Car Accident Lawyers Serving Clients in Mississippi
The Mississippi car accident lawyers at Roberts Wilson, P.A. have earned a reputation for helping injured Mississippians recover the full and fair compensation they deserve after a serious wreck.
If you were injured in a car crash because of someone else’s negligence, contact Roberts Wilson, P.A. today online or at (662) 533-9111 for a free case evaluation. Our experienced attorneys fight diligently on behalf of our neighbors in Oxford, Holly Springs, Batesville, Pontotoc, Desoto & Tate counties, and other areas throughout Mississippi and beyond.
We handle car accident cases on a contingency basis, which means you don’t pay us anything unless we reach a successful outcome in your case. When you call us for a free case review, we will listen to your story, assess the merits of your claim, and explain your rights and legal options. You are under no obligation to move forward with our firm after calling us. You risk nothing by contacting our office today.
Do I Need a Car Accident Lawyer?
It is usually in your best interest to contact an attorney after any wreck in which you suffer injuries. While some collisions are simply inconvenient fender benders, other car wrecks can change peoples’ lives forever, causing catastrophic injuries and financial hardships.
After a serious crash, you may be facing pain, disability, high medical bills, and time away from work. A car accident lawyer will protect your rights and fight for the full value of your losses so you can focus on healing.
An attorney is an invaluable resource for you when seeking justice after an accident. Your lawyer can assist with a variety of issues that you may be unable or unprepared to handle, such as:
- Matters of serious injury: The more serious your injury is, the more important it is to seek legal counsel. Not only can a serious injury cause physical pain and emotional distress, but rehabilitation and long-term care can be extremely costly, and put your financial well-being at risk. An attorney understands how a serious injury can affect your life and pursue the full value of your claim.
- Matters of complex liability: Although the question of fault can be relatively straightforward in some cases, determining liability can be extremely complicated in others. Depending on the details of your crash, one or more parties could share fault for your injuries, such as a bar that sold alcohol to a visibly intoxicated driver, an auto parts manufacturer who made a defective vehicle component, a government agency that failed to maintain a road or its road signs, or an employer of a negligent driver who was on the clock at the time of the wreck.
- Matters involving extensive damages: After a crash involving a serious injury, bills can quickly add up to hundreds of thousands – and even millions – of dollars. When dealing with extremely high damages, you cannot leave your future in the hands of an insurance company. Insurers are in the business of making a profit, not paying out claims. They will do everything possible to reduce your settlement or deny your claim altogether. An attorney who is familiar with the legal process and insurance company tactics will know how to negotiate for the full value of your damages or fight for what you deserve in court.
A Mississippi car accident lawyer at Roberts Wilson P.A. will guide you through every step of the legal process and make sure your rights are protected at every turn. Our attorneys are not intimidated by insurance companies and their large legal teams and we don’t back down from a fight.
Why Do I Need an Attorney After a Car Accident?
No one expects to be in an auto accident. In an instant, you may be facing pain, disability, high medical bills, emotional trauma, and time away from work you and your family can’t afford. Most car accident victims are not experienced in the insurance process or the legal process after a crash. Many accident victims are uncertain about how to proceed and frightened about their physical and financial future.
Insurance adjusters handle insurance claims for a living. They are highly trained to pay as little as possible and they know exactly what they are doing. This creates an imbalance of power because car wreck victims are almost always the least experienced people participating in the claims process, but they have the most to lose. Accident victims are usually at the mercy of “experts” who do not have their best interests at heart.
If you were hurt in a car accident, securing a settlement from the insurance company will be an essential step on your road to recovery. You need to make sure you receive fair compensation. If you don’t, your medical bills, lost earnings, and other losses won’t be fully covered.
Although there are not any guarantees, you are more likely to obtain a higher settlement with an experienced auto accident lawyer on your side. When representing you, an attorney will:
- Investigate the facts in your case
- Gather evidence to support your claim
- Determine the full value of your economic and non-economic losses
- Negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company
- Take your case to court if a fair settlement cannot be negotiated
It is crucial to avoid settling for less than you deserve. You only get one chance. If you accept a low settlement, you won’t be able to go back and ask for more. A car accident lawyer at Roberts Wilson, P.A. will fight for the maximum compensation you need and deserve.
Why Should I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer After a Car Accident?
How Long Do You Have to File a Claim After an Accident in Mississippi?
Mississippi law gives you a maximum of 3 years to make a personal injury claim after a car accident. This time limit is known as the statute of limitations. The Mississippi Code section 15-1-49 states that:
All actions for which no other period of limitation is prescribed shall be commenced within three (3) years next after the cause of such action accrued, and not after.
Effectively, this is a “catch-all” three-year statute of limitations that applies to virtually all lawsuits arising from an accident or other incident where one person’s carelessness caused another person’s injuries or other losses. But this catch-all does not apply to every situation.
Every case must be carefully analyzed to determine its statute of limitations. Mississippi has three different statutes of limitations:
- One (1) year for state and municipal governmental entities
- Two (2) years for cases against the United States of America (like postal carriers)
- Three (3) years for private vs. private person or entity.
If you miss the window to file a claim for your injuries, you will likely also miss your chance to recover damages for your losses. Because of this, you should not wait to speak to a car accident attorney. Evidence must be gathered and legal steps must be taken promptly to ensure that you exercise your rights before the statute of limitations expires.
Additionally, it takes time to negotiate a car accident settlement. If you prolong the settlement process, you may be left with not enough time to file a lawsuit.
At Roberts Wilson, P.A., our car accident attorneys have extensive knowledge of the time limits that apply to car accident claims. We will file your claim promptly, negotiate with the insurance company, and (if necessary) file a lawsuit and take your case to court.
“I was in an accident involving someone driving under the influence. The insurance company wasn’t being fair. This firm immediately started working on my behalf when I called them and did a great job. I would definitely use them again. Emily was great to work with.”
Common Causes of Car Accidents in Mississippi
Auto accidents can be caused by any number of issues. At our Mississippi auto accident practice, some of the most common causes of crashes we see are related to:
- Distracted driving: Many car wrecks are caused by driver distractions. According to the Mississippi Department of Health, three-quarters of adult drivers report that they have spoken on a mobile phone while behind the wheel and one-third admit to having read, written, or sent a text message while driving.
- Speeding: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that an average of 76 people die every year in Mississippi because of speeding.
- Impaired driving: Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can impair a person’s vision, judgment, and reaction time. According to the Mississippi Department of Transportation, 18% of all traffic deaths in the state were linked to drunk driving in one recent year.
- Innatentiveness: Accidents often occur when someone pulls onto a road without paying attention to oncoming traffic. This is extremely dangerous and can lead to catastrophic outcomes. It’s also one of the ways in which rear-end accidents can be blamed on the driver who was rear-ended as opposed to the other way around.
- Defective vehicle parts: Faulty equipment is another cause of accidents we often see. For instance, a person’s tail lights might not be working or a tire might fail and cause the person to leave the road and hit a tree. Faulty equipment can also play a role in wrecks when it is raining. It is extremely important to make sure your tires are not “bald” when you are driving in the rain because it is far easier to hydroplane with bad tires than it is with good ones. Hydroplaning can also be avoided by simply slowing down.
- Aggressive driving: While speeding is the most common form of aggressive driving, any dangerous driving habit can constitute aggressive driving, whether due to a disregard for safety or deliberately and with ill intention. Aggressive driving can include tailgating, erratic lane changes, failing to obey traffic signals, making improper turns, and much more. In some cases, aggressive driving escalates to the point of road rage.
While there are numerous causes of car accidents in Mississippi, the end results often have one thing in common: Good people find themselves in situations they didn’t cause and don’t deserve. An Oxford car accident lawyer can help you pursue the compensation you deserve and hold those responsible for your losses accountable for their actions.
Common Injuries After a Car Accident
A car accident can have long-term, even permanent, consequences. Some of the most common injuries sustained in a Mississippi car accident include:
- Brain injuries: Traumatic brain injuries can affect a person’s ability to think and perform daily tasks. Brain injuries can cause mood and sleep disorders and result in lifelong disabilities.
- Spinal cord injuries: Damage to the spinal cord can result in full or partial loss of sensation, mobility, and function in multiple areas of the body. A spinal cord injury can prevent someone from earning a wage and enjoying the quality of life to which they were accustomed.
- Scarring and disfigurement: Facial injuries and scars can alter a person’s appearance. While reconstructive and plastic surgery may be able to help some car crash victims, others suffer permanent disfigurement. In addition to possibly affecting a person’s employment prospects, severe scars can cause long-term depression and anxiety.
- Burn injuries: These types of injuries can be among the most painful and disfiguring injuries car accident victims can experience. In extreme cases, burns can penetrate underlying fat, muscle, and bone and lead to amputation or even death.
Serious injuries can occur in any vehicle collision, even low-speed crashes. At Roberts Wilson P.A., we know that every case – just like every client – is different. We thoroughly investigate the unique facts in every situation and never take a one-size-fits-all approach to client care.
Mississippi Car Accident Law
Like all states, Mississippi has its own set of rules and regulations regarding auto accidents and how they are handled before and after they go to court. At our office, we generally always give the insurance company an opportunity to settle a claim before filing a lawsuit. However, knowing the law and how it pertains to your case is of utmost importance. Many insurance adjusters do their best to pay accident victims as little as possible, prioritizing their bottom line over your best interests.
Mississippi car accident law involves a number of important considerations, such as:
There are two important insurance rules that can have a considerable impact on your financial recovery after a car accident:
- Individuals must carry at least $25,000 in liability coverage.
- In Mississippi, a person can “stack” their applicable uninsured motorist coverage. This means that you may have more uninsured motorist coverage than you or the adjuster thinks you have. This determination requires careful analysis of your damages and your insurance policies by an attorney.
Mississippi is a Comparative-fault state
Under Miss. Code § 11-7-15, the amount of compensation you can recover after an accident is related to your percentage of fault in the wreck. For example, if your damages are $100,000 and you were found to be 20% responsible for the collision, you would be entitled to recover $80,000 is damages.
Unlike other states, in Mississippi, you can still recover damages even if you were 99 percent responsible for the crash and the other driver is one percent liable.
How Long Does a Car Accident Claim Take?
Each case is unique and there is generally no way to predict how long a particular case will take. At Roberts Wilson, P.A., we do our best to have cases resolved in less than 12 months of being hired by a client. Some cases settle sooner and some take longer. While settling a case quickly offers numerous benefits, it is never a good idea to settle a case prematurely, before understanding all of the facts in your case and knowing the true extent of your injuries and losses.
How Much Compensation Can I get After a Car Accident Claim?
The amount of compensation someone may be entitled to after a wreck varies from case to case. Compensation depends on a variety of factors, such as whether or not the person was drinking and driving, speeding, or driving recklessly. The extent of the victim’s injuries is also a crucial consideration in any car accident claim.
Below are some general factors we consider to determine the fair and just value of an auto accident claim:
- Hospital bills
- Future medical expenses
- Punitive damages
- Quality of life
- Missing work
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
- Lost wages
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of consortium
- Other harms and losses
Can I Still be Compensated if I was Partially at Fault?
Yes, you can! As discussed above, Mississippi is a “comparative fault” state which means that a victim can still recover from the other party if they are partially at fault.
Should I Accept the Insurance Company’s Offer after a Car Accident?
At our office, we advise clients and potential clients to make NO decisions and provide NO statements to an insurance company until consulting an attorney.
Please keep in mind that there are many instances where an accident victim will have a “duty to cooperate” with an insurance company. Because of this, it is crucial that you seek advice very quickly after a car wreck. Your case may depend on obtaining proper guidance from an experienced car wreck attorney.
Generally speaking, insurance companies are in the business of making money and want to pay as little as possible on personal injury claims. On the other hand, a car accident lawyer is committed to protecting the rights and best interests of his or her client. At Roberts Wilson, P.A., we place your recovery and well-being over everything. That’s why we offer free initial consultations and handle car wreck cases on a contingency basis, meaning we don’t get paid unless we achieve a successful outcome in your case.
A car accident lawyer can help to prepare your statement and choose your words to convey the real facts in your case. Accident victims are regular people who often speak informally and may use terms they do not fully understand. These honest mistakes can harm your case and put your recovery and future in jeopardy. Under no circumstances should you tell a lie after a wreck. Your best option is to speak with a Mississippi auto accident attorney as soon as possible.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer?
We know how intimidating the legal process can be, and many victims avoid talking to an attorney because they are afraid it will be too expensive and result in obtaining less compensation for their losses. This is not true.
Not only do the vast majority of car accident victims obtain higher settlements and verdicts with an attorney, but you risk nothing by discussing your case with a lawyer. At Roberts Wilson, P.A. we proudly offer our clients peace of mind through our:
- Contingency Fee Agreement: We do not get paid unless we are successful at settling or winning your case at the courthouse.
- No upfront costs: We advance all expenses which do not have to be paid back unless there is a recovery. Some examples of the expenses we advance are below.
- Medical record costs
- Fees for crash report
- Filing Fees
- Deposition costs
- Accident Reconstruction costs
- Expert witness fees
Benefits of Hiring Roberts Wilson to Handle Your Car Accident Claim
At Roberts Wilson, P.A., handling accident and injury claims is almost all we do. All day, every day, our attorneys and staff help accident victims pursue justice against careless drivers and their insurance companies. Because this is all we do, we have extensive experience in these matters and we are good at what we do.
Another important factor about our practice is that we are local. With all the attorney advertising on television and other platforms, it can be hard to tell whether or not a lawyer is from your community or from out of state. Our attorneys are licensed in Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. However, our primary geographical area of practice is right here in North Mississippi. Based in Oxford, we are centrally located to serve our North Mississippi community. Our primary service area includes but is not limited to the following areas:
- Holly Springs
- Water Valley
Benefits of Hiring a Local Attorney
Here are just some of the benefits of hiring a local attorney at Robert Wilson, P.A.:
- A local attorney will be more accessible
- You can ask your friends about us
- We know the value of your case in your community
- We have a working relationship with local claims adjusters
- We can more easily investigate local accidents because we are here
- We can more easily file a lawsuit when it is necessary
If you were hurt in a car accident, you may be facing high medical bills, disability, and time away from work that you and your family cannot afford. It is important to talk to a Mississippi car accident lawyer at Roberts Wilson, P.A. as soon as possible. Your future could depend on it.
Don’t face your injuries alone. Contact Roberts Wilson, P.A. today online or at (662) 533-9111 for a free case evaluation. Our firm serves clients in Oxford, Holly Springs, Batesville, Pontotoc, Desoto & Tate counties, and other areas throughout Mississippi and beyond.