Tupelo Rear-End Car Accidents
Rear-end accidents happen all the time and almost everywhere. They can occur as you wait in line to pick up your child from Lawndale Elementary School at 1563 Mitchell Road in Tupelo or while driving down I-22. No matter what the situation, the injuries sustained from a rear-end collision can be dire. Injuries from this type of accident may include whiplash, traumatic brain injury, broken bones, spinal disc herniation, and neck and back pain. If you were injured due to a rear-end car accident, the experienced Tupelo car accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are ready to discuss your case and guide you through the legal process. The NST team is comprised of 33 skilled attorneys and 120 dedicated staff members. Our firm has proudly recovered more than $1.5 billion in compensation on behalf of injured victims and their families over the last 25+ years.
Establishing Negligence for Rear-End Car Accidents
In most cases, the blame for the accident lies with the driver who rear-ends the driver ahead of them. After all, Mississippi law states that the driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway. Rear-end accidents are usually the result of the driver to the rear following too closely (which greatly reduces the time in which they can react to the driver ahead of them), being fatigued, or being distracted. However, if the driver that was rear-ended did not have functioning brake lights before the accident, then the rear-ended driver may be liable for the accident. The driver that was rear-ended may also be liable, for example, if they cut in front of another driver without signaling or did not leave sufficient room between their vehicle and the driver behind them.
When seeking compensation for your injuries, you will more than likely need to establish the other driver’s negligence by proving certain elements. First, you may need to prove that the defendant owed you an obligation to use reasonable care while driving. Second, you may need to prove that the defendant failed to uphold that obligation. Lastly, you may need to prove that the defendant’s failure resulted in your injuries. If the defendant decides to claim that you were comparatively negligent, however, you may find your damages reduced by the percentage of fault attributed to you by the court. The State of Mississippi utilizes pure comparative negligence, so even if you were found to be partially responsible for the wreck by a jury, you would still be able to be awarded damages, minus your percentage of fault.
Whether it comes to establishing negligence or pursuing compensation for injuries, rear-end car accidents can be tricky. If you have an experienced car accident attorney by your side, though, the process can be a lot smoother. A Tupelo personal injury lawyer can explain your rights to you and assist in gathering evidence to strengthen your claim. If the defendant says you are partially responsible for the accident, an attorney can defend you against those allegations. A lawyer can be the difference between the compensation you deserve and a sliver of the recovery you desire.
Consult an Experienced Tupelo Lawyer After a Car Crash
Rear-end collisions can leave those injured in a debilitating state – possibly unable to live their lives the same again. If you were injured in a rear-end collision, our Tupelo attorneys may be able to represent you and assist you in pursuing the recovery to which you may be entitled. You can call Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz toll-free at 800-LAW-4004 or complete our online form for a free appointment.