Archive for the ‘Hit And Run Accidents’ Category

Fight or Flight? Fleeing The Scene of An Accident

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Driving is one part of our lives that we seem to come face-to-face with every single day no matter how hectic, or relaxed our schedules may be. We rely not only on our vehicles, but ultimately the road in order to help us get all of the tasks, and responsibilities in our lives accomplished properly, and in a timely manner. However, one important aspect of the road that we rely on is that of safety, which unfortunately is not present many times we find ourselves on the road.

Will You Do The Right Thing?

As we are all well aware accidents are an unavoidable and inevitable aspect of our lives. Whether we can predict them occurring a few moments before they occur, or as we are in the process of doing them we can most certainly expect consequences to result from them. When you are involved in an accident on the road the consequences can vary greatly, but all pertain around damage to your vehicle, sustaining injuries, and even potentially that of death. While most of the time individuals who are involved in an accident just wait for law enforcement officials to arrive, or talk among themselves about what needs to result from the accident some individuals actually decide to flee the scene.

What You Can Expect From Fleeing The Scene

When you flee the scene of an accident whether it is your fault or not you are complicating yourself not only legally, but also potentially with your health. We can see in past cases that those drivers who caused an accident who then flee the scene completely demolish their chances of a defense at all within their case. By fleeing the scene you are showing that you acknowledge the fact that you are solely responsible for the accident in question. Many times, drivers who do flee the scene of an accident faces serious legal complications and charges aside from their accident that can result in an addition to legal fines, or jail time.

Remember, although accidents are a normal aspect of our lives do not let that be an excuse for you to settle for anything less than what you deserve when involved in an auto accident. Contact an experienced auto accident attorney immediately when you, or a loved one are involved in an auto accident of any kind in order to fight for your rights, your case, and you’re the damages you could potentially be entitled to.

If you suffer any of these serious injuries because of an anesthesia mistake, our experienced Mississippi anesthesia medical malpractice lawyers are committed to assisting victims of substandard medical care obtain the financial compensation to rebuild their lives.  At Barrett Law, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (662) 834-2376 to see how we can help.

Know Your Options in a Mississippi Hit and Run Car Accident

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

If you are involved in a Mississippi car crash, you may be overwhelmed with pain and anxiety. The aftermath of a Mississippi car accident can result in financial challenges and uncertainty about the future, especially if the personal injury victim suffers serious injuries that result in long-term or permanent loss of household income. If you or your loved one suffers catastrophic injuries that require lifelong supportive care, the financial implications for a family can be daunting. These issues are compounded when the negligent driver in your auto accident flees the scene of the accident. Hit and run auto accidents can leave an accident victim with the challenge of locating and identifying the other driver.

A driver who is involved in an auto accident in Mississippi that results in bodily injury is required to remain at the scene, exchange information and render aid. If the other driver fails to stop and render aid, the driver may be convicted of a felony. Our experienced Mississippi hit and run accident attorneys work closely with law enforcement to identify negligent drivers that cause serious injury or wrongful death to innocent accident victims. There are many ways that a thorough investigation can help identify a negligent driver in a Mississippi auto accident including interviewing witnesses to the accident, talking with homeowners and business owners n the area, reviewing surveillance footage from cameras on local business premises and other methods of investigation.

The attorneys at our Mississippi auto accident law firm also carefully investigate hit and run auto accident cases to identify other possible parties who may be liable for your accident including:

Public Entities: If the design or condition of the roadway contributed to your Mississippi car accident, the public entity responsible for making the roadway safe may share liability for your accident. The public entity may be a viable defendant when the negligent driver in a hit and run accident cannot be identified.

Automaker: Sometimes defects in your vehicle may contribute to your car accident making the manufacturer or retailer of the vehicle a responsible party in your auto accident. For example, faulty brakes, defective tires or other defects in the vehicle may be partially responsible for the accident.

Repair Shop: If you have recently had your vehicle serviced, the failure to do the repairs properly may also mean the repair shop shares liability for the accident.

Even if the only responsible party to your accident flees and cannot be identified, you may still be able to seek compensation from your own insurance company if you are injured in a hit and run accident. Because Mississippi is among the states with the most uninsured drivers, most insurance companies in Mississippi encourage drivers to get the minimum amount of uninsured motorist coverage (UM). If you have uninsured motorist coverage, it will provide compensation that you could have received from the other driver in the hit and run in a Mississippi personal injury lawsuit.

If you are seriously injured, UM coverage can protect your family from financial disaster following a serious auto accident so it is advisable to get the maximum UM coverage that you can. If you have multiple vehicles, Mississippi law even permits you to buy the maximum coverage on each vehicle and stack the coverage.

At the Barrett Law Office, our Mississippi accident attorneys represent those injured in serious car accidents with hit and run drivers throughout Mississippi. We offer a free initial consultation so if you have questions about UM coverage, hit and run accidents or any other car accident related issue in Mississippi call us at (662) 834-2376 so that we can answer your questions and advise you of your rights.