Mississippi high court allows MDOT lawsuit in Bandidos leader's death

The Mississippi Supreme Court has refused to throw out a negligent lawsuit against the Mississippi Department of Transportation over the death of a Gulfport Bandidos Chapter officer when he lost control of his motorcycle  in a construction zone on I-10 in December 2010.


Christopher Adams died from injuries he sustained when his motorcycle wrecked on Interstate 10 in Jackson County. After traveling north on I-110 in Harrison County, Adams merged onto an eastbound lane of I-10, where he entered a construction zone. According to the complaint, Adams inadvertently drove into a closed lane and then, when he tried to navigate back into an open lane, his motorcycle hit an uneven surface between lanes and “rotated.” Adams was thrown from his motorcycle and into traffic, where two other vehicles hit him, causing injuries from which he later died.

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Adams’s spouse, Dominique, filed suit against MDOT, the Mississippi Transportation Commission and Millette Brothers Construction Co. Inc. alleging the following:

  • Failing to comply with the Mississippi Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction
  • Failing to comply with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
  • Failing to place proper warnings in advance of the lane closures
  • Failing to place proper warnings in advance of the uneven pavement
  •  Failing to act with ordinary and reasonable care under the circumstances of the subject construction zone
  • Creating and allowing a known and unreasonably dangerous and hazardous condition to exist in the subject construction zone in reckless disregard for the safety of citizens traveling through the subject construction zone
  • Failing to erect and/or maintain warning signs to alert travelers along the subject construction zone to the fact that dangerous conditions existed as a result of said construction being performed

MDOT and MTC filed the motion asking a a lower court judge to dismiss the case, citing immunity and to hold their summary-judgment motion in abeyance and to enter a scheduling order for discovery on its immunity defenses.

Jackson County Circuit Judge Robert Krebs denied the motion in 2014. The state Supreme Court agreed with Krebs Thursday in an opinion.

The Bandidos have been described as motorcycle club by their members. Law enforcement have referred to them as an outlaw group.

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