Tupelo Car Accident Lawyer
Tupelo, Mississippi, like most sizeable metropolitan areas, is a magnet for motor vehicle accidents. If you have been injured in an accident in Tupelo or the surrounding area, you have likely found yourself facing several new and stressful obligations and expenses. Medical bills may be piling up, your car may need to be repaired or replaced, and you may be losing out on income because you either cannot get to work or are too injured to work. If you have found yourself in such a situation, the Tupelo car accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are ready and willing to help you through this difficult time. Our firm has over 30 personal injury attorneys and more than 100 total staff, so you can rest easy knowing that your case is being handled by a firm that has the knowledge, experience, skill, and resources necessary to help you pursue damages to which you are legally entitled.Auto Accidents in Tupelo, MS
Car accidents are known to occur throughout the Tupelo area, and victims can include local residents and travelers on roads like Interstate 22. Accidents in Lee County range in severity. A crash may be classified as property damage-only, or it could be much more severe, such as a fatal car accident.
Whether road conditions are good or bad, North Mississippi drivers must exercise caution behind the wheel. However, that duty is heightened in certain areas that see more traffic. Some of Tupelo’s busiest and most dangerous intersections include:
- Main Street and North Gloster Street
- Barnes Crossing Road and North Gloster Street
- Interstate 22 and Highway 45
- Coley Road and McCullough Boulevard
- Front Street and Highway 45
Most car accidents result from the negligence of one or more of the drivers involved in the accident. Therefore, the process of obtaining compensation for an accident generally begins with proving the legal elements of negligence so that the car insurance company involved will accept your claim and cover your losses. In Mississippi, as in other states, a motor vehicle accident victim must show the following in order to establish a claim for negligence: (1) that the defendant driver owed a duty to the victim to drive safely, (2) that the defendant driver breached that duty, (3) that the defendant driver’s breach was both the actual and proximate cause of the injury to the victim, and (4) that the victim suffered actual damages.
To illustrate negligence, take the following example. Let’s say you were driving on Interstate 22, preparing to get off at Exit 86A, which is for Martin Luther King Drive. You begin to slow down as you approach the exit. Another vehicle is in the left lane. Assume that driver was looking down at his cell phone, and realized he was about to pass his exit. That driver, without signaling, immediately swerves to the right in an effort to get off on the proper exit, but in doing so, crashes into your vehicle. This would be an example of the other driver breaching a legal duty owed to you to drive safely.
In the majority of cases, the most contested aspect of a victim’s negligence claim is causation. Car insurance companies commonly attempt to avoid paying for at least some of a victim’s losses by arguing that the victim was partially, or even mostly, at fault for the accident. The reason that this can be so troublesome for a car accident victim is that the law in many states will bar a victim’s claims if the victim is determined to be at fault for the accident beyond a certain percentage.
Fortunately for accident victims, Mississippi law follows what is known as pure comparative fault. Under a pure comparative fault system, an accident victim’s claims are not totally barred as long as the victim is not found to be 100% at fault for the accident. However, the bad news is that the victim’s claims (and potential recovery) will be reduced by the amount of fault that is apportioned to them. This is why having an experienced car accident lawyer in Tupelo on your side is essential to obtaining maximum recovery in your case. With the auto insurance company looking for any and every way to place blame on you for the accident, you will stand a much greater chance of being fairly compensated if you have an attorney who can advocate for your side and argue against any fault assertions made by the insurance company.Tupelo Car Accident Lawyers Ready to Discuss Your Case Today
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident in or around Tupelo, you want to make sure that you are treated fairly and reasonably compensated for what you have been through. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, we have recovered over $1.5 billion for our clients over the last 30 years, and we want to use our skills, knowledge, and resources to help you as well. Our firm serves clients throughout Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Missouri, including in Tupelo, Jackson, Meridian, Columbus, Grenada, Oxford, Starkville, Hayti, Caruthersville, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, and Little Rock. Call us today for a free consultation with a truck wreck lawyer or a car accident attorney in the Tupelo area. You can reach us toll-free by calling 800-529-4004, or you can contact us using the online form on our website. Let us show you why NST is the way to go.