Jackson, MS Car Accident Lawyers
Motor Vehicle Crash Attorneys Serving the Jackson Area
With Jackson serving as the midway point between Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee’s two largest cities, countless cars and trucks pass through the city each day. Our personal injury lawyers are familiar with the city’s street and traffic conditions and are experienced in handling motor vehicle accidents in the area. Call our office today for a free consultation with one of our Jackson car accident attorneys. As the largest plaintiff’s personal injury law firm based in Tennessee, we have more than 30 attorneys and 100 support staff available to assist you when you call.
Pursuing Recovery Following a Car Accident
In 2016, over 3,900 motor vehicle crashes occurred in Jackson and Madison County. Of those, roughly 25% resulted in injury to a vehicle occupant. Twelve of those people died as a result of their injuries. These numbers exclude parking lot crashes and those occurring on private property, so the true number of accidents and injuries is even higher than these reports indicate.
In an auto accident case, injured parties will likely have to prove that another driver’s negligence caused them bodily injury in order to succeed on the claim. To prove negligence, an injured party must show that the at-fault driver owed him a duty of care, that the driver breached that duty of care in some way, that this breach caused injury, and that he incurred damages as a result thereof. It is important to retain a car accident lawyer in Jackson early in the process so that you can collect evidence to support each of the elements of your claim.
In general, Tennessee law states drivers have a duty of care to their passengers and to the occupants of other motor vehicles, as well as pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and the like, while driving on public roadways. If a driver engages in a negligent action like those named above, such as following too closely, failure to yield, or inattentive driving, then it is likely that a breach of that duty of care has occurred. If a person is injured as a result of that breach, then he or she will eligible for damages resulting from the accident.
Damages following a car accident take many forms. For example, obvious damages would be medical bills, hospital charges, and prescription costs. Another form of damages is lost wages when the accident forces the victim to miss work. Noneconomic damages, such as pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life, may be available in a case. An attorney experienced in handling these types of cases can help you identify the damages to which you are entitled under Tennessee law.
Jackson MS Car Accident FAQs
What is my car accident case worth in Jackson, MS?
Under Mississippi law, if you are injured in an auto collision, you may recover economic and non-economic damages if you can prove the other party is at-fault and liable for your losses. How the accident took place can affect your recovery, as claims involving reckless driving and drunk driving can come with higher offers. The amount you are entitled to in compensation depends on your ability to prove that your losses are reasonably related to and caused by the auto accident.
In Mississippi, economic damages may include medical bills and expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, household services, and mileage expenses. Non-economic damages may include loss of consortium, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and mental anguish. Our firm will analyze the evidence in your case to determine the type of damages you are entitled to, and if necessary, hire experts to develop the damages portion of your case. Every case is different, but the aim of any dedicated car accident lawyer in Jackson is to maximize the amount of compensation you can legally receive for your damages.
Do I really need to hire a lawyer after an accident?
Like any field, helps to have experienced professionals on your case, especially when the at-fault party has a team of professionals from the insurance company on theirs. Car insurance companies have an incentive to save money, so even if the insurance adjuster has assured you that they will pay your medical bills and offer you compensation for your pain and suffering, that typically only means that they will pay the bills that they know about and they are not seeking to maximize the compensation that you receive. Additionally, car insurance carriers have teams of attorneys to represent their interests and their insureds’ interests, and their attorneys have informed them of legal ways to cut corners and get around paying you the money to which you are legally entitled. Even your own uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance company may do this to you in an effort to save money. At NST Law, we know how to anticipate unfair tricks and schemes to advocate for the proper compensation for our clients.
I want to see if the insurance company makes a “good” offer. Can I wait to hire a lawyer to pursue my case?
Even if you feel liability is good, such as the other driver exhibiting road rage, experienced Mississippi auto accident attorney can best advise you how to build a strong case from the start. In Mississippi, if you are trying to pursue a case against a non-governmental entity, you generally have 3 years from the date of the accident until the statute of limitations, or the deadline to pursue your case, expires. If you do not file a lawsuit in court prior to the statute of limitations, you will lose your legal rights. If you want to pursue a case against a governmental entity, you must file a lawsuit within 1 year of the date of the accident; however, if your case is against a governmental entity, you should consult an attorney immediately as Mississippi law has strict requirements on which government officials you must notify when pursuing a case against a governmental entity.
Discuss Your Case with an NST Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, it is important that you consult with an experienced Jackson car accident lawyer to discuss and protect your legal rights. One of our lawyers can advise you of the steps you need to take to prove your claim and how we will prepare your case the “NST Way.” This includes documenting your damages, helping preserve evidence, and contacting witnesses. Contact us today calling us toll-free at 800-LAW-4004, or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a car accident attorney in Jackson.