Despite the stream of automobile innovations meant to keep us safe, car accidents remain one of the leading causes of death across the globe. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Administration, more than 43,000 people die in the United States every year as the result of an automobile accident, while another 2.9 million will be injured—from relatively minor injuries to severe, life-changing injuries. Perhaps even more alarming, experts estimate that by the year 2020, car accident casualties will exceed the HIV/AIDS mortality and disability rates.
Unfortunately, as if dealing with the physical injuries of a car accident is not enough, victims are likely to suffer serious financial burdens as well. Medical expenses, car damage costs, as well as the cost of being unable to return to work, can cause those injured in a car accident to feel as though they have few options to get their life back on track. Those touched by a car accident are fully aware of the pain—physical, mental and financial—resulting from an accident caused by the negligence of another, yet are unsure of what steps need to be taken.
The Jackson injury attorneys at Coxwell & Associates have a solid understanding of what victims go through following a car accident. Our attorneys conduct a thorough investigation in each case to ensure those injured are fully and fairly compensated for their losses. To gain a greater understanding of how often serious car accidents occur in the state of Mississippi, take a look at this report.
Most adults take necessary precautions to defend their home and family against the unexpected. Medical insurance, home owner’s insurance, life insurance and vehicle insurance allow us to have a feeling of security, feeling protected should a disaster strike. Further, if you watch any television at all, you may have been led to believe auto insurance companies have only your best interests at heart. After all, we are assured time and time again that a simple phone call will result in our insurance company taking care of us.
The unpleasant reality may be that dealing with your insurance company following a car accident may not be the pleasant experience you are led to believe. You may be offered a ridiculously low settlement as you watch your medical expenses mount alarmingly. Particularly when you are left unable to work as a result of the accident, and/or when you have suffered catastrophic injuries requiring months or years of medical procedures and rehabilitation, dealing with a recalcitrant insurance company can leave you in despair.
While every car accident is unique, there are certain factors which are more common among vehicle accidents such as:
- Distracted driving;
- Exceeding the speed limit;
- Impaired driving;
- Reckless driving;
- Inclement weather;
- Teen drivers;
- Road rage incidents, and
- Fatigued driving.
Some estimate that as many as one-third of all car accidents deaths involve alcohol. In the state of Mississippi, alcohol may not be sold to a person who is already under the influence, therefore if a drunk driver causes serious injury to another person, that person may have a claim against a bar, restaurant or other business which sold the impaired driver alcohol.
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