If you’ve been injured in a serious car accident in Mississippi and feel the incident was not your fault or that an insurer is dealing with the matter unfairly, the Jackson car accident lawyers at Pittman, Roberts & Welsh, PLLC can help you settle your case and stand up for your legal rights. Our attorneys understand how complex auto collision claims can be and want to help you and your family move forward.
Legal claims involving car accident injuries can be complex to settle. Our lawyers can assist you every step of the way—from handling insurance adjusters and other insurance matters and investigating how and why the crash occurred to handling every step of the settlement process as well as fighting on your behalf in court should a trial become necessary.
As part of your settlement, you may be eligible to receive compensation, often referred to as damages, to cover expenses relating to your medical care and treatment, any hospitalization costs and continued care costs, wages you were unable to collect while you are recovering, future wage potential and medical expenses, and potentially damages that may be related to the pain, mental anguish, and suffering you experienced as a result of the accident.
This compensation can go a long way toward ensuring your recovery and wellbeing, but it can additionally send a message to the responsible driver or party that caused the accident to happen. In the case of a drunk driving crash, for example, a successful lawsuit will likely force the responsible driver to rethink their behavior the next time they think about driving while intoxicated. In the case of a vehicle that was defective and lost control, the vehicle manufacturer may force those cars off the market.
Lawsuits often speak louder than words. The lawyers at Pittman, Roberts & Welsh are ready to speak on your behalf and allow your voice to be heard.
Facts About Car Accidents in Mississippi
Traffic collisions are one of the leading causes of injury and death in our nation. Even though our vehicles are more technologically advanced than ever and help us prioritize safety while behind the wheel, deadly accidents keep happening in Mississippi as well as across the nation.
Here are some facts and statistics about car accidents in Jackson and across the state of Mississippi:
- Seatbelts are a major life-saver in collisions across Mississippi, yet less drivers and passengers in our state wear them in comparison to the nationwide average. According to the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), only 78% of Mississippians wear their seatbelts. The nationwide average is sitting higher at 90%.
- In 2016, there were 690 fatalities on Mississippi roadways.
- Nationwide, there were 96 motor vehicle fatalities every day in 2015. Another 6,693 people were injured in car accidents every day during that same year.
- Car accidents are the number one cause of child deaths between the ages of 1 to 12 in the U.S.
- One in every 3 deaths among teenagers nationwide are a result of a motor vehicle crash.
Why Do Most Auto Collisions Happen?
Looking at the statistics above, the fact that so many automobile accidents happen in Mississippi can seem a bit jarring. Why do they occur, though? Some factors which lead to serious wrecks are unavoidable (such as poor weather, etc.), but other causes are within our control.
These factors include but are not limited to:
- Driving While Intoxicated – According to MDOT, 18% of the traffic fatalities that occurred in 2016 involved drivers who were drunk. Drunk driving is a major cause of traffic fatalities in the U.S. Every year, more than 10,000 people die on U.S. roadways due to drunk driving.
- Distracted Driving – In 2015, MDOT reported that nearly 3,500 individuals died nationwide in accidents involving a driver who was distracted. Distracted driving can entail any activity that takes a driver’s eyes off the road, from texting and looking at a smartphone to eating or picking up an object that falls inside the vehicle.
- Speeding – Speeding is a major cause of accidents in Jackson, throughout Mississippi, and across the nation. Posted speed limits and state limits are in place to protect drivers, passengers, and other motorists alike. Similarly, driving too slowly can also result in an accident when other drivers are expecting a vehicle to complete a maneuver within a certain time frame.
- Disobeying Traffic Laws – Besides speeding, drivers commonly disobey other traffic laws that are in place to protect us. Every time a driver disobeys a traffic signal, ignores a sign, or otherwise violates a traffic a law, they are potentially setting the scene for a collision.
Other factors which may play a role in why an accident happens include driver inexperience, driver age, weather, road and highway conditions and visibility, objects like road debris or obscured signage, and vehicle complications. An experienced lawyer will be able to look at multiple factors which may have contributed to the crash and how every factor may complicate or ease the settlement process.
Common Car Accident Injuries
Being involved in a serious car wreck can result in a multitude of different types of injuries. Some injuries may be minor while others may result in serious consequences and require extensive medical care and treatment. Some may even result in permanent scarring, disfigurement, or conditions.
Below you’ll find a list of some of the most common types of injuries which may result after a car accident:
- Lacerations and abrasions
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries, including internal bleeding and organ damage
- Neck injuries like whiplash
- Brain injuries, often referred to as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Burn injuries
- Emotional and mental trauma
If you choose to meet with an attorney after your accident, your lawyer will discuss damages in terms that relate to the suffering that you and your family experienced and the expenses that incurred as a result of the injuries themselves. Depending on your specific case and circumstances, you may be eligible for damages that include past, present, and ongoing medical care costs, continued care costs, lost wages, future earning capacity, mental anguish and hardship and loss of consortium for your loved ones.
Meeting Your Needs After Being Involved in a Serious Car Wreck
The first few moments after a car crash can be a whirlwind of pain, disbelief, and emotions. Your priority should be to ensure the vehicle is in a safe area if possible, and that you and anyone else in the vehicle get the medical attention that is needed immediately. Even if the initial injuries do not seem especially severe, emergency personnel should be contacted regardless. Pain and other delayed symptoms may present in a “masked” manner due to the inherent traumatic nature of being involved in an auto collision.
After these first steps are taken care of, you’ll want to take a moment to breathe, start the recovery process, and remember the following steps and needs:
- Contacting Your Insurance Company – You’ll want to let your insurance company know about the accident, though be warned that the other party’s insurer may try and get you to settle before you’re ready to do so. In this situation, simply tell the insurer that you’re not ready. There’s no need to rush. Rushing might jeopardize extra compensation you may be entitled to.
- Follow Up with Your Medical Team – If you’re treated at the E.R., you’ll want to see your primary physician as soon as possible following the accident to rule out any other potential health issues and make sure that you get the time off from work that’s required for your recovery.
- Reach Out to Eyewitnesses – If any eyewitnesses were reported at the scene of the accident, now may be good time to try and contact them and see if they’d be willing to give their account of what they saw to you, your insurance company, or your lawyer if you decide to hire an attorney. A good eyewitness can be crucial when trying to argue liability during a complex claim.
- Reach Out to a Lawyer – If an insurer is trying to push you into an unfair settlement or you’re not being awarded the time off you need for a full recovery and feel there’s more to the story of the accident than the other side claims, you should consider hiring a personal injury lawyer. An experienced lawyer will be able to handle every step of the settlement process and may be able to give you and your family peace of mind.
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At Pittman, Roberts & Welsh, PLLC, we take pride in helping as many Mississippi legal clients gain peace of mind as possible. Our Jackson car accident lawyers have been assisting individuals and families with their claims for over 120 collective years. Let us see how we can help your family, too. To learn how we can help, contact our office today.