Oxford Pedestrian Accidents
Motor Vehicle Crash Lawyers Assisting Residents of Oxford
At a young age, we are taught to look both ways before crossing the street. This is to promote safety, as devastating consequences can result when a moving vehicle crashes into someone. What happens if you exercise proper caution but still get hit by a car? If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be able to recover damages caused by the collision. Our Oxford pedestrian accident attorneys understand that victims may suffer physical injuries and incur lost wages after being involved in an accident. More subjective losses, including discomfort, pain, suffering, and mental anguish, are likely as well. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz has handled pedestrian and motor vehicle wreck cases for more than 30 years, and we are eager to take your call and let you know how we may be able to help you.
Proving Liability After Being Hit By a Car or Truck in the Oxford Area
In personal injury cases, proving another party’s negligence is critical. Under Mississippi law, negligence refers to the failure to exercise ordinary caution or act reasonably under a given set of circumstances. Evidence that another driver failed to drive safely can be used to establish that he or she drove in a negligent manner. In a pedestrian accident case, failing to act reasonably may include failing to maintain a proper lookout, making an illegal turn, texting while driving, or otherwise not paying attention.
Pedestrian accidents in Oxford tend to occur more frequently in heavy-traffic locations, including the Square or near the University of Mississippi campus. In Oxford, pedestrians should use a crosswalk when available. When a pedestrian is walking through a designated crosswalk, drivers must “yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be so to yield,” pursuant to Section 102 of the City of Oxford Code of Ordinances. Slowing down is critical, because statistics show that if a pedestrian is hit by a car going 40 mph, there is an 85% chance of death. Witness testimony that a driver failed to slow down with a pedestrian clearly established within the crosswalk is one way to prove liability under Mississippi law.
Proving liability can shift the focus of the case to damages. After a pedestrian accident in Oxford, losses can include medical bills, lost wages, and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering and emotional distress. Many injured pedestrians will sustain significant scarring, either from coming into contact with the car or hitting the pavement or sidewalk. While it may be necessary to undergo treatment with a plastic surgeon in an effort to recover, it is not uncommon for severe scarring to be permanent in nature. An experienced pedestrian accident attorney in the Oxford area can assist you in documenting and proving your damages.
Speak With an Experienced Oxford Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Today
Pedestrian accidents can occur on any road or street in Oxford. They often happen suddenly and with no way for the victim to take action to avoid it. Thus, you should consult with a knowledgeable law firm who can help you navigate the legal process, which can be complex. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz has 30 attorneys and more than 120 staff members, serving injured clients throughout Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and Arkansas, including in Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Tupelo, Meridian, Jackson, Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Nashville, Caruthersville, Hayti, Little Rock, and Jonesboro. Call us toll-free at 800-LAW-4004 or complete our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our motor vehicle collision lawyers. NST is the way to go for people seeking a pedestrian accident lawyer in Oxford.
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.