How To Recover Compensation From a Hit-and-Run Accident

Published on Jun 4, 2024 at 3:47 pm in Car Accidents.

How to recover compensation from a hit-and-run accident

A hit-and-run accident occurs when a driver flees the scene without stopping to exchange information or provide aid.

Unfortunately, these accidents can happen anywhere.

In most car crashes, the victims can identify the responsible party and collect compensation from them. But what happens when the driver is unknown? Well, that can lead to several challenges.

Victims of hit-and-run accidents often face an uphill battle when trying to recover damages. In many cases, identifying the responsible driver can be difficult. Let’s examine how to recover compensation from a hit-and-run accident in Jackson, MS.

How To Tell if a Car’s Brakes Need to Be Replaced

Published on May 21, 2024 at 5:18 pm in Car Accidents.

How To Tell if a Car's Brakes Need to Be Replaced

If you research the different factors that contribute to car accidents, you’ll find car maintenance issues on that list.

Some reports suggest that there are, on average, around 45,000 crashes across the nation that are attributable to this. Other estimates show that as much as 20% of all auto accidents that occur in our country are caused by a lack of roadworthiness. While most of these wrecks appear to be attributable to tire issues, there are undoubtedly some that can be blamed on brake issues.

What State Has the Highest Car Accident Fatality Rate?

Published on May 14, 2024 at 3:27 pm in Car Accidents.

Having your driver’s license is a privilege many Americans enjoy, and while most drivers are safe out on the road, not everyone is. Accidents happen every day in every state, causing damage and injuries and often the deaths of those involved.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), it’s estimated that nearly 43,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2021, equating to 12.9 deaths per 100,000 people. That number is sobering to think about, and it brings up the question, “What state has the highest car accident fatality rate?”

Keep reading to find out.

The Top Causes of Car Accidents in Mississippi

Published on Apr 23, 2024 at 3:49 pm in Car Accidents.

Driving on Mississippi’s roads can be a beautiful experience, with its expansive landscapes and scenic routes.

However, it’s important to stay vigilant because the state also experiences its fair share of car accidents. Understanding the primary causes of these accidents can help drivers take precautions to stay safe on the road.

Let’s look at some of the top causes of car accidents that we’ve seen at Pittman Roberts & Welsh, PLLC, and explore ways to prevent them.

Do I Have To Give a Statement After a Car Accident?

Published on Apr 9, 2024 at 3:20 pm in Car Accidents.

Car accidents can be traumatic experiences. Often, you are left feeling shaken and uncertain about taking the next steps. Once you make a claim, you might wonder if you have to give a statement after a car accident to an insurance company.

At Pittman, Roberts & Welsh, PLLC, we understand that you may be anxious about talking to an insurance adjuster or anyone else about the accident. In many cases, you are not obligated to provide any type of account of the incident. Here is what you need to know about rights when it comes to statements after an accident.

Can Dash Cam Footage Help a Car Accident Claim?

Published on Apr 2, 2024 at 3:05 pm in Car Accidents.

Many drivers are turning to dash cameras for their vehicles. These devices can become a vital part of a claim if you are involved in an accident. Not only do they record your actions, but also those of the other drivers. That can give you indisputable evidence in a car accident case.

If you would like to learn more, let’s look at why you should consider adding a dash camera to your vehicle.

The Mental Impact of a Severe Car Accident

Published on Mar 26, 2024 at 2:51 pm in Car Accidents.

The mental impact of a severe car accident

Car accidents can be life-altering events. Not only do they cause physical injuries, but mental ones as well.

When we think of the aftermath of a severe crash, we often focus on the physical injuries sustained by those involved.

At Pittman, Roberts & Welsh, PLLC, we have seen how the emotional and mental toll can be damaging for severe car accident survivors. Let’s take a look into the mental impact of these traumatic incidents and explore coping strategies for survivors.

Do You Need Uninsured Motorist Coverage in Mississippi?

Published on Mar 20, 2024 at 3:38 pm in Car Accidents.

While a certain minimum vehicle insurance is mandated in Mississippi, uninsured motorist coverage is not. Uninsured motorist (UM) coverage is extra insurance protection if a driver is in an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver.

Uninsured motorist coverage must be offered to all drivers in Mississippi. However, drivers can opt-out in writing. If you do choose to keep your UM coverage, you must purchase a minimum $25,000/$50,000 policy.

So, do you need uninsured motorist coverage in Mississippi? The quick answer is it depends.

We’ll explain the ins and outs of UM coverage and why it might be a good idea to have it, especially in the Magnolia State.

What Happens When a Car Accident Claim Exceeds Insurance Limits?

Published on Mar 12, 2024 at 3:23 pm in Car Accidents.

When you’ve been involved in a vehicle collision, and have suffered injuries or damage, generally the at-fault party’s insurance policy offers you compensation for your expenses like property damage and medical bills.

With mounting medical bills, car repairs, or any number of other financial stressors, car accidents can be devastating, and if you’re injured and can’t work, you need compensation to cover the costs you have.

But what happens when a car accident claim exceeds insurance limits?

We’ll discuss standard policy limits and what you can do if your car accident claim exceeds insurance limits.

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.

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