Your Trusted Car Accident Attorney Near Jackson
Whether you were rear-ended and are suffering from whiplash or a drunk driver hit you head-on and caused you to be hospitalized for weeks on end, you deserve to be fairly compensated for your medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, and much more. A Jackson car accident attorney will be able to help you prove the extent of your damages, and aggressively negotiate with the other party’s insurance company for maximum financial compensation. The compassionate Jackson car accident lawyers with the law offices of Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC are here to offer professional legal services in your time of need.
Who Caused the Crash?
One of the most important questions to answer in a lawsuit or injury claim, of course, is, “who caused the collision?” This can be more difficult to accomplish than you may think, even if the other party admitted fault at the scene of the crash. The judge, the other party’s insurance adjuster, and the police were not there when the crash happened, so therefore it is up to your lawyer to piece together what led to the crash. We work with police, private investigators, witnesses, and expert witnesses to recreate the crash and determine what went wrong in the other party’s decision-making to lead to such a calamity.
Typical Auto Collision Causes in Mississippi
Crashes happen when one or more drivers are not paying attention, are driving aggressively, are intoxicated or drowsy, or are violating some other rule of the road. Car crashes rarely happen when everyone is obeying the law and paying attention to the road. Many of our clients were injured by a:
- Distracted driver;
- Drunk driver;
- Aggressive drive; or
- Drowsy driver.
Cell Phones are a Leading Cause of Mississippi Auto Collisions
Fatal traffic collisions have been on the rise in recent years throughout Mississippi. In 2014 there were 607 traffic fatalities, in 2015 there were 677 fatalities, and in 2016 there were 690 fatalities, according to the Mississippi Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. All across the country, even as automobile safety features have increased, traffic fatalities are rising at a rapid rate. One of the most likely causes of this increase in fatalities and serious injuries is the rise in rates of driving while using a cell phone. Cell phone use does not have to be unlawful to cause a collision. Reaching for a phone, dialing a number, or even talking on the phone all cause an enormous level of distraction that many drivers are not even aware of. Texting is another major cause of crashes, as it takes the level of distraction to another level.
Damages and Financial Compensation
Your damages may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Medical costs;
- Ongoing or future medical procedures;
- Pain and suffering;
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity;
- Lost joy of life; and
- Property damage.
Mississippi’s Comparative Fault Law
As per Mississippi’s pure comparative fault statute M.C.A. § 11-7-15, the plaintiff’s financial compensation is limited by their own percentage of liability. Even if the injured plaintiff is 99 percent liable, they will be able to recover financial damages, though those damages would be limited to one percent in that case. What this means is that if you are found by the court to be 20 percent at fault, you will only be able to recover a maximum of 80 percent of the damages that are owed to you. The other party will likely attempt to pin part or all of the blame on you in order to limit their own liability. As such, it is vital to work with an attorney who will be able to prove to the court that you had no part in causing the collision.
Call a Jackson Car Accident Attorney Today for Help Recovering Financial Compensation
Jackson car accident victims should never accept an offer from an insurance company or the other party before first consulting with a knowledgeable Jackson attorney. Your damages may be even greater than you know, and only a lawyer will be able to recover what you are truly owed. Our attorneys take the time to look at every detail of our clients’ cases, always put our clients’ goals first, and aggressively pursue fair compensation from the other party. Please reach out to the Jackson car accident attorneys with Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC today for assistance.