Columbus Car Accidents
Even the safest of drivers can be involved in auto accidents. All it takes is one distracted or careless driver for a crash to happen. Many times, wrecks happen so unexpectedly there is nothing you can do to prevent it. For example, no one ever expects for someone to rear-end them, yet approximately 2.5 million people are rear-ended in the United States each year. Whether you are traveling down Main Street to City Hall or headed east on US-82 to catch a Mississippi State University football game, there is always a chance you could be involved in a serious crash. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our Columbus car accident attorneys work day in and day out to provide dedicated legal representation to our injured clients. For over 30 years we have represented over 30,000 injured victims and have collected more than $1.5 billion in settlements and verdicts for those we have represented. Our firm has over 30 personal injury attorneys experienced in handling auto accident claims, so you can rest easy knowing that your case is being handled by a firm that has the resources, experience, and knowledge to help you maximize your recovery.Doing What It Takes to Recover for Those Involved in an Auto Accident
An accident can occur for one of several reasons. The at-fault party could have been distracted, impaired or intoxicated, speeding, following too closely, or just not paying attention. However the accident happens, you as the injured party will have to prove that the at-fault party was driving in a negligent manner. To do this, four elements will have to be proven, per Mississippi law.
- Duty: All drivers have a duty to drive safely and pay attention to their surroundings.
- Breach: Drivers may breach that legal duty when they violate a traffic law, such as Mississippi’s ban on texting while driving, or act carelessly behind the wheel.
- Causation: The driver’s negligent conduct must have caused the accident and resulting damages. This includes showing actual and proximate causation.
- Damages: In order to be entitled to compensation, you must show that you suffered actual damages.
If negligence is proven, the next step will be to allocate the percentage of liability on each party. Insurance companies are notorious in trying to lessen their insured’s degree of liability by placing some of the liability on the injured party. Mississippi is a pure comparative fault state. This means that an injured party is only able to recover based on the percentage of liability assigned to the other driver(s). For example, if it is found that you were 20% at fault for the collision, you will only be able to recover up to 80% of the awarded amount of compensation. This highlights the importance of hiring an experienced car accident lawyer in the Columbus area.
Those involved in car accidents should call the police to the scene. Officers from the Columbus Police Department may be dispatched from one of several precincts to begin investigating the wreck, talking to witnesses, assessing the property damage, and writing up the accident. Our car wreck lawyers can obtain that report as well as conduct our own investigation. By looking into all angles of the crash, we legal can help your chances of proving liability against the party who caused the collision in the first place as well as recovering for your medical bills, lost wages, out of pocket expenses, and pain and suffering. Our car accident attorneys can also guide Columbus accident victims through the legal process. With your rights at stake, you should consult with your own attorney before giving statements to any insurance company involved, including your own uninsured/underinsured motorist carrier.Speak to a Columbus Car Accident Lawyer Today
Car wrecks can happen anywhere in Columbus, including busy intersections like Highway 69 and Pickensville Road. If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to a car accident in Columbus or Lowndes County, call the attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich, & Trotz today. Our firm is dedicated to helping injured victims recover for their losses and providing piece of mind along the way. We serve injured victims in car and truck accident cases all across Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Missouri, including in Columbus, Starkville, Tupelo, Jackson, Oxford, Caledonia, Crawford, and Artesia. Call us today for a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in your area. You can reach us toll-free by calling 800-529-4004, or you can contact us using the online form on our website. Let us show you why NST is the way to go.