How Common Are Car Accidents?

Published on Jan 16, 2024 at 3:25 pm in Car Accidents.

  How Common Are Car Accidents

A State Highway Safety Report from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) states an upward trend in Mississippi car accidents, with 772 fatalities and 3,562 serious injuries from car accidents in 2021. This matches the overall increase for the United States as there were 46,980 total motor vehicle fatalities in 2021, an 11% rise from 2020, as shown by data from the National Safety Council (NSC).

Car accidents happen every day all around us, and sometimes we’re involved despite our best efforts to stay safe on the road. These accidents can range from minor fender benders to very serious or fatal major crashes. According to the data mentioned above, roughly 64 people died each month in Mississippi from car accidents in 2021. That’s about two to three car accident fatalities every day.

Do Police Automatically Send My Collision Investigation Report to Insurers?

Published on Oct 6, 2023 at 6:42 pm in Car Accidents.

Do Police Automatically Send My Collision Investigation Report to Insurers
You got in a car accident. You called 911 to have the police come to the crash scene to create a report. Now, you’re wondering if the police automatically send your collision investigation report to insurers or if you need to secure a copy of it and get it to them yourself. Our Jackson car crash attorneys will address that question below and also other steps you should take following an accident.

When Should Car Accident Claims Be Settled?

Published on Jul 28, 2023 at 5:37 pm in Car Accidents.

When Should Car Accident Claims Be Settled
You’ve been hurt in an auto accident, and now you need help with your medical bills, car repairs, daily expenses, and more. Where do you turn for help? If another driver’s negligent or reckless behavior behind the wheel played a role in your wreck, Mississippi state law affords you the right to recover compensation for your accident-related damages.

Compensation for motor vehicle accidents is typically paid through the at-fault party’s auto insurer. In the majority of cases, these injury claims are settled without anyone ever having to go to court. However, Pittman Roberts & Welsh, PLLC cautions against accepting the first settlement offer that comes your way. Let’s take a more in-depth look at when car accident claims should be settled.

How To Find Out if Someone Has Car Insurance

Published on May 26, 2023 at 4:29 pm in Car Accidents.

How To Find Out if Someone Has Car Insurance

You’re injured, hurting, and need compensation to support your post-accident recovery. So if you didn’t cause the crash, who pays for these costs? Mississippi is an “at-fault” state for car accident liability. This means that whoever is responsible for causing a crash is also responsible for any related damages or costs incurred by victims. These costs are generally covered by the at-fault party’s auto insurer.

However, in the confusion that so often follows an accident, do you know how to find out if someone has car insurance?

How To Get a Crash Accident Report in Mississippi

Published on May 5, 2023 at 4:48 pm in Car Accidents.

How To Get a Crash Accident Report in Mississippi

There are a lot of things to worry about after being involved in a traffic accident. Seeking medical care, notifying your insurance company, and working to fix or replace your vehicle are usually among the most pressing needs following a collision.

If you’re filing an insurance claim or seeking compensation from the at-fault party’s auto insurer, there are several pieces of critical evidence you will need to secure. One of the most important pieces of evidence after a vehicle collision is the police accident report.

Below, we’ll walk you through the steps of how to get a crash accident report in Mississippi.

How Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Affects Driving Ability

Published on Apr 14, 2023 at 5:16 pm in Car Accidents.

How Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Affects Driving Ability

Celebrating a birthday, college graduation, or wedding with a drink is a common practice that many Mississippi residents participate in. While there’s nothing wrong with toasting to the goodwill of friends and loved ones, it can become a problem when a person decides to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle after a night of drinking.

Most people underestimate how much alcohol has affected them and overestimate their driving abilities. At Pittman Roberts & Welsh, PLLC, we would like to stress the importance of not driving after drinking. If you remain unconvinced, consider the ways in which blood alcohol concentration (BAC) affects driving ability.

Determining the Value of a Car After an Accident

Published on Mar 17, 2023 at 7:07 pm in Car Accidents.

Determining the value of a car after an accident
Being in a car accident is a scary experience for anyone—no matter how minor or severe the crash. Your first concern should always be the safety and well-being of yourself and any passengers that were in the vehicle at the time of the collision.

But once all injuries are treated, and the dust has settled, there’s often another looming issue: determining the value of a car after an accident.

Any vehicle property damage incurred in the collision will have an effect on the value of your car post-crash. It’s very possible that you will be dealing with diminished value, which can impact how much you can sell your car for in the future. Even a new car completely repaired after an accident can have a lower market value than an older one that was never involved in a crash.

How Many Car Accident Fatalities Happen in Mississippi?

Published on Feb 10, 2023 at 8:23 pm in Car Accidents.

How Many Car Accident Fatalities Happen in Mississippi
The greatest tragedy of most motor vehicle deaths is that they could have been prevented. While statistics tell us how many car accident fatalities happen in Mississippi each year, these numbers can never convey the devastation each family experiences when a loved one is lost.

The Jackson personal injury law firm of Pittman Roberts & Welsh, PLLC advocates for victims of Mississippi motor vehicle crashes involving wrongful death. If you have questions regarding a motor vehicle collision in which you or a loved one were involved, please contact our office to schedule a free case evaluation.

How Long Should I Be Off Work for Whiplash?

Published on Jan 6, 2023 at 5:53 pm in Car Accidents.

How Long Should I Be Off Work for Whiplash?
Whiplash is a common soft tissue injury many people experience at some point in their lives. Many people suffer a whiplash injury in a motor vehicle accident, but it can also stem from other incidents such as falling from a height or being struck by something.

The result of whiplash is pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulder region, making it difficult to move your head or work properly.

Throughout the remainder of this article, we will explain what whiplash is and delve a bit deeper into what causes this injury. We will also tackle how long you should be off work for whiplash as well as how to tell when you might be ready to return to work after suffering an injury accident here in Mississippi.

What Questions Will an Adjuster Ask After a Car Accident?

Published on Dec 2, 2022 at 5:51 pm in Car Accidents.

What Questions Will an Adjuster Ask After a Car Accident
You have been involved in a car accident. What happens next?

Auto collision victims are often surprised to find that insurance adjusters begin contacting those days or even hours after a collision. This gives accident survivors very little time to gather their thoughts and prepare for a conversation. Insurance companies take advantage of this fact, often contacting policyholders when they are still disoriented and emotionally vulnerable in the wake of an accident.

What questions will an adjuster ask after a car accident? Read on to learn more about the questions you can expect to receive—and the answers that will best protect you from being taken advantage of by the insurance company.

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