Mississippi Car Accident Lawyer
Every day, thousands of people around the country are injured in auto accidents. Sadly, many of these accidents are preventable as they are caused by someone else’s negligence. When you or someone you love is injured in an auto accident caused by another party, you may have the right to pursue a claim for damages. To learn more about your legal options, contact an experienced Mississippi car accident lawyer for a free case evaluation.
At Lunsford, Baskin & Priebe, PLLC, we have decades of combined experience representing clients for injuries sustained in Mississippi car accident claims. We have a proven record of success and can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Common Causes of Mississippi Car Accidents
Even if you practice defensive driving techniques, there’s no guarantee you won’t get into an accident. You cannot control other drivers and whether they follow traffic laws and regulations. If they act negligently, recklessly, or carelessly behind the wheel, it puts everyone at risk. Some of the most common causes of car accidents include:
- Distracted driving,
- Reckless driving,
- Traffic violations,
- Inexperienced driver,
- Driving under the influence,
- Driving while fatigued,
- Defective parts,
- Negligence maintenance,
- Dangerous road conditions, and
- Adverse weather conditions.
If someone else is to blame for your accident, you have the right to seek compensation from all responsible parties. In some cases, you may need to pursue a claim against a driver, a trucking company, automobile manufacturer, etc.
Mississippi Comparative Negligence Laws
Each state has its own negligence laws. These laws determine whether you can recover any compensation if you are partially at fault for the accident. In some states, even 1% will bar you from any recovery at all. Mississippi is what’s known as a pure comparative negligence state. That means even if you are primarily at fault for the accident, you might still collect something to compensate you for your injuries.
For example, if a jury decides you are 25% at fault for the accident, you can collect 75% of your damages. If they determine you are 70% at fault, then you could still collect 30%. However, understand that the reverse is also true. The other party can collect a portion of their damages from your insurance.
How a Mississippi Car Accident Lawyer Can Help
Pursuing a claim for damages after a car accident can be complicated, especially because Mississippi is a pure comparative state. Insurance companies look to deny claims or reduce their payout whenever possible. Even if you think the other party is 100% at fault, the insurance company is likely to argue some percentage of liability against you to save some money.
When you hire our firm to represent you, we will protect your rights and fight for the maximum compensation possible. We will conduct an independent investigation and gather all evidence. We will make sure all responsible parties are on notice and speak with witnesses.
After we have your medical records and billing, we will verify the extent of your injuries and what your future prognosis is. In serious injury cases, we may need to retain medical experts and vocational experts to explain what your future care needs will be.
Negotiating with insurance companies is one of the most stressful aspects of a claim. We will handle all negotiations. If discussions break down or there’s an impasse on liability, we will prepare to file a lawsuit on your behalf. If it becomes necessary to take your case to trial, we have the resources and experience. We aren’t afraid to back down from an aggressive court battle.
To learn more about how we can help you after being injured in a car accident, contact Lunsford, Baskin & Priebe, PLLC today to schedule an initial consultation.