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Car accidents are, unfortunately, all too common an occurrence in Mississippi. Our state has one of the highest car accident rates in the country and, tragically, one of the highest fatality rates, as well. In fact, Mississippi dominated the list of states in terms of car-related fatalities for four straight years in the 2010s and has actually held that title every year since 1999 except for three years.
Driving in Mississippi is serious business. If you’ve been in a car accident, you likely are dealing with the many consequences of this dramatic event. Chances are you are dealing with serious injuries, damage to your vehicle, and even financial consequences as a result of this accident. Winning a car accident lawsuit may be at the top of your list of priorities, giving you a way to right wrongs and get you back in solid financial shape. How can you win a car accident in Mississippi? Here are some tips you can use to ensure that you have the best car accident claim possible and receive the damages you deserve.
In the aftermath of a car accident, the scene can be quite chaotic. You are likely in pain yourself and receiving treatment from medical professionals on the scene. While it can be difficult, given these complexities, it is also crucial to a car accident lawsuit that you collect evidence on the scene as soon as possible. If you have a friend or family member nearby, have them take photos and videos of the scene in detail. You will also want to collect names and contact information from anyone who witnessed your car accident.
All of this will go towards building your case, and you never want to leave collecting evidence to chance or delay it. Evidence can disappear quickly, too, especially on public roads that need to be cleared for traffic. Make sure to collect your evidence to protect the value of your case. Better yet, contact a car accident attorney who can do that work for you.
See a Doctor
Sometimes, people who have been in accidents like to say they are doing just ‘fine.’ While in some rare instances this may be true, more often than not they are just unaware of how they have been impacted by an accident. This is usually due to the surge of adrenaline and other hormones that has flooded their system as a result of the accident.
You never want to be the person who turns down medical care. For one, your health and well-being are on the line. Avoiding medical care can cause you serious physical harm.
Secondly, not seeing a doctor can do damage to your claim, as well. If the insurance company eventually gets wind of the fact that you didn’t see a doctor immediately after your accident, they will use this as an opportunity to say that you were not that hurt in the incident. They might even allege that your injuries were from another event and not the accident itself.
Do right by yourself and your case by seeing a doctor as soon as possible after your accident.
Listen to Your Doctor
You would think that this would be a given, but it is surprising how many people don’t listen to their doctor’s recommendations after they receive treatment. No matter what your doctor says, even if you think it is silly or unnecessary, it is absolutely crucial that you do as your doctor asks.
Your doctor isn’t making these recommendations for no reason. They are doing so to ensure that you have the best recovery possible. Ignoring your doctor puts your health and recovery at risk.
It also can do damage to your eventual car accident claim. If the insurance company sees that you have not adhered to your doctor’s advice, they may use this to devalue your claim.
Listen to everything your doctor says. If you are asked to refrain from certain activities, do that, as well. Going on a fun ski trip isn’t worth the damage it could do to your claim. Rest up and follow your doctor’s advice to keep your claim in the best shape possible.
Hire an Attorney Right Away
Next, you want to make sure to hire an attorney as soon as you can after your accident. You may think you have plenty of time, but that is not the case.
In Mississippi, you are held to a statute of limitations when it comes to filing a personal injury claim. If you’re injured in Mississippi as you have been in a car accident, you have three years from the date the accident occurred to file a personal injury lawsuit. This may seem as if it’s a long stretch of time, but it can go quickly.
Additionally, as mentioned above, collecting evidence is key to the well-being of your case— who better to do that than an experienced attorney who knows what to look for? And when evidence disappears as quickly as it can in a car accident, isn’t getting someone on it sooner rather than later a good idea?
An attorney will also be able to advise you on next steps. You may think you know what to do, but that is not always the case. Say, for example, your car accident involved a commercial truck. An attorney with experience in accidents would know exactly how to handle this situation, including the multiple attorneys and insurance companies that may be involved.
You are also likely very impacted by your car accident. You can’t expect to be able to heal from your injuries and work a case on your own. Getting a car accident attorney on your side means that you can dedicate your time to what matters most— getting back to health and wellness.
Contact Brad Morris Law Firm Today
If you have been in a car accident, contact the attorneys at Brad Morris Law Firm right away. We can advise you on next steps, start collecting evidence and witness statements, and get your case off on the right foot from the very beginning. You deserve the highest compensation for the injuries and trauma you have experienced as a result of your car accident. We can help.
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