Jackson, MS Road Shoulder Car Accidents
Auto Wreck Lawyers Representing People Injured in Jackson
Drivers should always be on the lookout for pedestrians, bicyclists, and people in general – even when driving in Hinds County on interstate highways, such as Interstate 20, Interstate 50, and Interstate 220. Failure to do this can result in road shoulder car accidents. If you have suffered injuries due to being hit by another driver while you were on the side of a road, you should contact the Jackson car accident attorneys of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. With over 30 lawyers and more than 120 staff members, we are a large regional personal injury law firm that has been representing people injured throughout the South for over 30 years. To date, our firm has proudly recovered damages in excess of $1.5 billion on behalf of our clients through judgments, settlements, and jury verdicts.
Seeking Compensation for a Road Shoulder Car Accident
Numerous forms of negligence can be the cause of a road shoulder car accident, including drunk driving, cell phone use while driving, distracted driving, driving while fatigued, speeding, and reckless driving. If you run out of gas and pull over onto the shoulder of U.S. Route 80, for example, you could be hit by another driver if they are not paying their undivided attention to the road or in the right state of mind to be driving – regardless of if you put up reflectors or take other safety precautions. While being on the shoulder of a road at night increases the odds of you getting struck by a vehicle, other drivers must still exercise caution to avoid striking you or anyone else stopped nearby.
Since the State of Mississippi places the burden of proof on the party seeking to recover damages, you will likely have to establish the negligence of the other driver to recover damages for medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and the like. This can be done by proving that the defendant owed you a duty to drive safely but breached that duty by failing to use reasonable care, resulting in you suffering injuries. Substantiating your claim is necessary to the success of your case, so you will want to have photographic evidence of visible injuries as well as the scene of the accident. Hiring a skilled car wreck lawyer in Jackson, Mississippi, can not only provide you with assistance with procuring evidence, but also help minimize possible allegations of comparative fault that the defendant may try to make.
Luckily, Mississippi also operates under the doctrine of pure comparative negligence, so even if you were found 50% at fault for the collision, you could still theoretically obtain the other 50% of your recovery, which is not the case in certain other states that will bar you from your recovery altogether if your negligence exceeds 49%. However, with injuries and losses brought on by the accident, no one wants to have their recovery reduced, and not many people can afford to have their recoveries reduced even barely under such circumstances. Regardless, causation must be established for you to recover any compensation. Having legal representation can be the difference between you receiving the economic and non-economic damages you deserve and walking away with nothing more than your injuries and insurmountable debt.
Discuss Your Options with a Skilled Attorney in the Jackson Area
Whether you are outside or inside you vehicle on the side of a road, being hit by another vehicle can result in serious injuries and exorbitant expenses. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our Jackson lawyers are committed to fighting for the compensation our clients deserve. Our firm represents injured victims of car crashes throughout Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, and Arkansas, including in Jackson, Tupelo, Meridian, Oxford, Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Caruthersville, Hayti, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Little Rock, and Jonesboro. Contact us by calling us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to schedule a free consultation with a car wreck lawyer. After talking with us, you will understand why NST is the way to go if you need a personal injury law firm to fight for you.
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.