Personal Injury Attorney in Jackson MS

When you are looking for a personal injury attorney in Jackson MS there are several things you should consider. We think that three categories should be given specific attention: Accessibility, Practice Areas, and Review by other clients.

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Things to consider when choosing a personal injury attorney in Jackson MS.

Accessibility

How many ways you have to get in touch with and get a response from your attorney is an important consideration that often goes unnoticed. Being Personal Injury attorneys in Jackson MS, we strive to provide several different ways for you to get in touch with us. From email, to our contact us page, and phone there are numerous ways to go and friendly, knowledgeable staff on the other end ready to help. All consultations are free, and we are happy to speak with you about any legal question you might have.

Practice Areas

When considering an attorney you should be able to tell by their content whether they practice in a certain area or not. Our firm practices only in personal injury, and has had experience in many different types of cases as a Personal Injury Attorney in Jackson MS. Our practice areas include, 18-wheeler wrecks, work injuries, car wrecks, spinal injuries, motorcycle wrecks, injuries to joggers, pedestrians and those in motorized vehicles. Making insurance claims in these sorts of cases is something we know how to do, and are happy to talk about to anyone who has been in one of these incidents in a free consultation.

Reviews

One other thing to look for is how an attorney is rated. We are proud of our superb AVVO rating. Our profile, including testimonials can be found at AVVO. These ratings, can help to give you an idea of other’s experiences with certain attorney, but you should use as many different sources of information that are available to you in order to determine how to proceed with an attorney.

Bicycle Hit by a Car

Even with the new laws protecting bicyclists in Mississippi (John Paul Frerer Act) it is still far too easy for a bicyclist to be hit by a car. Mississippi has recently imposed a three foot of distance when passing law, meaning that automobiles must provide at least three feet of space when passing a bicyclist. This law is meant to prevent additional brain injuries and death due to cars hitting bicyclists.(Bicycle Hit by a Car)

Bicycle Hit by a Car

Bicycles have been given equal footing with cars as a vehicle in Mississippi.

There has been a movement in Mississippi recently to promote vehicles completely changing lanes when passing bicyclists rather than just allowing the minimum of three feet. The reasoning for the statute, and the movement to completely change lanes is good.

On roadways as a bicyclist you may sometimes notice a backdraft as vehicles and big trucks pass by you. The closer these vehicles are to you, the closer these vehicles come to a bicyclist, the more likely the bicyclist is to be destabilized by a truck passing by and crash.

Bike Safely in Mississippi

There are many benefits that bike riders enjoy in Mississippi (Bike Safely in Mississippi) today that they did not previously enjoy. First,  laws have been passed providing bicyclists increased safety in the state. One such law requires that motorists give bicyclists three feet when passing them on the roadway. Miss. Code Ann. §63-3-1309.

“a motorist shall leave a safe distance of not less than three (3) feet between his vehicle and the bicyclist and shall maintain such clearance until safely past the bicycle.”

Another Mississippi statute explicitly states that bicyclists must be treated as a motorist would treat another vehicle in the roadway and that:

“it is unlawful to harass, taunt or maliciously throw an object at or in the direction of any person riding a bicycle.”

These laws have raised awareness of bicyclists on the road and their rights, hopefully providing a safer roadway for all bicyclists in the state.

Mississippi Bicycle Safety

There are several general rules to be followed in general bicycle safety in Mississippi.

  1. Wear head protection;
  2. Test your bike before beginning to ride;
  3. Don’t be distracted by music or a cell phone;
  4. Make sure you are visible;
    • wear reflective clothing
    • be aware of the necessary requirements for reflectors and flashers
  5. Be Alert and look for upcoming obstacles;
  6. Bike the same direction as traffic and obey all the same traffic signals as a car;
    • this is opposite from pedestrians who travel against traffic.

Many other safety resources will provide information on how to bike more safely.

http://www.nhtsa.gov/Bicycles

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/bike/safety.htm

Bicyclists Should Carry Uninsured Motorist Coverage

We have had several cases where bicyclists have had traumatic injuries due to a car hitting them as they rode their bike these individuals utilized their uninsured motorist coverage on their vehicle auto insurance to pay for some of their medical bills or damages. These coverages often pay for injuries occurring in cars, or caused by cars. For this reason we tell our clients to max out their uninsured motorist / underinsured motorist coverages.

Bicyclists Should Carry Uninsured Motorist Coverage

Policies of insurance vary in their language, but our experience so far with Uninsured Motorist and Underinsured Motorist coverages have provided coverage to bicyclists. Additionally, in Mississippi, uninsured motorists coverages stack meaning if there are multiple vehicles on a policy each vehicle will bring its value into a stacked value that you and the individuals living in your home are able to access when they are injured by a driver who doesn’t have enough insurance coverage.

The language of these policies often provides for injuries to pedestrians, injuries to bicyclists, injuries to passengers and any other injury caused by or in a car. In pedestrian and bicycle wrecks the injuries to the individual are often very serious and require as much of the insurance proceeds as may be available (the policy limits).

 How much Uninsured Motorist Coverage can I buy?

Uninsured Motorist and Underinsured motorist coverages are capped based on the amount of liability coverage carried on the vehicle policy. So for instance, if you carry 25,000.00/50,000.00 in liability coverage on your policy then you will only be allowed to carry 50,000.00/100,000.00 in uninsured coverages. For this reason it may be worthwhile to update you liability coverages as you update your uninsured coverages in order to carry an appropriate amount of uninsured motorist coverage.

Uninsured Motorist coverages are the best buy in insurance in my experience and when you or a family member need it you will be glad that you have covered yourself against the individual that injured you not having nearly enough insurance to provide for your injuries. When you make a claim against an uninsured or underinsured policy you are dealing with your own insurance company. Your insurance company owes special responsibilities to you to investigate any claim you bring, evaluate claims quickly,  to some exent gather medical bills and records and owes the highest duty between parties to you, a fiduciary duty. If the insurance company is caught failing to live up to these duties there could be dire consequences for the parent company.

If you have any additional questions about your current insurance coverages, would like an estimate of the types of injuries that could be caused in a bicycle wreck with an automobile or have a claim you need to make against an uninsured motorist policy, contact us, we will be glad to speak with you.

 

Runners or Walkers Hit by Car

Runners or Walkers are in increasing danger on the roadways of Mississippi. Walkers are frequently injured or killed and at a rate that is just behind injury or death to a passenger in a motor vehicle wreck. We teach our children to pay attention and look both ways before crossing the street. Sometimes this training is not enough to prevent injury or death while on foot as a pedestrian.

  The injury rate for pedestrians is in the thousands every year, and with distracted driving due to cell phones, email and text messages, this number is only going up. Any pedestrian or bicyclist who is injured by an automobile has a potential claim for damages as a result of his injuries. If you or a family member are injured by an automobile while a walker our attorneys are standing by to answer any question that you have about your injuries and ongoing medical treatment.

  At the scene of the wreck it is important to get any information you can about the wreck, the names of the drivers, get a police report for the wreck and get any medical treatment that you may need. Evidence at the scene of the wreck my also be important: information about the location of the wreck, the contact information of any witnesses, the contact information of the driver, and any insurance information that may be available at the scene of the wreck.

  A witness of the wreck may be important to establish liability on the part of the at fault party. Usually, pedestrians have the right of way and vehicles should yield to them. It may be helpful to have an attorney assist you prior to giving any statement.

Distracted Drivers and Bicycle Wrecks

All over the country individuals continue to choose to use cell phones while operating cars and trucks. Activities like texting, emailing, surfing the internet and even looking up a phone number take the focus and attention of the driver off of the road and allow the unthinkable to happen to a bicyclist. New laws have been passed in Mississippi in order to provide that bicyclists would be more protected and protected on the roadways of Mississippi.Distracted Drivers and Bicycle Wrecks.

The John Paul Frerer Act, enacted in 2010, provides that bicyclists will be given all the benefits of vehicles on the roadway. Additionally the law provides that when passing a bicyclist on the roadway that a driver should provide at least 3 feet of space as the vehicle passes.

Distracted Drivers cause more wrecks

The roadways can be a much more dangerous place for bicyclists today when the focus required to see bicyclists which are roughly 1/3 less visible than cars or trucks is spent consistently fixated on electronic devices.


In order to stop or avoid an obstacle in the road, the driver of an automobile needs time to react. When electronic devices are in the mix in a car wreck involving a bicyclist that time to react is increased dramatically. A recent study by Texas A&M Transportation Institute shows that reaction time is doubled by cell phone use.

Undistracted Drivers

Questions are often raised in wreck cases that are handled by Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys of whether full attention has been paid to the road or if the driver of the vehicle that caused the wreck with a bicyclist was:

  • utilizing a cell phone,
  • sending a text message,
  • sending a tweet,
  • checking email,
  • surfing the internet,
  • streaming video,
  • checking facebook, or
  • holding the phone in one hand.

There are methods that skilled attorneys can employ to forensically examine the cell phone of the driver, usage records, call records and other information to prove that an individual was in fact using their cell phone immediately before hurting a bicyclist on the roadway.

Time is working against you if there is any thought in your mind that a cell phone may have caused distraction in a particular bicycle wreck. Chat with our experienced attorneys at any time to learn just how quickly the process of obtaining and preserving this information can begin.

Obeying the law and personal injury

In Mississippi, when a driver injures another while breaking the law and that law was meant to protect from the type of injury that occurs it can be determined as a matter of law that the lawbreaker was negligent as a matter of law. For instance, in Mississippi, if a driver passes a bicyclist and fails to give the appropriate passing cushion of 3 feet and this action causes an injury to the bicyclist then the driver may be found to be negligent per se or negligent as a matter of law.

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