Jackson, MS Fatal Car Accidents
Car Accident Lawyers Serving Jackson and other Mississippi Cities
More than 35,000 people were killed on American highways in 2015 alone. Further, motor vehicle accidents were the fourth leading cause of death in 2014, trailing only heart disease, cancer, and lung disease. Most fatal car accidents are caused by a negligent driver, which means they can be prevented by driving safely. If you have lost a loved one in a wreck, you should consult with an experienced Jackson fatal car accident attorney who can explain your legal options to you during this trying time. The law firm of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz has handled personal injury cases for more than 30 years, and we have recovered more than $1.5 billion in compensation for clients through judgments, verdicts, and settlements.
Fatal Car Accidents in the Jackson Area
Mississippi, like many states, has initiated highway safety programs in an attempt to reduce the number of fatal car collisions. An alarming number of Mississippians continue to die in car crashes each year. Statewide, the most fatal accidents occur in or near Jackson and Hinds County.
While people in Jackson have grown somewhat accustomed to dangerous drivers around them, the fact that fatalities rose from 14 to 23 between 2013 and 2014 was disconcerting. Particularly notable is the fact that fatal accidents involving drunk drivers increased from just three in the first year to eight in the second year. However, the average number of vehicles involved in these accidents dropped slightly, as did the number of pedestrian victims. During the two years, I-55 was the most deadly road in the region, witnessing no fewer than eight fatal accidents in that span. However, I-220, US-49, and US-80 saw multiple fatal crashes as well.
Bringing a Wrongful Death Claim in Mississippi
What are your legal options when you lose a loved one in a car crash caused by negligence? You may be entitled to pursue a claim for wrongful death. In this type of claim, another party sues on the deceased person’s behalf since the deceased is no longer alive to bring suit in his or her own name. The party allowed to file a wrongful death claim in Mississippi may include the personal representative of the deceased’s estate, the surviving spouse of the deceased, a surviving parent or child of the deceased, and a surviving sibling of the deceased, among others. A fatal car accident lawyer in Jackson can help you comply with Mississippi’s wrongful death statute to ensure proper filing of the lawsuit.
Negligence is another critical aspect of a fatal car accident case. This can be established by showing that the defendant drove in an unsafe manner or otherwise did not act reasonably under the circumstances. Common examples of negligence are speeding, disregarding traffic signals, driving while impaired, texting while driving, and failing to maintain a safe lookout. In Mississippi, negligence must be generally be proven by a preponderance of the evidence, which typically involves showing that the plaintiff’s version of events is more likely true than not.
What damages can be recovered if your spouse, child, or loved one was killed in a fatal car accident? Under Mississippi law, damages recoverable in a wrongful death case can include medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, and loss of consortium. Beneficiaries may also recover loss of companionship of the deceased, emotional distress and mental anguish, and loss of future earnings of the deceased. Loss of future earnings will depend on many factors, including the deceased’s age, education, employment, and earning history.
Discuss Your Fatal Car Accident Claim with a Jackson Attorney
If your family member was killed in a fatal car accident, call our office today so that we can discuss a potential wrongful death claim with you. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz has a knowledgeable and compassionate team of 33 lawyers and more than 120 staff members to assist you when you call, and we have represented families throughout Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Missouri, including Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Call us toll-free at 800-LAW-4004 or complete our online form to set up a free consultation with a car wreck attorney. Let our Jackson fatal car accident lawyers demonstrate to you why NST is the way to go.
Most car accidents are preventable and occur as a result of errors by one or more drivers. To prove liability, you will need to establish by a preponderance of the evidence that the driver owed you a duty of care, which was breached, and that your injuries resulted from the driver’s carelessness. Damages that may be available in these cases often include medical expenses, lost income, mental anguish, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.
Truck drivers are required to follow numerous detailed regulations, including rules related to hours of service, keeping a logbook, and maintenance procedures. Many of these regulations are intended to protect other people on the road from harm. In some states, if a driver violated a law that was enacted to protect the public, the violation can create a rebuttable presumption of negligence. Trucking companies are also required to follow a number of regulations, including rules related to background checks of drivers and proper supervision. They often may be held directly or indirectly liable for a truck accident.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates applications for disability benefits. Although many people pay into this system throughout their lives, many legitimate claims are initially denied, and this process may be less straightforward than claimants expect. The SSA uses a five-step sequential evaluation to determine whether to grant benefits to an applicant. Each step is considered in a set order. We can present your case in a persuasive manner and help you appeal a denial of a meritorious claim if needed. This could include representing you in a hearing before an administrative law judge.
Workers’ compensation functions slightly differently in each state. In Tennessee, for example, businesses that employ five or more employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you are injured on the job, you may recover benefits, such as medical costs and disability. Neither your employer’s nor your own culpability for your injuries will prevent you from collecting these benefits. However, it may still be a struggle to obtain benefits from your employer’s insurer. We can help you navigate this challenging process.
If you were harmed by a health care professional’s failure to use the appropriate level of care in providing treatment to you, you may be able to recover compensation. Most medical malpractice lawsuits require retaining an expert to determine the accepted standard of care and explain what the defendant did that fell short of this standard, as well as how the inappropriate conduct caused the patient’s injuries.
When you buy a toy, car, medication, or other product, you do not expect to be hurt. If you are injured, you may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit. There are three types of defects that may be actionable: manufacturing, design, and marketing (also known as failure to warn). Manufacturers may be held accountable under multiple different theories, including strict liability, negligence, breach of warranty, and concealment. For example, if you take a drug that causes you to develop cancer, but you were not told that a potential side effect of the drug was developing cancer, you may have grounds to hold the manufacturer strictly liable for its failure to warn you of the risk.
Nursing home residents are often elderly or disabled, and thus they are especially vulnerable to neglect, physical abuse, and exploitation by staff members. Unfortunately, many nursing homes are understaffed or employ staff members who are inadequately trained to deal with potentially frustrating situations. Nursing homes are required to protect their residents from physical, mental, and emotional harm by providing a safe environment, as well as adequately training and supervising staff. A failure to do so may be grounds for a nursing home negligence lawsuit for damages.
Property owners have a duty to keep their property reasonably safe. In most situations, this includes an obligation to inspect the property for dangerous conditions and fix them or provide warnings about them so that visitors are not harmed. One type of dangerous condition, which may present a particular problem in apartment complexes or shopping centers, consists of inadequate security measures such as broken locks, poor lighting, or a lack of security guards. A failure to take security measures when appropriate may allow third-party criminals to assault, rob, rape, or otherwise harm visitors and tenants. You may be able to recover damages if you can prove that the defendant knew or should have known about a history of attacks similar to yours and taken appropriate security measures to reduce the risk of further incidents.
Consult a Personal Injury Lawyer in Memphis or the Surrounding Regions
If you are dealing with a devastating injury or medical condition, the Memphis personal injury attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can evaluate and explain your options. Our firm has 30 attorneys and more than 100 staff members, and we serve injured people in many areas of Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky, including Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a personal injury, workers’ compensation, or Social Security Disability lawyer. Once you have learned more about our vigorous advocacy for the rights of the injured, you will realize that NST is the way to go.