driving: Speeding and driver distraction are common causes of all vehicle related crashes and both contribute to a large number of rollovers.  Distracted drivers that take their eyes off the road or even just their minds off the road for a matter of moments can drift from the road, hitting an object, or strike another vehicle.  Rollovers will commonly occur in this manner.
  • Wet weather: Bad weather conditions create an increased likelihood of car accidents.  When a vehicle already prone to rollover skids on a slippery surface, the driver may be forced to correct the wheel and accidentally cause a rollover.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Zealous Representation for All Car Accident Victims

The Mississippi Car Accident Lawyers at Giddens Law Firm, P.A. urge anyone who has been injured in rollover or any other sort of accident to contact us for assistance.  Our experienced automobile accident attorneys will examine your crash and determine whether it was caused by the negligence of another.  We will then guide you through the legal process to a full recovery.  Our case reviews are always free and confidential.  Call us today at (601) 355-2022 to see how one of our skilled auto accident attorneys can help you.

Flying Bounce Houses and Dangerous Rides: How You Can Protect Your Children

July 3rd, 2014

Recently, several frightening accidents involving inflatable “bounce houses” have called attention to the dangers that lurk in some children’s entertainment equipment.  On May 13, 2014, an inflatable bounce house manufactured by Little Tikes was set up as a backyard activity for kids.  The bounce house was being used by several children when it suddenly blew 100 feet into the air.  Luckily, all three children fell out of the bounce house before it soared that high into the sky.

Two boys, ages five and six, fell out of the structure as it was taking off, at a height of about 20 feet.  One of the boys landed on a parked car after being tossed by the bounce house and the other landed on asphalt.  Both children suffered serious injuries and were rushed to the Albany Medical Center Hospital.  A girl inside the bounce house also fell and suffered minor scrapes.

Weeks after this alarming incident, another bounce house accident injured at least two children.  In Jefferson County, Colorado, a bounce house with an inflatable slide was set up as part of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Jamboree.  The bounce house suddenly came free and began to roll across the field.  Parents and students ran to avoid being struck by the runaway inflatable.  A girl that was going down the slide at the time of its take off flew some eight feet into the air.  A boy was still trapped inside as the slide blew between 200 and 300 feet.  He was injured in the accident but not severely.

The Colorado inflatable slide was operated by a company called Airbound.  Airbound has stated the slide was staked down and proper precautions taken.  In the case of the first bounce house, manufactured by Little Tikes, it does appear the house was staked down but it is unclear what sort of instructions accompanied the inflatable.

Parents are cautioned to follow the steps below before allowing their child to use an inflatable either at home or set up by an event company:

  • Check to see that the ride has been securely anchored.  All bounce houses must be well staked into the ground and properly tied.
  • Observe whether the operator is strictly limiting the number of people on the ride at one time.  Each ride has safety limits that must be observed.
  • Look at the inflation of the ride itself.  Does it appear overloaded or unstable?
  • Check the blower inflating the ride.  Is it properly connected? If it becomes unplugged, the ride could collapse and possibly injure riders.

If your child has been injured in an inflatable bounce house or any other sort of children’s ride, he or she may be able to seek compensation for injuries sustained in a personal injury or defective products suit.  Bounce house accidents are generally caused by one of two scenarios: operator negligence or product malfunction.  In the event of any accident, it is important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who can investigate the incident and determine potential avenues for recovery.        

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Protecting Mississippi’s Precious Children

The Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys at Giddens Law Firm, P.A. urge anyone whose child has been injured in a bounce house or other piece of child entertainment equipment to contact us for assistance.  Our experienced personal injury attorneys will your child’s accident and determine whether it was caused by the negligence of another.  We will then guide you through the legal process to a full recovery.  Our case reviews are always free and confidential.  Call us today at (601) 355-2022 to see how one of our skilled personal injury attorneys can help you.