Jackson, MS Highway Accidents
Highways are infamous for how prone they are to wrecks. It is easy to see why when you consider even just a few of the factors, such as the speed at which people drive, the vehicles merging onto the highway from on-ramps, and the multiple lanes providing ample space for mistakes and miscalculations. Interstate highways in Mississippi including I-20, I-55, and I-59 have all had their fair share of accidents. When you are traveling on a highway at 55 to 70+ miles per hour, the stakes are almost always much higher than if you were driving elsewhere. Just one minor mistake is all it takes to result in a cataclysmic accident that could leave you with severe injuries, such as broken bones, traumatic brain injury, paralysis, and dismemberment. If you have been involved in a highway accident and suffered serious injuries, you should contact the experienced Jackson car accident attorneys of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz to discuss your case.Recovering Damages for Highway Collisions
In order to pursue damages after a highway accident, the victim usually will need to prove the other driver’s negligence – that the other driver had a duty to act reasonably and breached that duty, resulting in the victim’s injuries. An example in which a defendant may be held liable for failing to exercise reasonable care would be if you were driving down I-55 at night, attempted to change lanes, and collided with another vehicle because their headlights were not turned on. The other driver had a duty to turn on their headlights when driving at night but failed to do so. Because of this failure, the driver’s visibility to other drivers was significantly diminished and resulted in you colliding with the other driver when you tried to change lanes.
The damages a plaintiff can recover from a highway accident depend on various facets, including the nature and severity of the accident as well as the injuries the victim sustained. You may be able to recover economic damages for medical bills and lost wages if the accident caused you to accumulate medical expenses due to hospital visits and rendered you unable to work. If an accident leaves you permanently disabled and unable to perform your job, you could seek additional economic damages for future medical bills and loss of earning power as well as non-economic damages for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish, and loss of consortium.
Despite your hypothetical claim from the aforementioned example, the defendant in that situation may invoke comparative negligence and suggest that you contributed to the accident. The other driver could say, for example, that you did not double-check before switching lanes due to you changing the radio station. Mississippi operates under the doctrine of pure comparative negligence, which does not bar the plaintiff from their recovery even if they are partially responsible for the wreck. It does, however, reduce the plaintiff’s recovery by the percentage of blame attributed to them. An experienced car accident lawyer could defend you against the defendant’s allegations of comparative fault and assist in thoroughly investigating the accident.Retain an Experienced Highway Accident Lawyer in Jackson
Highway accidents can be horrific experiences for those involved. If you or someone you know has been injured in a highway accident in Mississippi, contact the car accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz for a free consultation. Our firm has been representing victims injured in car accidents for over 30 years and has recovered over $1 billion on behalf of those victims and their families. We represent clients throughout the South in Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky. We provide legal representation to those in Jackson, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Meridian, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Please call us at 800-LAW-4004 or complete our online form. Let us show you why NST is the way to go.