How Do You Recover Compensation if the Motorist Who Struck You Was Driving a Rental Car?

Published on Jul 8, 2022 at 11:33 am in Car Accidents.

How Do You Recover Compensation if the Motorists Who Struck You Was Driving a Rental Car?

Being struck by another motorist is a terrifying event under any circumstances. After a collision, you may be left to deal with medical bills for your injuries and repair bills for your vehicle. When the accident was caused by the other driver, you need to know that you can recover compensation for the expenses their actions caused.

Every car accident is unique. Most are highly complex events with multiple contributing factors. It’s not always easy to figure out how to obtain compensation on your own. Things can become even more complicated when you discover the other motorist was driving a rented car, not their own vehicle. How do you recover compensation if the motorist who struck you was driving a rental car?

Top 5 Summer Driving Safety Tips

Published on Jun 24, 2022 at 11:25 am in Car Accidents.

summer driving

As the weather turns warm and kids are off school for the summer, families are often eager to escape their homes and visit somewhere new. The summer holiday vacation is practically a rite of passage in America. In 2021, 82% of Americans traveled over the summer. Of those, 73% went on a road trip. 

The lawyers at Pittman Roberts & Welsh, PLLC know that road trips can create memories that last a lifetime, but they also know that they can be dangerous. We want everyone in Mississippi to stay safe this summer, so we’ve compiled our top five summer driving safety tips. 

Does Hands-Free Cellphone Technology Reduce Accident Rates?

Published on Jun 17, 2022 at 1:45 pm in Car Accidents.

By now, most—if not all—drivers in Mississippi should know how dangerous it is to physically manipulate your phone while driving. Whether tapping out a text, scrolling through your latest social media feed, or trying to take a video from behind the wheel, driving while holding a phone is never safe.

For a problem created by technology, technology might also have a solution. Hands-free devices and settings are advertised as alternatives to traditional phone use behind the wheel, allowing drivers to keep their hands and eyes on the road. How often, in reality, do these devices and settings work to stop accidents from occurring? Have accident rates declined since these devices were made mainstream? Below, we’ll attempt to answer these important questions and more.

How Will Your Lawyer Determine Fault in a Wrong-Way Accident?

Published on Jun 10, 2022 at 12:41 pm in Car Accidents.

wrong way sign

Wrong-way accidents, which may also fall into the category of head-on or frontal impact crashes, happen frequently. These collisions perhaps occur most often when a motorist turns down a one-way road or misses signs warning them that an interstate ramp is an off-bound instead of an inbound one. 

Much like any other front-impact crash, wrong-way accidents can cause motorists involved to suffer serious injuries or die. It can be helpful to learn more about this collision type and how your lawyer will determine fault in a wrong-way accident if you or a loved one has become entangled in one of them. 

Can I Use Dashcam Video Footage in My Auto Accident Case?

Published on Jun 10, 2022 at 12:35 pm in Car Accidents.

dashcam footage

Proving liability after an auto accident can be difficult. It’s not enough to simply state your account of the incident to the insurance company and trust they will provide full and fair compensation. Strong evidence to support your claim is often required after an auto accident. 

A dashboard camera (or “dashcam”) can be a valuable tool to help prove liability after a collision. The recording device mounted to your car’s dashboard or windshield can capture the events that unfold on the road, acting as a witness to the circumstances leading to your accident. However, there could be situations in which dashcam footage actually works against you. We’ll discuss those situations below.   

What Are the Leading Causes of Recreational Boating Accidents?

Published on Jun 10, 2022 at 12:31 pm in Boating Accidents.

recreational boating

As the weather gets progressively warmer over the next few months, many individuals will undoubtedly find themselves looking for ways to cool off. One way people tend to do that here in Mississippi is by heading down to the gulf or one of our state’s many lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water.  

You need to keep a few details in mind if hitting the water is in the cards for you this spring and summer. You may want to apprise yourself of the leading causes of recreational boating accidents and how often they occur. 

Where Do Most Slip and Fall Accidents Happen?

Published on Jun 10, 2022 at 12:23 pm in Premises Liability.

slip and fall on banana peel

Accidental injury is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. According to the National Safety Council, accidental injuries can be blamed for an injury every second of the day and one preventable death every three minutes. Accidental injuries may be caused by any number of events, including slip and fall accidents. 

A slip and fall accident may cause severe or even fatal injuries. These types of incidents were responsible for 41,300 (26%) of all preventable deaths in homes and communities in 2020. While you can fall and suffer an injury anywhere, here are some of the more common locations where slip and fall accidents happen: 

How Can Motorists Safely Share the Road With Bicyclists?

Published on Apr 27, 2022 at 10:33 am in Personal Injury.

Bicycle symbol on path

Many bicyclists who found it too bitterly cold here in Mississippi to take their bikes out for a ride during fall, winter, and leading into the early spring often do so as warmer months set in.

Memory lapses can sometimes set in anytime someone takes time off from doing something, and this same logic applies to safely operating a bicycle or sharing the road with bicyclists.

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