Jackson Auto Accident Attorney
Auto accidents,whether you call them car wrecks, collisions, car accidents, or more specific terms like motorcycle accidents or 18 wheeler wrecks, can cause victims to suffer millions of dollars in damages related to the injuries they sustain. When a victim is injured in an auto accident, he or she may pursue monetary compensation for these damages through a personal injury claim. Every auto accident is unique and because of this, every personal injury claim must be treated as a unique case, rather than a “one size fits all” process. Although you certainly can file and pursue your claim on your own, you are nearly always far better off working with an experienced Jackson auto accident attorney.
What Causes Auto Accidents?
In many cases,negligence causes auto accidents. Negligence occurs when an individual fails to uphold his or her duty of care to others. For a driver, this can mean speeding, driving drunk, using a cell phone while driving, or failing to obey posted traffic signs. For a municipality, negligence can come in the form of failing to clear debris from a public roadway or failing to fill potholes. Sometimes, two or more parties’ negligence causes an accident. When this happens, both parties may still pursue compensation for their injury-related damages under Mississippi’s pure comparative negligence system.
Injuries you can Suffer in an Automobile Accident
You can suffer a variety of injuries in an auto accident, such as:
- Soft tissue injuries;
- Traumatic brain injury;
- Broken bones; and
Pursuing Compensation for your Car Accident Damages
Through a personal injury claim, you can pursue compensation for your medical expenses, your short- and long-term lost wages, and your pain and suffering damages. This final category covers all damages that do not fit neatly into the other two, like the cost of your reduced quality of life or the cost of hiring domestic help while you recover. To successfully recover compensation for your damages, you must provide sufficient evidence to demonstrate that another party was negligent and that as a result, you suffered a specific injury and specific financial damages. This evidence can include:
- A copy of the official police report for the accident;
- Photographs of the accident;
- Testimony from your doctor discussing your injury and treatment needs;
- Eyewitness testimonies; and
- Documentation showing your reduced earning capacity and lost wages.
In Mississippi, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is three years from the date of the accident.
Work with an Experienced Jackson Auto Accident Attorney
When you are facing financial damages after being injured in any type of automobile accident that was even partially caused by another party’s negligence, you have the right to pursue compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim. To learn more about your rights as an injured victim and your legal options for pursuing compensation, contact car accident attorney Derek L. Hall, the Heavy Hitter, today to set up your initial consultation in our office.