Hattiesburg Car Accident Attorney
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of injury and death in the U.S. If you have been hurt in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, contact The Penton Law Group, PLLC as soon as possible. Our Hattiesburg car accident lawyers are dedicated legal advocates for victims of car wrecks.
Why Choose The Penton Law Group in Hattiesburg?
- We operate on a contingency fee basis. This means we do not charge any fees until we successfully recover compensation for you.
- We have over a decade of experience representing injured people in personal injury matters.
- We prepare every case as if it will go to trial and skillfully negotiate on your behalf to obtain a full and fair settlement.
- We are available for questions or concerns 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Why You Need a Car Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in a car accident that was someone else’s fault, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer right away. It is very possible that the other driver or their insurance company will try to put some, if not all, of the blame for the accident on you. Our Hattiesburg car accident lawyers can:
- Investigate your accident to determine fault and liability
- Collect and preserve evidence in your case
- Negotiate skillfully with insurance companies on your behalf
- Take your case to court if necessary
Car Accident Statistics in Mississippi
The Insurance Information Institute (III) reports that:
- 34,247 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in the U.S. in 2017.
- 37,133 people died in traffic crashes nationwide.
- The fatality rate was 11.4 deaths per 100,000 people.
- Mississippi had 690 traffic fatalities in 2017.
- The traffic fatality rate in Mississippi was 23.1 per 100,000 population – the highest in the nation.
Common Causes of Car Wrecks
There are many factors which contribute to car accidents, most of which involve driver error. Common causes of car wrecks include:
- Distracted driving: This can be anything that diverts the driver’s attention away from the road or from operating the motor vehicle. Texting is the most alarming form of driver distraction, as it requires visual, manual and cognitive attention.
- Speeding or driving too fast for conditions: The faster a vehicle is traveling, the more distance it needs to stop and the greater the impact of a collision. In poor weather or traffic conditions, it is better to slow down and proceed with caution.
- Aggressive driving: This combination of negligent driving behaviors includes speeding, tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, failure to yield the right-of-way and failure to obey traffic signs and signals.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol: The Insurance Information Institute states that blood alcohol content (BAC) greater than or equal to .08 was reported for 62% of fatally injured drivers of passenger vehicles in 2017.
Comparative Negligence in Car Accident Cases
Mississippi follows a pure comparative negligence rule. This means if you are found to be partially at fault for a car crash, you may still recover damages, but they will be reduced by the percentage of blame assigned to you. For example, if a jury determines that your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other losses total $100,000, and assigns you 10% of the fault for the accident, your damages will be reduced by 10% to $90,000.
Connect with The Penton Law Group, PLLC
After a car accident with serious injuries, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer in Hattiesburg by your side. Call The Penton Law Group, PLLC today to schedule a consultation.