Gulf Coast Car Accident Attorneys
By Your Side Since 1999
Have you suffered a serious injury where another party was negligent in a car accident? If so, Davis & Davis, PLLC is ready to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Our Gulf Coast car accident attorneys are aggressive advocates for individuals who have been hurt by the negligent actions of others.
Though car accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries in the United States, that doesn’t mean you deserve to suffer and pay the price for someone else’s mistakes. We can be by your side to help you file a personal injury claim and recover the damages you’ve accrued as a result of your injuries. When you work with us, we can begin investigating your accident immediately to collect evidence, interview witnesses, and more to strengthen your claim.
Don’t Wait to File Your Car Accident Claim
According to Mississippi Code section 15-1-49, an injury victim has three years from the date of their car accident to file a personal injury claim or they will most likely lose their right to do so. It is important to talk to an attorney about the details of your case as soon as possible even if you believe you have plenty of time to file a claim, as the statute of limitations does have exceptions that can shorten the amount of time you have to file. Get help today! Our firm offers free initial consultations, so you have nothing to lose.
Liability Laws After a Car Accident
Mississippi is a “fault state” when it comes to car accident cases. This means that the party responsible for an accident pays damages, through an insurance carrier. More often than not, however, an accident is caused by more than one party. Sometimes, even the injured party is found partly responsible for an accident. In these cases, Mississippi follows a “pure comparative fault” rule. This means that an injured party can file a claim regardless of how responsible they are for an accident.
In a pure comparative fault claim the percentage of responsibility a defendant is found to bear will also be deducted from their overall compensation awarded to them. For example, if you are found to be 15% at fault for the accident that caused your injuries your total compensation awarded to you by the court will also be reduced by 15%. Car accident law in Mississippi can be confusing and complex. Our team of attorneys are here to guide you through your claim while fighting for the maximum amount of compensation you deserve.
Should I Hire an Attorney After a Car Accident?
It’s important to speak to an attorney after being injured in a car accident. Not only can they walk you through complicated legal system, but they are true advocates on your side, unlike insurance companies. Insurance companies are first and foremost a business that look out for their own best interest before yours.
Additionally, many people find that their injuries turn out to be more severe days or weeks after they sustained them. If you accept an offer from an insurance company before you know the seriousness of your injuries, you may find your settlement no longer covers all your medical expenses. An experienced attorney from our firm can fight to protect your rights and help you recover the compensation you deserve so you can cover all your medical costs.
Can I File A Car Accident Claim After Insurance Pays?
Since most insurance settlements include in the agreement that no more compensation will be paid out after the initial settlement amount, once you sign an agreement with an insurance company it’s usually difficult to recover anything else. This is still true even if you discover your injuries are more severe than you initially thought. If you have been offered a settlement, or if you have already signed one, call Davis & Davis, PLLC our firm to discuss your case with our qualified attorneys.
Our Motor Vehicle Accident Services
Over the last 20 years, our law firm has helped countless clients who have been injured in a variety of motor vehicle accidents. While some MVA accident cases are clear-cut, others are more complicated in terms of determining liability.
Our skilled attorneys handle personal injury and wrongful death claims including:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- 18-Wheeler accidents
- Pedestrian/bicycle accidents
Beyond handling MVA claims, we also represent injured individuals in:
- Workers’ compensation claims (on the job injuries)
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse
- Product liability
- Slip and fall
- Premises liability
- General negligence
Accidents involving cars can produce injuries that range from minor to more serious depending on the nature of the accident and what kind of vehicles are involved. Accidents involving trucks and buses tend to be more devastating due to the size and weight of the vehicles.
Injuries can include cuts and abrasions, sprains and fractures, brain and head trauma, broken bones, burns, spinal cord and neck injuries, whiplash, internal bleeding, and more.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents can occur anywhere, including on surface streets, highways, and even in parking lots and driveways. They can also happen for a variety of reasons, though there are several common factors that account for most accidents.
Common causes of car accidents we’ve seen include:
- Distracted driving: Cell phones, CD/DVD players, GPS, satellite radio – with the exponential increase in the number of things that take our attention off the road, it’s no wonder distracted driving accidents are becoming so common. Distracted driving includes any driving that isn’t focused on the road or your surroundings – texting or talking on the phone are common distractions that can prevent drivers from seeing road hazards or stopped or slowed traffic.
- Intoxicated driving: Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol puts yourself and the drivers, passengers, and pedestrians around you at risk. Drunk drivers are known to have slower response times and can be distracted, causing them to run red lights, drift into the lanes beside them, and fail to acknowledge right of way laws.
- Reckless driving: Any driving that breaks safety laws or measures is considered reckless driving. From failing to signal or check blind spots before merging lanes to speeding, reckless driving can cause unnecessary collisions that result in serious injuries and fatalities.