Mississippi Auto Accident Attorneys Help You Get Fair Compensation for Your Injuries
Obtaining justice for car crash victims in Pascagoula and throughout the state
Whenever you get behind the wheel of your car, you run the risk of being involved in an auto accident. Each year, millions of collisions occur on the road. Some of these accidents are minor fender-benders with little property damage and no bodily injuries, but some are catastrophic accidents resulting in permanent disabilities or death. At Cumbest, Cumbest, Hunter & McCormick, we hold the negligent party responsible for your injuries and fight for fair compensation.
What are the common injuries suffered in auto accidents?
Car accidents can cause a wide range of damage, from minor personal injuries and property damage to wrongful death. Our attorneys have experience seeking justice for numerous types of injuries, including:
- Brain injury
- Broken bones
- Cuts and lacerations
- Internal injuries
- Neck and shoulder injuries
- Soft-tissue damage
- Spinal cord Injury
A catastrophic auto accident can change your life forever. If you have sustained serious injuries or a loved one was killed in a car accident, you deserve to have quality legal representation.
Common causes of car accidents in Mississippi
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Mississippi has the third highest rate of traffic fatalities per vehicle miles traveled, behind West Virginia and Montana. Alcohol plays a major role in fatal crashes: of the drivers who were killed in car crashes in Mississippi between 2004 and 2013, 42 percent had blood alcohol content (BAC) above the legal limit, and 13 percent of the drivers who survived crashes in which someone else was killed had an illegally high BAC. (These statistics reflect only drivers whose BAC was known.)
Speed is also a factor: out of 613 fatal crashes in 2013, 113 involved excessive speed. Other factors in Mississippi auto accidents include:
- Cellphone use
- Driver distraction
- Failure to yield
- Illegal passing
It is also worth noting that 58 percent of motorists and passengers who died in Mississippi car crashes were not wearing seat belts. While failing to buckle up does not cause an accident, it can cause a person to perish in a survivable accident.
How is fault determined in a car accident in Mississippi?
Mississippi is a pure comparative fault state. All parties to the accident are eligible for compensation, but the amount of damages each receives is reduced by a percentage equal to that person’s share of fault. For example, if you claim $100,000 in damages, but are 10 percent at fault, you would receive $90,000 from the other driver. If the other driver claims $50,000 in damages, due to your 10 percent liability, you would have to pay $5,000.
Determining fault in an auto accident can be a challenging process. Each party has a different perspective, and witnesses at different vantage points can offer differing accounts. This is an area where an experienced personal injury attorney can help maximize the amount of money you recover.
Protect yourself and assert your rights
A claims adjustor will contact you immediately after an accident and attempt to settle your claim as fast as possible for as little money as possible. Claims adjustors work for the insurance company, not you. They typically attempt to minimize your injuries and present the facts to make it appear you were at least partly at fault.
You must protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve by working with an experienced personal injury lawyer who knows the laws governing insurance companies and their tactics. Our attorneys are prepared to advocate for your interests and pursue fair compensation for you.
Contact dedicated Pascagoula attorneys to discuss your personal injury case
At Cumbest, Cumbest, Hunter & McCormick, our attorneys have 50 years of experience helping clients get fair compensation for their injuries. Call us at 866-461-1591 or contact us online to schedule a confidential consultation.