Mississippi Fender Benders May Be More Dangerous Than You Think

    Many fender bender accidents are more frustrating and stressful than they are tragic. The worst part of many fender benders is dealing with insurance companies and getting your vehicles repaired. This is where an accident is an inconvenience. The first thing drivers should think after a fender bender is that they are lucky to be alive. A motor vehicle accident can be deadly and if you walk away from an accident, you are one of the lucky ones. What many people do not realize is that fender benders can cause injuries that are not necessarily discoverable right after the accident occurs.

    Latent (Delayed) Injuries Following a Fender Bender

    When a fender bender occurs, your head and neck move very quickly, and this often causes you to suffer whiplash. This type of injury may not cause immediate pain, so you may not think you were injured in the fender bender accident. Also, you may strain your back and not realize it right away. Back injuries are notorious for manifesting themselves anywhere from a few hours to a few months after the fender bender. If you are involved in a fender bender, you should always have a physician evaluate you right away, whether at the emergency room or an office visit with your physician within the next few days following the accident. An initial evaluation may be able to detect whether you have suffered an injury.

    If you feel even the slightest twinge or pain after an accident, you could very well have suffered an injury. Be sure to document all of your efforts to seek care for any seemingly minor injury. Whiplash can cause severe pain later on in life, and could also mean you have herniated or ruptured a disc in your neck. Further, back injuries can have lasting effects that could lead to more severe injuries in the future.

    What to Do Following a Fender Bender Accident

    After you have been hit, or have hit another vehicle in a fender bender accident, you should never say outright to the other driver that you have not been injured. You may feel completely fine. However, the best thing to say, that is entirely truthful, is that you need to seek medical attention to determine whether or not you have been injured. If you tell the other driver involved that you were not injured, this statement may be used as a defense if you end up filing a personal injury lawsuit down the line. Latent injuries can be just as severe as injuries you feel immediately, and latent injuries may require surgery or physical therapy. Therefore, it is best to simply state that you may have been injured, but that you will not know for sure until you are evaluated by a doctor.

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    If you have been involved in an automobile accident, no matter how small or large, and you have suffered injuries as a result of that accident, you should speak with a personal injury and auto accident attorney as soon as possible. You need an attorney who has experience linking your latent injury to the automobile accident you were involved in. The law firm of Porter & Malouf, P.A. was ranked the 14th winningest law firm in the United States by the National Law Journal in 2002, and received a rating of AV by Martindale Hubbell. Our highly skilled trial attorneys have helped thousands of injured people like you receive the compensation they deserve. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation. You may contact us online or you may call us at 601-957-1173.

    Mississippi Motorcycle Accidents Caused by Lane Splitting

    Motorcycles are able to maneuver around traffic in a way that no other motorist can. If traffic is backed up on a highway and a motorcyclist wants to avoid waiting, he or she has the ability to drive between lanes and beat the traffic. However, motorcyclists must follow the same rules as all other motorists in Mississippi. Under Mississippi law, driving between lanes, or “lane splitting,” is illegal, yet many motorcyclists continue to do it for the simple fact that they are likely to get away with it. Because this will continue to happen, drivers need to be aware that although there are many motorcyclists that do follow the law, there will be that few who decide lane splitting is worth the risk of causing a deadly accident.

    In an automobile accident involving a motorcycle, the motorcyclist is likely to suffer more severe injuries than the driver of a car or truck. However, there are situations where a motorcyclist may cause an accident but not be injured at all. For example, if the driver of a car wishes to change lanes on a highway, and a motorcyclist is riding closely behind but in between the lanes, the driver may not be able to see the motorcyclist until the last second. The motorcyclist may be able to easily drive around the car, but if the driver of the car reacts by slamming on the brakes, he or she may lose control of the car, hit the vehicle in front of it, or cause the vehicle behind it to also slam on the brakes, starting a chain reaction resulting in a multiple car accident with multiple injured drivers. Had the motorcyclist been properly driving in one lane, the driver would have seen the motorcycle passing by and could have avoided an accident.

    Lane splitting may not be that dangerous when there is little or no traffic. However, consider the situation where a motorcyclist chooses to drive between lanes when two semi-trucks are on either side of the motorcycle. This motorcyclist is putting him or herself at a significant risk for being hit. Trucks take up a large portion of the lanes and have a very large blind spot so they generally cannot see what is directly next to them. If a motorcyclist was hit and killed while driving between two semi-trucks on a highway, it would be difficult to put blame on the truck drivers, no matter how tragic or devastating the accident is.

    Further, even if not struck, the motorcyclist is creating the potential for the two semi-trucks to hit each other. This is precisely why motorcyclists must follow the same rules as other drivers and avoid lane splitting. By driving between lanes, a motorcyclist is violating his or her duty of care to all other drivers and if an accident results, causing injuries to other drivers, the motorcyclist should be found negligent and the injured parties should be compensated for the injuries suffered.

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    Automobile accidents happen every day and innocent people are seriously hurt and killed. While many accidents cannot be prevented, an accident that is the direct result of a motorcycle driving between lanes is certainly one that can be prevented. If you have been injured in an automobile accident involving a motorcycle illegally driving between lanes, you may be entitled to compensation. The Jackson, Mississippi law firm of Porter & Malouf, P.A. employs seasoned attorneys who have a reputation for success. Ranked the 14th winningest law firm in the United States by the National Law Journal in 2002, and receiving a rating of AV by Martindale Hubbell, Porter & Malouf, P.A. has the skill and experience to offer you the best representation possible. To schedule your free consultation with one of our attorneys to evaluate your potential case, contact us online today, or call us at 601-957-1173.

    Sleep Deprived Truck Drivers Can Lead to Disaster

    Truck Drivers have a job to do. If they don’t haul the goods that consumers demand, then the chain of commerce breaks down. We rely on the ability of truck drivers to transport their 18 wheelers across Mississippi within specific time constraints. However, when truck drivers are on the road for hours on end, it is inevitable that they will become sleep deprived. We need consumer goods to be delivered on time, but we also need our truck drivers to be safe and well rested. When there are sleepy truck drivers on the road, this makes Mississippi highways unsafe for everyone, especially those driving smaller cars or motorcycles.

    Signs on the Road that Truck Drivers Are Falling Asleep at the Wheel

    If you are driving a car or motorcycle on the highway, you know how difficult it can be sometimes to maneuver around a semi-truck. While semi-trucks can be hard to handle in high winds and rain, it is even more deadly when a semi-truck is being handled by a driver who is not rested. A few of the things to look out for when you are driving on the highway that may mean a truck driver is falling asleep at the wheel include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:

    • Veering and weaving across lanes, much like you would see with a drunk driver;
    • Inconsistent speed, sometimes driving well below the speed limit and then quickly accelerating; and
    • Driving only in the left passing lane, not aware that a line of traffic is forming behind the truck

    Serious Injury or Death May Result From Accidents Caused by Sleep Deprived Truck Drivers

    Because of the sheer size of 18 wheelers, any accident that occurs, no matter what party may be at fault, will cause serious injury and often death. If a truck driver begins to fall asleep and veers into the next lane, slamming into a small car, there’s not much the small car can do to avoid the accident. The impact will be enormous and will push the small car completely off of the roadway, sometimes across the median into the oncoming traffic lanes. This type of accident can result in permanent spinal cord damage, multiple broken bones, paralysis and death.

    Even though truck drivers are supposed to rest a certain number of hours per day, as required by federal regulations, there’s no way to ensure that these truck drivers are following the rules. Many truck drivers choose to take the risk that they will make it through their trip okay with energy drinks and coffee. Unfortunately this conduct is rampant among Mississippi truck drivers as well as across all fifty states. Many truck drivers will admit to having fallen asleep at the wheel before. Sleep is essential for truck drivers to safely get from point A to point B. A truck driver that causes an accident which results in serious injury or death to another driver is negligent and must compensate the harmed individual(s).

    Contact Porter & Malouf Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation

    If you or a family member has been the victim of a motor vehicle accident involving a semi-truck 18 wheeler, you need to speak with a Jackson, Mississippi personal injury and auto accident attorney as soon as possible. When you are injured because of another driver’s negligence, such as falling asleep at the wheel, you deserve compensation for what you have lost. The attorneys of Porter & Malouf, P.A. are successful Mississippi trial attorneys with the experience necessary to evaluate your case and file a lawsuit on your behalf. Porter & Malouf, P.A. was ranked the 14th winningest law firm in the United States in 2002 by the National Law Journal, and received a rating of AV by Martindale Hubbell. These credentials show that the hard work of our attorneys pays off. To schedule your free consultation, contact us online, or call us today at 601-957-1173.