Mississippi Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
If you’re here reading about pedestrian accidents, you’re likely in a lot of pain. Pedestrian accidents are terrible. We see clients who have survived being hit by a car while walking. It’s devastating. You deserve justice. You can talk to our Mississippi pedestrian accident lawyer during a free consultation. Call today to set up a free consultation.
How to Know If You Have a Pedestrian Accident Claim
To understand if you have a claim, you need to first understand the process. In the case of a pedestrian accident, there are typically two parties involved. The pedestrian who got hit and the driver of the vehicle that hit them.
Bringing a pedestrian accident claim means that you have a case against the liable party. The liable party is usually the driver of the vehicle.
The liable party’s insurance company will be responsible for compensating you for your damages. Those damages include medical expenses and lost wages, as well as pain and suffering.
Now that we’ve gone over that, here is a way to see if you should talk to our Mississippi pedestrian accident lawyers about filing a claim. Ask yourself these questions:
- Did I get hit by a vehicle?
- Did I get badly injured from this accident?
- Did this happen because the driver was being careless?
- Did this happen within three years from the date of the accident?
If you answer yes to these questions, you likely can file a pedestrian accident claim. It’s best to sit down for a free consultation with a lawyer to confirm that you are eligible for a claim.
Laws and Rules to Be Aware Of
The Mississippi statute of limitations states that you have until three years after the date of the pedestrian accident to bring your claim. Trying to bring a claim after that timeline would be impossible. The law does not allow it. We strongly urge you to act quickly to file.
Another law you should be aware of is the shared fault laws. Shared fault is a law that says what kind of compensation a victim can receive when their role in the accident is taken into consideration. It is called pure comparative negligence.
The way pure comparative negligence works is as follows:
- Anyone who is deemed 100% at fault gets 0% compensation.
- Anyone who is deemed partially at fault gets partial compensation.
- Ex: Sarah was deemed 20% at fault for the pedestrian accident. She gets 80% of her $100,000 compensation award.
- Anyone who is deemed 0% at fault gets full compensation.
We work diligently to prevent you from being blamed for any percent of the accident.
The Role of the Insurance Company
Since the liable party’s insurance company is responsible for compensating you, they are going to try to affect how much compensation you actually get. We try to keep them from affecting your justice in a negative way. You don’t deserve for your case to be thrown out or reduced.
They will try to get you to give them a recorded statement. If they get someone to agree to that, they get full control of that statement. They can use anything said in it to try to argue for reducing or eliminating a claim. They are trained to get answers from victims that make them seem at fault or like they’re lying.
We urge you not to give them a statement. It won’t help you in the long run. You are also not legally obligated to give them a statement.
Building a Strong Claim
At the scene of the accident, you may be too injured to stay there and collect evidence. If that’s the case, have someone get there as soon as possible and collect evidence. You need evidence to build a strong claim. Take photos and videos of everything. Get contact information from anyone who was a witness to the accident. Get the insurance information from the driver who hit you. Don’t let the scene get cleaned up without this evidence. You may have the police come onto the scene. They can take a report. Make sure you get a copy of that report.
Meeting with and working with a Mississippi pedestrian accident lawyer can be a good way to build a strong claim. We handle cases like yours all the time. It’s something we know how to do well. Hiring a lawyer is a good way to go.
You also need to make sure that you’re taking care of yourself. You need to get treatment for your pain. No one wants to stay in pain. So, go to the emergency room, urgent care, or primary care physician as soon as possible. If they give you advice on how to get better, you need to take that advice. We understand you might have responsibilities to take care of, but nothing should take priority over getting medical care.
Call Our Mississippi Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
You deserve to get justice for the wrongdoing that left you injured. Negligence should be corrected so this doesn’t continue to happen to other people. We can help you. Please call our Mississippi pedestrian accident lawyers today. Get your free consultation.