Meridian Distracted Driving Accidents
Car Wreck Lawyers Helping People Injured in Meridian, MS
Distracted driving is an epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 are injured each day due to distracted driving. Between the use of cell phones, GPS devices, and radios, many drivers fail to commit 100% to the task at hand – driving. Just a few seconds of inattentiveness while driving is all it takes for an accident to take place. If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else not paying attention to the road, our Meridian distracted driving accident lawyers may be able to assist you in recovering for your losses.
Recovering After a Wreck with a Distracted Driver
Some say distracted driving is now more of a problem across the United States than drunk driving. Every day, more than 660,000 people are estimated to get behind the wheel and operate their vehicle while using electronic devices. To combat the risk of distracted driving crashes, Mississippi law prohibits drivers from writing, sending, or reading a text message while operating a moving motor vehicle. Additionally, it is against the law for drivers to access, read, or post to social media sites while operating the vehicle.
There are numerous ways in which someone can get distracted behind the wheel. As technology increases, distractions will as well. Below are common forms of distracted driving:
- Talking on a cell phone
- Texting while driving
- Looking at navigation devices
- Adjusting the radio
- Talking to other passengers
- Applying makeup
- Eating or drinking
In order to recover for your losses after a car accident with a distracted driver, you will have to prove that the distracted driver acted in a negligent manner. To do this, the following elements must be proven by a distracted driving accident attorney in the Meridian area, and Mississippi law places the legal burden of proof on the person seeking compensation. First, you must show that the driver owed you a duty to drive safely. Second, you will have to show that the driver breached that duty by engaging in a distraction or breaking the law. Finally, you must prove that the driver’s breach caused the accident to happen and that you suffered injuries as a result.
For example, let’s say you were driving on 14th Street, approaching the intersection with 22nd Avenue, which can be one of the busier intersections of Meridian. As you begin to enter the intersection, another driver is approaching from 22nd Avenue, where there is a stop sign. The other driver, looking down at her cell phone, fails to properly stop, runs the stop sign, enters the intersection, and strikes your vehicle. This would be an example of negligence in the form of distracted driving.
Our distracted driving accident lawyers can help Meridian residents secure the proof needed to establish liability. We can also help our clients recover losses and compensation to which they are legally entitled. For instance, you may be able to recover the cost of your medical bills, such as hospitalization or physical therapy. In addition, you may be able to be reimbursed for lost wages caused by being hurt in the accident. Further, we can assist you in pursuing more subjective losses such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional distress.
Let Our Meridian Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys Help You
Driving while distracted is dangerous and often results in tragic accidents. Many times, those involved are left with thousands of dollars in medical bills and significant physical pain. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash with a distracted driver, you should contact the Meridian distracted driving accident lawyers of Nahon, Saharovich and Trotz. Our attorneys represent car wreck victims throughout Lauderdale County, including Meridian, Marion, Collinsville, and Nellieburg. To learn more about how we can put our resources to work for you or your loved one, call us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form for a free consultation. Let us show you why NST is the way to go if you need a dedicated personal injury lawyer in Mississippi.
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.