How Do Defective Hitches Cause Truck Accidents?

Published on Aug 10, 2022 at 2:15 pm in Truck Accidents.

Most of us drive alongside large trucks on a daily basis, no matter whether we only navigate city streets here in Jackson or highways and major interstates. While sharing the road with truckers makes some of us uncomfortable for various reasons, one danger you may not often consider is the prospect of a truck having a defective hitch.

How Do Pre-Existing Conditions Affect Personal Injury Claims?

Published on Jul 22, 2022 at 1:33 pm in Personal Injury.

How Do Pre-Existing Conditions Affect Personal Injury Claims?

In personal injury cases, “pre-existing condition” can be a heavy term. A pre-existing condition is, in short, a health condition the injured party already had prior to the accident that caused their most recent injury. A pre-existing condition is also one of the most common reasons insurance companies cite when denying or undervaluing a personal injury claim.

So how do pre-existing conditions affect personal injury claims? A falsehood many insurance companies lead injured victims to believe is that most people have a completely clean bill of health before an accident. That’s simply not true. Almost everyone who is involved in a personal injury accident—whether a car accident, slip and fall, or medical malpractice incident—has some kind of underlying health condition.

What Crash Risks Do Drivers Face in Parking Garages?

Published on Jul 8, 2022 at 11:39 am in Car Accidents.

What Crash Risks Do Drivers Face in Parking Garages?

Land comes at a cost, especially in densely populated or highly trafficked areas, such as downtown Jackson, MS. Price is one of the main factors that motivate property owners to construct parking garages or decks alongside their structures, including office buildings, shopping centers, sports facilities, universities, or apartment complexes. Parking decks have a small footprint yet afford hundreds if not thousands of motorists the ability to easily access an establishment.

Parking garages allow property owners to offer customers, employees, residents, or whoever else may use their premises a place to leave their vehicle while going about their activities. While most people see parking garages as a convenience, they can also be a big liability for crashes.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.   

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