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What You Need to Know About U-Turn Laws in Mississippi

Published on Sep 11, 2019 at 1:55 pm in Car Accidents.

Have you ever been travelling south down a highway, just to find out that you actually need to be going north? To solve the problem, you decide to make a U-turn. But is that legal? Before making the turn, you check your surroundings for signs. Even if you don’t see a sign prohibiting U-turns, they still could be illegal in certain areas of Mississippi.

It makes sense why they might be illegal. A dangerous maneuver, like a U-turn requires extreme caution to avoid a traffic collision. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), U-turns account for about 2 percent of all car accidents. So are they legal?

Why Is Road Splitting So Dangerous?

Published on Sep 5, 2019 at 9:18 am in Motorcycle Accidents.

Motorcyclists on side of road

Have you ever been sitting in your vehicle in standstill traffic, and all of a sudden, a motorcycle zoomed past you? They couldn’t have passed you in a lane because the other stopped cars all around you filled them. Instead, they were driving on the dotted lines and passed you in between the lanes. This is called road splitting or lane splitting. Even though it is legal in California and other parts of the world, road splitting is illegal in all the other states and is a dangerous practice that can cause serious accidents for motorcyclists and vehicle drivers alike.

Privacy Rights You Need to Know as a Plaintiff in a Personal Injury Case

Published on Aug 29, 2019 at 10:48 am in Personal Injury.

Gavel on striking block

With how information is shared today, it can seem like everyone has unlimited access to information through a variety of means. The U.S. Supreme Court, however, believes in a person’s right to privacy. When an accident victim files a personal injury case, they have privacy rights that are important to be aware of. If you’re the plaintiff in that type of case, knowing what you need to disclose versus what you can keep private can help you build a strong case. Your lawyer will be able to explain your rights to you as they apply to your circumstances, but let’s go over the basics.

A Brief Guide to Mississippi Auto Insurance Laws

Published on Aug 23, 2019 at 3:42 pm in Car Accidents.

No matter where in Mississippi you’re driving, there’s always the chance for an accident. Negligent and reckless drivers make decisions that injure people on a daily basis. Car insurance laws are in place to ensure victims have access to the funds they need to recover. If you reside in Mississippi it’s important to understand the state’s auto insurance laws. This will ensure you are meeting the requirements and making the road a safer place.

Minimum Insurance Requirements in Mississippi

In order to ensure accident victims have access to the compensation they need to recover from a crash, all drivers in Mississippi are required to maintain and carry liability insurance. Strict minimum amounts of coverage are required. Drivers must have $25,000 liability coverage for bodily injury or death of one person, $50,000 for total bodily injury or death, and $25,000 for property damage.

What to Do for a Victim of Shock After a Car Accident

Published on Aug 15, 2019 at 10:00 am in Car Accidents.

Paramedics getting person in stretcher out of ambulance

Since around 3 million people are injured each year in car accidents, it’s not surprising that some of those injuries are serious. Even though serious injuries might not be immediately apparent, they can cause a victim to go into shock. Shock is when there is insufficient blood flow through the body. It is typically caused by internal bleeding, severe burns, and serious injuries to the heart, nervous system, or organs.

Shock often leads to even worse conditions, like oxygen deprivation, heart attacks, organ damage, and even death. If a victim of a car accident is displaying signs of shock, it’s important to get them medical attention right away.

The Pros and Cons of Getting an MRI After Filing a Car Accident Claim

Published on Aug 9, 2019 at 10:17 am in Car Accidents.

When you have to seek medical treatment because a negligent driver caused an accident, there are a number of tests your doctor may want to run. You may be concerned about the associated costs, but it’s important to remember that you can seek compensation for your injuries. One of the most common diagnostic tests a physician will order is an MRI. There are pros and cons of getting an MRI after filing a car accident claim. It’s important to understand those advantages and disadvantages, so you can make the best decision for your health and wellbeing.

How Long Do Hit-and-Run Accident Cases Stay Open?

Published on Jul 31, 2019 at 3:52 pm in Car Accidents.

Car crashes, even minor ones, are stressful to deal with. The stress is amplified when the other driver involved in your accident intentionally drives off, leaving the scene. This is referred to as a hit-and-run accident. Examples include when a person strikes your car while you’re both driving and they speed off in the opposite direction to avoid speaking with you, when a driver strikes a car in a parking lot and leaves without providing information, or when a drunk driver flees an accident scene to avoid being charged with a DUI.

One of the most prevalent challenges for the victim of a hit-and-run is finding the driver who caused the accident and abandoned the scene. Depending on the circumstances, the case may be resolved easily, or it could take time. In some cases, the negligent party may never be found.

What Summer Toys Are the Most Dangerous for Children?

Published on Jul 24, 2019 at 1:40 pm in Product Liability.

When summertime arrives in Jackson, children have the opportunity to enjoy the hot weather and explore the outdoors. There are a number of children’s toys that are on the market that encourage developmental milestones. Toys like bicycles, swimming pools, and trampolines encourage physical fitness, balancing, coordination, self-awareness, and more.

Unfortunately, not every toy on the market is safe for kids to play with. There are some summer toys that are dangerous for children. It’s important for parents and guardians to be aware of what they’re children are playing with. If a child is wrongfully injured by a defective product, a personal injury claim can be filed. Pittman Roberts & Welsh, PLLC are here to support families and help injured parties recover from accidents that never should have happened in the first place.

Can I File a Personal Injury Claim on Behalf of an Injured Family Member?

Published on Jul 19, 2019 at 10:46 am in Personal Injury.

It’s hard to see a family member in serious pain or incapacitated after an accident. As their loved one, it’s natural to want to do something to help them fight for justice if they’re in a situation where they can’t take legal action for themselves. If they’re incapacitated, they may not be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. So what can you do?

If your loved one has legally appointed you to manage their affairs, you can file a personal injury claim normally through power of attorney. Otherwise, you can petition in court to appoint yourself as their guardian. This way, you can handle their legal endeavors similarly to power of attorney.

What’s the Most Common Car Accident Injury?

Published on Jul 10, 2019 at 1:28 pm in Car Accidents.

In a car accident, a person’s head might get quickly whipped around from one side to another, otherwise known as whiplash. This soft tissue injury can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling in the neck and shoulders. In fact, whiplash is the most common car accident injury. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), it affects nearly 75% of crash victims.

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