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    Mississippi Trucking Accident Attorneys Discuss Crashes Involving Tractor-Trailers

    Any accident that involves a tractor-trailer will typically cause a greater amount of property damage and more severe injuries than a crash involving passenger cars. The size and weight of an 18-wheeler can create the potential for very serious accidents. When a 40-ton tractor-trailer collides with a 3,000 pound economy car, the result can be incredible carnage resulting in catastrophic injuries and wrongful death.

    Accidents involving a large truck can happen at any time, but the risk is highest during the morning and evening commute times when roads are the most crowded. Accidents involving large trucks differ significantly from accidents involving only passenger cars, SUVs, pickups or vans. In a rear impact crash, the vehicle that is struck usually sustains the most damage. If a big-rig rear-ends a passenger car, the occupants of the passenger car often suffer severe injuries that include traumatic brain injuries, loss of limbs, spinal cord damage, severe burns, or damage to vital organs.

    If you or someone that you love has been in an accident involving a tractor-trailer, it is important to understand what happens in the hours and days following this type of vehicle collision. Since large trucks are often owned by a trucking company and covered by a commercial insurance policy, the trucking company will notify its insurer of the accident. Many trucking companies also have the ability to dispatch trucking accident investigators to the crash site within minutes. This means that a team of trucking investigators and insurance defense lawyers might be aligned against you, gathering evidence, and crafting a legal defense strategy before you have even consulted with an experienced Mississippi trucking accident lawyer.

    As a part of their assessment of the accident, the investigators will try to speak to as many of the people who were at or near the scene of the accident as they can. Injury victims should not assume that the investigators are neutral parties since they are employed by the trucking company or its insurer. In other words, these investigators do not have your best interest in mind. You have the right to refuse to speak with the investigators until you have had the opportunity to obtain legal advice about the accident. It is a good idea to contact a Mississippi trucking accident attorney as soon as possible after you are involved in a tractor-trailer collision. Your attorney can provide you with valuable support in dealing with the accident investigators. The attorneys you retain will employ their specialized knowledge regarding commercial insurance policies, trucking industry laws and regulations, strategies for preserving evidence, crash analysis and reconstruction, and motor vehicle liability rules to build a compelling claim for financial compensation.

    The issue of preservation of evidence is fundamental to trucking litigation. Commercial carriers often have their trucks repaired shortly after a crash and return the truck to service. When the truck is quickly returned to its pre-crash condition and put back on the road, critical evidence can be lost. The event data recorder (“black box”) information involving the crash can be erased because the recorders have limited recording space. Further, physical or mechanical repairs can impair the ability of trucking accident reconstruction experts to determine the cause of the semi-truck accident. Our Mississippi trucking accident lawyers often send a notice to the trucking company indicating that the big-rig and its black box are the subject of litigation. This letter will warn the trucking company that failure to preserve this evidence in its post-crash condition will force our law firm to seek sanctions for “spoliation” of evidence. We also seek gas receipts, driver log books, tire invoices, and other documents to construct a compelling claim for damages.

    If you or someone that you love has been injured or died in a Mississippi trucking accident, it is important that you speak with an attorney right away so that your rights can be protected. The knowledgeable and experienced Mississippi tractor-trailer accident lawyers at Porter & Malouf, P.A. might be able to help you. If you have questions, please call our office today at (601) 957-1173 to schedule a free initial consultation.

    The Most Commonly Asked Questions about Mississippi Rollover Accidents

    In Mississippi, accidents involving “roll-overed” vehicles often involve life threatening and sometimes fatal injuries. Most of us have heard stories about horrible roll-over accidents, which end up making it on the evening news given the severity of the collision and resulting damages to both person and property. Interestingly, most people associate roll-over accidents with SUVs however, recent statistics suggest that under certain circumstances, anything from a sedan to a tractor-trailer can become vulnerable to a roll-over accident. Accordingly, it is crucial to understand that although these accidents pose enormous risks to human life, they can also present significant legal challenges for the victim, such as: (i) proving the necessary elements of one’s case and (ii), successfully establishing one’s entitlement to monetary damages for “pain and suffering”.

    In light of the above, there are several FAQs associated with bringing forth a roll-over accident case in Mississippi. Being educated as to the risks and other factors involved in rollover accidents may help you plan for the worst should you be involved in this type of accident. As such, the most common FAQs are:

    1. How do rollover accidents occur & who is most vulnerable to experience these types of accidents?

    The majority of these types of accidents occur when a car or truck runs off of the road and strikes a curb, guardrail or some other object that effectively “trips” it. Since SUVs tend to be extremely top heavy, it makes them more vulnerable to rollover accidents.

    1. How do I demonstrate legally who and what caused my roll-over accident?

    An attorney experienced in handling rollover accidents will investigate the facts of your case and consult with experts to help determine who is at fault for the accident. Experts add significant value in car accident cases as they evaluate the scene of the accident, the injuries sustained by all people involved, and other telltale signs such as skid marks to establish liability.

    1. Can I still recover if I was partially at fault for my accident?

    Yes. Mississippi is considered to be a comparative negligence state, meaning that each individual is liable for their own contribution to an accident. To illustrate, if a person is 80% responsible for a rollover accident, they will only be entitled to receive 20% in damages.

    1. If I choose to settle, how long will it take?

    This depends. If your accident involved fatalities and/or severe injuries, it may take longer for all parties involved to be on the same page and come up with an appropriate settlement amount. It is crucial to speak with an attorney who can review your case and give you a better sense of timing.

    1. What types of damages am I entitled to recover?

    Personal injury victims may be entitled to receive compensation for lost work, medical expenses, emotional trauma and pain and suffering. For more information in this regard, it is recommended that you speak with an experienced Mississippi car accident attorney to advise you as to the types of damages you should seek in your case.

    All of these questions are vitally important and should be discussed in greater detail with a skilled attorney capable of handling the numerous complexities of roll over cases. Experienced accident attorneys know full-well the various challenges and nuances associated with successfully bringing forth a roll-over accident case in Mississippi. If you or a loved one has been injured in a rollover accident or any other type of vehicle-related crash, call Attorney Tim Porter or Patrick Malouf to have your case reviewed. Contact us today online for a free, no obligation case review or call our office directly at (601) 957-1173.

     

     

     

    Prescription & Over-the-Counter Drugs Cause Serious Accidents in Mississippi

    While alcohol causes nearly 40% of accidents nationwide, a large percentage of crashes result from drivers impaired by prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. Accidents involving these substances far exceed those caused by cocaine, marijuana and heroin. In Mississippi, police officers and criminal prosecutors are increasingly dealing with cases involving impaired driving due to drugs.   This is primarily due to the fact that prescription and OTC drugs are becoming more readily accessible to the public. Otherwise stated, it is easier than ever to obtain prescription and OTC drugs, whether legally or not.

    In Mississippi, the main types of prescription and OTC drugs involved in drug-impaired driving accidents are:

    • Xanax, Valium and other anti-anxiety medications
    • Oxycodone, Percocet and additional types of painkillers
    • Benadryl
    • Muscle relaxants
    • Beta blockers
    • Antidepressant medications such as Prozac and Effexor
    • Migraine medications

    Regardless of the type of medication, drugs such as Benadryl and valium can greatly impair your judgment, reaction time and ability to drive in a safe manner. Similar to alcohol, these types of drugs can cause people to become tired, “numb” and unable to focus. Unfortunately, people become gravely injured in accidents caused by drugs. In fact, the number of teenagers injured in accidents involving prescription and OTC drugs is increasingly on the rise. These types of accidents tend to be extremely life threatening due to the fact that teenagers often mix drugs with alcohol before getting behind the wheel.

    Under Mississippi law, it is illegal for an individual to operate a vehicle (i) while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or any combination thereof, that impairs a driver to the slightest degree, or (ii) while any drugs or its metabolites are present in a person’s body.   In fact, it is illegal for any individual to get behind the wheel and operate a vehicle who is under the influence of any type of impairing substances, such as illegal, over-the-counter, and prescription drugs. This law governing this prohibition is rather broad and basically pertains to anything that would affect a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle.

    Mississippi also has a “zero tolerance” statute law geared towards minors, meaning that it is unlawful for a person under the age of 21 to drive even if only a small amount of illegal drugs (including prescription drugs not prescribed to the individual) are identified in a person’s system. Given the increased incidence of minor using all types of drugs while driving, Mississippi felt that it was legislatively crucial to address this growing problem. Keep in mind that accidents caused by teenagers are alarmingly increasing, and also, occurring across the nation not just in Mississippi. Regardless, laws aimed towards preventing related accidents are important and have shown some success in reducing injuries to others.

    If you or a loved one has been injured in a DUI-related accident or any other type of vehicle-related crash in Mississippi, call Attorney Tim Porter or Patrick Malouf to have your case fully reviewed. You can also contact us today online for a free, no obligation case review, or call our office directly at (601) 957-1173.    Don’t take chances with a lawyer that promises results but does not have the skills, experience and training to deliver them. Give us a call today to learn more about our superior legal services!

    What to do After a Mississippi Car Accident

    Whether you drive your vehicle multiple times a day, only once every few days, or even more infrequently than that, you probably never think that you could be involved in a crash. Unfortunately, automobile accidents do happen, and it is essential that Mississippi drivers know what to do if they are involved in a crash.

    While there are a few things that you should do after an automobile accident, there is one thing that you absolutely must never do, under any circumstances. Never ever leave the scene of an accident, even if it seems minor and there is no visible damage. While most drivers are aware of the importance of remaining at the scene of an accident, some drivers still choose to drive away after a crash. Law enforcement officials are almost always able to determine the identity of drivers who flee from accident scenes, and once they are apprehended they are held responsible for their actions. For example, last September, a Hattiesburg man hit a pedestrian while driving his vehicle during a rainstorm. Last week, the man pled guilty to the felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident. He will spend the next two years behind bars, in addition to an eight year suspended sentence and three years of supervision upon his release.

    After an accident, find a phone and call for help right away. It is possible that one or both of the vehicles may be leaking gasoline or some other flammable material, which must be cleaned up immediately by rescue professionals who know how to do it safely. It is also possible that you, your passengers, or someone in the other vehicle is injured. It is better to be safe than sorry, so make the call even if the accident appears to have caused no damage or injuries.

    Next, if your vehicle is in the roadway and you can move it safely to the shoulder, you should do so. Moving vehicles out of the flow of traffic reduces the chance of other vehicles turning your collision into a chain reaction accident which could injure or kill you, and which could further damage the vehicles from the original crash. If one or more of the vehicles cannot be removed from the roadway, someone at the scene who is not injured can help by directing traffic around the vehicles until help arrives. At this point, if anyone at the scene has any cones, flares, or reflectors, it is a good idea to place them in the roadway to remind other drivers to use caution.

    Some drivers think that they have a choice regarding whether to report an accident to the police. Mississippi drivers should be aware that reporting an accident to the police is in your best interest. If the police do not know about an accident, there will not be any accident report or Uniform Crash Report issued. These reports contain valuable information about the accident which can help with the resolution of your claim for damages.

    Even though a lot of information will be included in the Uniform Crash Report, try to get as much information about the other driver and their insurer as you can, in case it takes you a while to get the report or the report contains inaccuracies when you do receive it. If you have the opportunity to do so, take some pictures of the accident scene and the vehicles. These could be useful later, and could also help you to remember details about the accident, such as the weather conditions that were present at the time of the collision. If anyone saw the accident happen, get their contact information, so that you can speak with them later, if need be.

    One more thing that you should do after you are involved in a Mississippi automobile accident is to call the experienced Mississippi automobile accident attorneys at Porter & Malouf, P.A.. Our attorneys know what accident victims need, and we would like to put our years of experience to work for you. Call us today at (601) 957-1173 to arrange a free initial consultation.

    Read This Before Settling Your Mississippi Auto Accident Case

    After you are involved in an automobile accident in Mississippi, you may wonder when you will be able to resolve your claim so that you can pay for the damage to your vehicle and any medical expenses that you have incurred due to the injuries that you sustained in the accident. It is only natural to wonder how soon you will be compensated for your damages, because the expenses associated with an automobile accident are something that few people budget for. After all, people who have vehicles budget for automobile insurance, which is supposed to help them out with any expenses that are related to car accidents.

    If you have been involved in an automobile accident in Mississippi, do not be surprised if you receive a phone call or a letter from the insurance company shortly after your accident. Insurance companies are quick to offer settlements to victims who may be looking for a speedy resolution for their claims, or victims who have not had time to truly assess the value of their claims. If and when you receive a settlement offer from the insurance company, remember that you have a choice of whether to accept it or reject it. It is important that you take the time to think your decision through carefully, and do what you decide is right for you.

    As you think about the settlement offer that you have just received, remember that the person who created the settlement offer is working to protect the interest of the insurance company. Insurance companies want to pay out as little money as possible on each claim that is presented to them. They also want to settle automobile accident claims quickly, to get them off of their books. Since the decision of whether to accept or reject a settlement offer belongs to you, the accident victim, it is essential that you think about your own interests and priorities, and not those of the insurance company.

    Before you choose to accept any settlement offer, make sure that you know what the extent of your damages is. Get multiple estimates for how much it will cost to fix your vehicle and whether it can even be repaired. Obtain a statement of value for your vehicle if it was totaled in the accident. If you are injured, your injuries may not even be fully healed yet. You will require additional medical care and treatment as you heal, and you should be compensated for those costs. Talk to your doctors, and at the very least get an estimate of what additional care you will need and how much it is likely to cost. Once you know the amount of money that you have spent recovering from your automobile accident so far, as well as how much more money you will have to spend before you are healed and your vehicle is repaired or replaced, you will know the approximate value of your claim. When you know the approximate value of your claim, you can compare it to the settlement offer and determine whether the offer will adequately compensate you.

    It is a good idea to consult with an experienced Mississippi automobile accident attorney before you accept any settlement offer. The attorneys at Porter & Malouf, P.A. have handled many automobile accident cases, and they have helped many clients decide if and when accepting a settlement offer from an insurance company is the right thing to do. If you would like our assistance with your Mississippi automobile accident case, call us today, at (601) 957-1173 to set up a free consultation.

    How Your Automobile Accident Affects Your Car Insurance Rates

    If you have been in an automobile accident, you may be questioning whether you should report it to your insurance company. The reason that you wonder about that, instead of immediately picking up the phone to report the accident, could be because many people talk about choosing not to report accidents that appear to be minor, or where no one seems to be hurt, due to concerns that those accidents will drastically raise their automobile insurance rates. Fortunately, in many cases, this fear is largely unfounded. What Mississippi drivers need to know about accidents and car insurance rates is that while it is true that some car accidents will affect the cost of a driver’s car insurance, not every crash will raise their insurance rates. Additionally, not every accident that does affect insurance rates will affect the rates in the same way.

    To add to the confusion about how accidents affect insurance rates, each insurance company calculates its rates in a slightly different way. When you file your insurance claim, your insurer will likely examine a few factors in addition to the circumstances surrounding your current accident, and will then make a decision about whether to raise your insurance rate, and by how much. Things like whether you were at fault in the accident, your driving record, and the number and type of claims that you have made in the past are the most likely factors to influence their decision. Depending upon your insurance company and the laws in your state, the likelihood of your most recent accident affecting your insurance rate may be reduced by an “accident forgiveness” program. The exact details of each insurer’s accident forgiveness programs vary, but the programs usually serve to exclude your first at-fault collision from your insurance rate calculation.

    As for the effect of your current accident on your insurance rates, if you were violating one or more traffic laws at the time of the crash, your insurance rate will more than likely be affected. From drivers who operate their vehicles while they are under the influence of alcohol to those who speed or fail to obey traffic signs and signals, drivers who violate the law often cause severe injuries and extensive damage when they crash. This costs insurance companies a lot of money, and depending upon the violation or violations involved, your insurer may raise your rates significantly or even cancel your insurance policy.

    Some people think that the very act of filing a claim for damages after a car accident will increase their insurance premiums. Rate increases after filing a claim are not automatic, and, as mentioned above, depend upon a variety of factors. Any rate increase that may occur based upon your current claim or your claims history is small, compared to the cost of medical care and treatment that you may require for any injuries that you sustained during the accident. Also, even if you do not believe that you are injured now, some injuries take weeks or even months to notice, so it is important that you seek medical attention now in addition to filing a claim for damages.

    Many people misunderstand the impact of automobile accidents on their car insurance premiums. Do not let your fear of high insurance rates prevent you from filing a claim that can help you to get back on your feet physically and financially after an automobile accident. If you have been involved in a Mississippi automobile accident, the seasoned Mississippi automobile accident attorneys at Porter & Malouf, P.A. can help you to obtain the best possible results. To learn more about how we help Mississippi automobile accident victims like you, call us today at (601) 957-1173 to arrange a free initial consultation.

    The Benefits of Hiring a Seasoned Mississippi Car Accident Attorney

    In Mississippi, vehicle crashes often lead to death and serious injury as well as long-lasting and/or permanent physical and emotional scars. On a national level, over six million automobile collisions occur within the United States, causing nearly 40,000 deaths. In fact, motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of injury-related deaths in the State of Mississippi, which also has one of the highest per-capita motor vehicle fatality rates in the nation.

    1. Car accident cases can be complicated. Car accident cases come in all shapes and sizes, and of course, no two are ever alike. Given the devastating, emotionally-charged and often complex nature of car accidents, it is highly recommended that you consult with a skilled Mississippi car accident attorney who is experienced in handling these types of cases. Due to the enormity of medical bills and other complications associated with being involved in an accident, you need to work with an attorney who is aggressive and also, highly skilled at maximizing their clients’ chances of getting the compensation that they deserve. Moreover, there are typically a number of contested issues in an automobile accident case, which can make it much more difficult to resolve than you would think. That is why it is important to consult with a seasoned car accident attorney, who is in the best position to help you understand the scope of your legal options and also, who has the ability to protect your interests throughout the pendency of your case.
    2. The law is highly nuanced. It is also important to speak with a Mississippi car accident attorney about your case due to the various nuances associated with suing a responsible party in Mississippi. Specifically, for car accident claims involving a government employee, a claim must be filed within 180 days versus the two-year statute of limitations involved in bringing forth a lawsuit against a private party. Accordingly, it is crucial for you to work with an attorney who is familiar with all applicable deadlines and other considerations necessary to raise timely claims against the person who caused your accident. If you don’t meet the applicable deadline, your case can be time barred forever, leaving you to deal with the financial aftermath associated with recovering from your injuries. Moreover, you need to work with a lawyer who understands the laws and how to apply them given the facts of your case. For example, if your case involves an accident with a truck, the laws will differ than had you simply been hit by a motorcyclist. All of these factors are crucial and require the best representation possible to maximize your chances of recovering.
    3. A seasoned car accident attorney puts your mind at ease. Additionally, a seasoned personal injury attorney is one who can make you feel comfortable, well-informed and also, who knows the ins and outs of proving ones case – especially when causation becomes challenged (whether by the opposing party or your insurance company). A good attorney is also one that knows the court system and the various actors involved in handling your case. These factors are critical, and are the key reasons why many cases are successful in one’s favor.

    For more information on our legal services, contact Porter Malouf, Attorneys at Law online or feel free to call at 601-957-1173 to schedule your free, no obligation case review. When you meet with one of our highly seasoned car accident attorneys, he or she will advise you of the scope of your legal options, the nature and extent of your rights and responsibilities, how to best deal with your insurance company, and also, how to optimize your chances of recovery. We look forward to providing you will excellent representation!

     

    Avoiding the Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in Mississippi

    In general, drivers of automobiles, trucks, motorcycles and all other types of vehicles are expected to use “reasonable care” when operating their vehicle in Mississippi. In other words, a Mississippi driver has an unwaivering duty to operate their vehicle in a safe and reasonable manner. Failure to do so can result in liability under a theory of negligence, potentially costing the offender a significant amount of money for any damages or injuries that were caused by the accident.

    In order to succeed in a negligence action, a victim must prove that the other driver is liable for his or her failure to exercise reasonable care. Moreover, Mississippi courts, in adjudicating these types of cases, consider a number of different factors in determining a driver’s potential negligence, mainly pertaining to the driver’s less than favorable habits. While not exhaustive, these factors include:

    • Failure to use a turn signal when driving
    • Not following the rules of the road
    • Speeding
    • Failure to consider bad weather or adverse traffic conditions
    • Driving under the influence
    • Improper passing or changing lanes on a highway
    • Driving while distracted, e., whether due to eating, texting or talking to other passengers
    • Reckless and/or careless driving
    • Automobile manufacturing and/or design defects

    In light of the above, it is important to do whatever it takes to avoid accidents. Accordingly, the following are a number of tips that can help you prevent a potential negligence suit:

    1. Always obey the rules of the road – as much as you would like to test out the maximum speed of your brand new Porsche Cayenne, it is best to avoid speeding. The higher the speed, the more likely an accident will occur, especially one involving serious injury or death.
    2. Be good to your car – keeping your car in good repair is really a no brainer. Many accidents are caused by people who fail to maintain their vehicle, such as by not changing the filters or failing to check that their tires are in good shape.
    3. Pay attention! In the United States, over 300,000 accidents are caused each year due to distracted driving. While not exhaustive, distracted driving involves anything from eating, texting, talking to passengers and fiddling with your GPS system while driving. Hence, if you need to respond to a text message or email, be smart and pull over before engaging in dangerous multi-tasking. Don’t take unnecessary risks with your life and the lives of others by taking your eyes off the road.
    4. Watch out for bikers and pedestrians – in Mississippi, many people love to be outdoors, especially during the warm and beautiful summer months. As such, it is crucial to watch out for people who are out and about, especially bikers and runners who tend to be on or near the road.

    If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident in Mississippi, be sure to consult with an attorney experienced in handling these types of accidents. At Porter Malouf, Attorneys at Law, our seasoned car accident attorneys will advise you of your legal options as well as fight hard to help you receive the compensation that you deserve. To learn more, give us a call now at 601-957-1173 to schedule your free, no obligation case review. We look forward to helping you fight for the compensation you deserve for your injuries

    Common Distractions That May Cause Your Mississippi Auto Accident

    Driver inattention is rampant and arises for a variety of reasons. Most notably, the use of cell phones both to talk and to send text messages is becoming a prevalent cause of automobile accidents. However, there are a number of other distractions that are common and could lead to deadly accidents. Such conduct can be easily avoided if drivers realize just how dangerous the inattentive behavior could be.

    Inattentive behavior that may be responsible for a number of accidents includes, but is not limited to, the following:

    • Having pets in your vehicle that are not secured – Many people choose to put their dogs in the front seat of the car instead of having the dog secured in the backseat or in the back storage space of the car if the vehicle has such storage (such as an SUV or minivan). Dogs who sit in the front seat are likely to bark, move about the car and can distract drivers from paying attention to the road. In fact, a dog may fall or walk on the gear shift, putting the car into the wrong gear. This could certainly create a dangerous situation that could lead to an accident.
    • Playing the TV’s available in many cars today – While most vehicles do not allow a driver to watch a movie or other video on the front navigation screen, the TV screens in the backseat of cars can still be a huge distraction. Not only can the TV itself be a distraction, but the people watching the TV can be a distraction. Kids and other passengers may be laughing or screaming loudly and this could startle the driver, ultimately leading to a potential accident.
    • Placing bottles and other objects on the backseat floor behind the driver’s seat – Many people do not realize that objects can easily move from the backseat floor to the front seat floor where the gas and brake pedals are. If an object gets lodged either under the brake pedal or gas pedal, this could cause a car to hit another vehicle by running a red light, failing to stop, or simply losing control of the car and colliding into another vehicle. If the object is lodged under one of the pedals, then the driver will have trouble either stopping the car or getting the car to move.

    Driving distractions are certainly preventable if drivers are willing to change a few simple things about their driving habits. For example, placing a dog or other pet in a secure spot that is not the front passenger seat will avoid freak situations where an accident may occur. Further, minimizing the use of in-car TV’s can also reduce the amount a driver is distracted. Lastly, a simple act of not putting any rolling objects behind the driver’s seat could prevent a potentially life-threatening accident.

    Call Porter & Malouf, P.A. to Schedule Your Free Consultation

    If you have been injured because of an inattentive driver’s conduct in causing an automobile accident, you should seek the advice of an experienced Mississippi personal injury attorney as soon as possible. You may be entitled to compensation that an attorney can help you receive. The automobile accident attorneys of Porter & Malouf, P.A. have what it takes to advocate on your behalf. Ranked the 14th winningest law firm in the United States in 2002 by the National Law Journal, the attorneys of Porter & Malouf, P.A. have a reputation for success. Our firm also received a rating of AV by Martindale Hubbell. If you would like to speak with one of our attorneys about your automobile accident, contact our office today to schedule your free consultation by calling (601) 957-1173, or you may contact us online and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

    Four Crucial Steps You Should Take Following Your Mississippi Auto Accident

    All automobile accidents, no matter how big or small, can cause a substantial amount of stress and anxiety. The body reacts to a rush of adrenalin that is a natural result of being involved in a high intensity situation where you have come close to being injured, or are in fact injured following an automobile accident. What many people don’t realize is that what happens directly after the accident is extremely important if a lawsuit is filed to collect compensation for injuries suffered. The steps below provide a framework for what you should consider if you are involved in a Mississippi automobile accident.

    Step 1 – Make Sure You and All Other Drivers Involved Are Okay

    Safety and health are the most important factors of any accident. It doesn’t matter who may have caused the accident when a person’s life is on the line. The first thing you should do is determine if you and/or anyone else involved in injured, and call 911. The sooner you seek medical attention, the greater the chances you and the other people involved have of recovering from injuries.

    Step 2 – Don’t Apologize

    When you ask other people involved if they are okay, be sure not to apologize for the accident. Such an apology may be interpreted as an admission that you caused the accident, even if you are simply saying sorry that the accident occurred. Your choice of words in such a situation is extremely important if you end up filing a personal injury lawsuit in the future.

    Step 3 – Do Everything You Can to Recover From Your Injuries

     If you required medical attention for the injuries you suffered, it is important to receive follow-up care. The reason for this is that if you file a personal injury lawsuit in the future, it will be necessary to show that you have taken all steps to improve your condition. If you intentionally avoid medical attention to keep your condition worse in an effort to receive greater compensation in a lawsuit, this could be used to show that you have contributed to your own injuries.

    Step 4 – Contact an Automobile Accident Attorney as Soon as Possible

    If you have been injured and you are unsure if another driver is at fault, it is important to speak with an attorney to determine if you may have a valid personal injury case. It may turn out that after you speak with an attorney, the facts simply do not prove that you will be likely to prevail in a lawsuit. However, you will never know unless you seek advice first. If an attorney does determine that you are entitled to compensation and would have a valid claim, the attorney will advocate on your behalf to prove another driver was negligent in causing you harm.

    Schedule Your Free Consultation with Porter & Malouf, P.A. Today

    Automobile accidents can be a minor annoyance in your life, or they could be devastating events that leave you permanently injured, or a family member deceased. If you believe the injuries you have suffered in an automobile accident were another driver’s fault, you should speak with an automobile accident attorney as soon as possible. The Jackson, Mississippi law firm of Porter & Malouf, P.A., has years of experience in handling automobile accident cases. In 2002, Porter & Malouf, P.A. was ranked the 14th winningest law firm in the United States by the National Law Journal, and has received a rating of AV by Martindale Hubbell. To speak with one of our seasoned personal injury attorneys, you may contact us online, or you may call us at (601) 957-1173 to schedule your free consultation.