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Car accidents can be frightening, anxiety-producing, life-altering events. You may experience a variety of harm as the result of a car collision—physical injury, emotional pain, and financial harm. Following your Mississippi car accident, you may find yourself struggling to keep your head above water. You may be doing your best to heal from your car accident injuries while attempting to pay for your medical expenses. If your injuries rendered you unable to work, you might be unable even to pay your regular monthly expenses.
You should definitely not attempt to go through the aftermath of a Mississippi car accident on your own. The Stroud Law Firm in Southaven, Mississippi fully understands your current situation, and we truly want to help you through this difficult time. We will fight for your rights and for your future, while you are allowed the time to heal from your injuries and get your life back on track.
If you have been injured in a North Mississippi or Memphis metro area car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, permanent injury or disfigurement, as well as any damage to your vehicle. To bring a personal injury claim for your injuries, our attorneys will file a complaint in civil court on your behalf.
Although most personal injury claims are settled before they make it to court, our attorneys are both skilled negotiators and aggressive litigators when the situation warrants. The Stroud Law Firm attorneys will hold the person who is responsible for your accident accountable for your damages. We have built a solid reputation for helping our clients obtain justice and the compensation they need and deserve.
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Mississippi Car Accidents
According to the Mississippi DOT, a full 50 percent of those killed in car accidents in the state of Mississippi are not wearing a seatbelt, with teenage drivers and passengers in vehicles the least likely to wear a seatbelt. In fact, the state of Mississippi has some of the lowest seatbelt use rates in the nation. Drunk driving fatalities represented 18 percent of the total number of car accident deaths in the state of Mississippi in 2016. There were 690 fatalities resulting from car accidents in the state of Mississippi in 2016, with 40,200 fatalities from car accidents across the nation.
Where Do Most Car Accidents Occur?
Most of us have heard that a large percentage of auto accidents happen close to home, and according to Autoweek, quoting a Progressive Insurance survey, this is true. This particular survey concluded most auto collisions occur within five miles of the home of the driver. The theory behind that statistic is that drivers are less vigilant when driving in familiar territory. It is also a fact that the bulk of the driving done by most people is close to home, so this may also be a factor.
Why Do Most Car Collisions Occur?
According to TeenSafe, at least 25 percent of all car accidents are the result of a distracted driver. Other estimations believe this number is much higher—as high as 50 percent. It is a difficult statistic to pin down because drivers involved in an accident rarely want to admit their distraction caused the accident. Unfortunately, multi-tasking has become a way of life for American drivers, even behind the wheel of an automobile. Cell phones, whether used for texting or talking, are the most dangerous form of driver distraction. According to the New York Times, a texting driver is 23 times more likely to be responsible for an auto accident than the driver who is paying attention to the road.
Children in the vehicle are also a major distraction. In fact, parents.com found that having multiple children in an automobile is four times as distracting as driving with adults only, and having an infant in the car is eight times as distracting. Other common forms of distraction behind the wheel include adjusting car controls, eating, listening to music. Some extreme forms of driver distraction—which occur more often than you might think–include reading and applying makeup while driving.
The Aftermath of Motor Vehicle Accidents
Due to the high incidence of car accidents, personal injury claims are largely tied to these accidents. Those who are involved in a car accident will have to deal with a wide variety of issues following the crash, some of those issues quite complex. Typically, motor vehicle accidents will require medical professionals, legal professionals, and insurance experts as most victims will struggle to get a fair settlement for their injuries on their own. Things to remember following your car accident include:
- Get medical treatment first and foremost, even if you don’t think you are seriously injured; many times, injuries manifest hours or even days following your motor vehicle crash.
- After receiving medical help, call your insurance company if you are able, or have a friend or family member call for you.
- Do your best to record as many details regarding the accident as possible, including photos of the damage to the vehicle and injuries as well as a thorough written record of every single detail of the vehicle accident you can remember. Even the smallest detail could turn out to be crucial to your case.
- Call an experienced Mississippi personal injury law firm as soon as possible following the accident.
How an Experienced Mississippi Law Firm Can Help with Your Car Accident Claim
Hiring an experienced Mississippi personal injury attorney who is experienced in car accidents could well be the most important decision you will make following your car crash. Those with more significant injuries from their vehicle accident should have a legal professional on board as soon after the accident as possible. It is important that those who have been in a car accident not admit to liability prior to speaking to an attorney. In the same vein, do not give any statement to either your insurance company or that of the opposing party without speaking to an attorney from The Stroud Law Firm who can deal with the insurance companies and will ensure that you are within the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim.
Finding a personal injury attorney following your vehicle accident who actually cares about your injuries, your family, and your future is crucial. Your life, as well as the lives of your family members, could be temporarily or permanently altered should you be unable to receive the financial settlement you are entitled to receive. Those who have suffered such serious injury as brain trauma, neck or spinal cord injury, serious fractures, burns, or internal injuries may require ongoing medical treatment for a very long time. The goal of most insurance adjusters is to save their company money. Despite the heartwarming insurance commercials we routinely see on television, your health and your future are not what the insurance company cares about. Having a knowledgeable attorney from The Stroud Law Firm by your side during the period of time following your car accident or truck accident can make all the difference in whether you are properly compensated or left struggling to pay your mounting medical expenses. Contact The Stroud Law Firm today for legal assistance.
The Law in Mississippi and Tennessee
Mississippi and Tennessee law both provide that if an individual negligently operates a motor vehicle, and as a result of his/her negligence causes injury to you, the negligent party may be required to pay you damages. You can bring a personal injury claim by filing a complaint (lawsuit) in civil court and having the case decided by a judge or jury, or you may choose to resolve your claim with the other party’s insurance company through an informal settlement method such as mediation or arbitration. This can be done either prior to filing the lawsuit or while the lawsuit is pending.
Types of Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents are not limited to just cars. In fact, many individuals are injured yearly by the negligence of others operating buses, trucks, trolleys, watercraft, and motorcycles. The attorneys at The Stroud Law Firm firmly believe that an individual who negligently operates a motor vehicle should be held accountable for the damages–physical, emotional, economic, and sometimes even punitive–that result from their actions; or, in some cases, their inactions. We have worked hard to build a solid reputation for helping our clients obtain the compensation–and the justice–they deserve, both through jury verdicts in a courtroom and settlements at the negotiation table. We have litigated, tried, and settled a large number of car accident cases, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Distracted driving accident
- Rear end collision
- Intersection accident
- Alcohol and drug related
- Passenger injury
- Pedestrian injury/death
- ATV accidents
Contact the experienced auto accident attorneys at The Stroud Law Firm today to begin on the path to healing physically, emotionally, and financially, all while getting the justice you deserve.
For more information on local auto accident laws, view one of our local auto accident pages for Olive Branch, Horn Lake, Southaven, Nesbit, DeSoto County, Mississippi or Memphis, Tennessee.
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