Mississippi Gulf Coast Lawyers for Car Accident Injuries
Being injured in a car accident can turn your whole life upside down. You are suddenly faced with mounting medical bills, the prospect of missing a lot of time from work, and the uncertainty of not knowing when you will recover so your life can return to normal. The stress involved not only weighs down the victim, it can also take a major toll on family members. When an auto accident injury happens because of someone else’s negligence or recklessness, victims and their families deserve to be fully compensated.
At the Gardner Law Firm, one of our main areas of focus is representing people who have been injured in car accidents on South Mississippi highways, roads, and interstates. We have in-depth experience with these types of cases, and we work closely with our clients to help them recover maximum compensation. We are strong litigators and skilled negotiators, and when we take a personal injury case, we fully prepare for trial from the outset. In many cases, it is in our clients’ interests to negotiate a settlement that reflects full and fair compensation for their injuries. But if the other side is not willing to negotiate in good faith, we are ready and able to pursue full damages through litigation.
It is important to realize that, despite what their advertisements may say, insurance companies are not looking out for you. Their goal is to pay out as little as possible in damages, and as such, their interests are not aligned with yours. We know the common tactics insurers often use to avoid responsibility or diminish the value of a car accident claim, and we know how to successfully thwart these tactics. Bottom line: we have the knowledge, skills, resources, and commitment to help ensure that you receive the strong personalized representation you need and deserve.
Types of Car Accident Personal Injury Cases
There are many ways you can be injured in a car accident. The most common is to be involved in an accident as a driver or passenger in another vehicle. But you could also be struck as a pedestrian while walking, or while riding a bicycle or motorcycle. In all of these situations, the consequences of being involved in a motor vehicle accident may be devastating and life-altering, from broken bones to head injuries and spinal injuries. Here’s more on different types of automobile-related accidents.
- Car Accidents – Simply due to the large number of cars on the road, passenger cars are the vehicles most frequently involved in crashes and collisions. When a collision involves a large sedan or SUV and a smaller compact or sub-compact car, people are especially likely to suffer serious injuries. SUVs are also involved in rollover accidents due to their height and lack of cornering ability.
- Commercial Truck Accidents – Collisions that involve large commercial trucks can be especially deadly. When a fully loaded tractor-trailer that weighs around 80,000 pounds crashes into a passenger vehicle, occupants of the passenger vehicle most often sustain the most severe injuries.
- Pickup Truck Accidents – Pickup trucks are responsible for many motor vehicle accidents in Mississippi, not only because many people drive them but also because, like SUVs, they are unstable in cornering. Often those injured are young adults riding in the uncovered cargo bed in the back.
- Package Delivery Truck Accidents – Package delivery trucks are frequently involved in motor vehicle accidents, as drivers are under economic pressures and sometimes drive recklessly to make their deliveries within a predetermined and unrealistic time frame. Sometimes, delivery trucks park illegally (with the engine still running) so the driver can make a quick delivery. The trucks’ large, boxy size may make it difficult for pedestrians to see oncoming traffic when attempting to cross the street.
- Motorcycle Accidents – Motorcycle accidents account for a high number of serious injuries and fatalities occurring on the roads each year. Motorcycles can be almost invisible to drivers in larger vehicles and may be driven off the road by cars and trucks changing lanes or making a left-hand turn into oncoming traffic.
- Bicycle Accidents & Pedestrian Accidents – Bicyclists and pedestrians may be struck by motor vehicles, and when they are, the resulting injuries are almost always catastrophic. A bicyclist or pedestrian does not have the protection of steel reinforced doors, seatbelts, or airbags, like drivers and passengers in automobiles do.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
In our 40-plus years of practicing personal injury law, we have found some of the most frequent causes of car accidents to be:
- Speeding: There is a good reason for the speed limit laws that are posted. Going over the speed limit or driving too fast for current conditions vastly reduces the time a motorist has to react to adverse situations on the road that may arise. Going too fast might also cause someone to lose control of their vehicle. The impact of a high-speed collision also increases the likelihood of more serious and catastrophic injuries. This often results in head-on collision or rear-end collision.
- Reckless Driving: Driving recklessly means driving with wanton disregard for the rules of the road and the safety of others. Excessive speeding is one common form of reckless driving, others include following too closely/tailgating, weaving back and forth between lanes or straddling the center line, running stop signs and red lights, illegal or dangerous passing maneuvers, and street racing.
- Drunk Driving: A large percentage of car accidents happen because of driver intoxication. This is most common during the evening hours and near local bars and casinos around southern Mississippi. Chemical impairment slows driver reaction times, and it can also alter the mindset and cause a motorist to lose their inhibitions and drive recklessly.
- Distracted Driving: The vast majority of car accidents are attributable to some form of driver distraction. While motorists have always had distractions to deal with, texting while driving and similar activities take this to a whole new level. When someone sends or receives a text while driving 55 mph, it is nearly the equivalent of driving the entire length of a football field blindfolded.
- Drowsy Driving: When someone drives while they are sleepy or fatigued, they risk not being able to stay awake. Falling asleep at the wheel can be disastrous, but even if that does not happen, a drowsy driver is not able to focus as clearly, causing them to miss important things that happen on the road.
Each of these irresponsible (in legal terms, “negligent”) behaviors can cause serious injury or death to innocent people. If you have been injured in a car accident, our goal is to help you get the financial compensation you deserve.
Damages Available from Car Accident Injury Claims
After someone gets hurt in an auto accident that was someone else’s fault, they are entitled to compensatory damages. These can be grouped into two general categories:
- Economic Damages: These are direct monetary losses that the victim sustains, such as hospitalization costs, costs for surgeries and other types of medical treatment, rehabilitation expenses, the cost of ongoing medical care, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, property damage, and funeral and burial expenses (in the case of a wrongful death).
- Noneconomic Damages: These are losses that are real but intangible and more difficult to quantify. Examples of noneconomic damages include pain and suffering, psychological distress, loss of enjoyment, disfigurement, loss of consortium, and permanent disability.
In some limited cases in which the actions of the driver responsible for the accident were willful or malicious, punitive damages might also be awarded. Punitive damages are not meant to compensate the victim, but rather to “punish” the wrongdoer and help deter them (and others) from committing similarly egregious acts in the future.
What to Do after a Car Accident
If you have been involved in a car accident as a driver or passenger, motorcyclist, bicyclist, or pedestrian, please call us for an official consultation. As our client, we will help you navigate the insurance process and protect any personal injury claims you may have against the negligent driver(s). Timing is essential, and it is important to act quickly. We will need to gather evidence regarding the state of the driver at the time of the accident, cell phone records, police reports, and other information that will help us build your case.
Even if you were partially responsible for causing the car accident in which you were injured, you may still be able to recover costs and damages if the other party’s behavior also contributed to the accident. Let us determine if are entitled to compensation and get you the money you deserve.
Call Us if You’ve been Injured in a Car Accident
Our client-oriented team of personal injury attorneys is available to talk about your car accident and your options for recovering compensation for your injuries. Contact us online or call us today to schedule your free consultation with a member of our legal team. Or if you are not able to come to our office due to serious injuries, we will come to you.
We handle all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only receive attorney fees if we recover compensation on your behalf