Car Accident Lawyers Serving Greenville, Greater Mississippi, and Arkansas

Greenville Car Accident Lawyer

Car accidents are one of the most common causes of accidental injury and death in the United States.

The chances of you getting in a car accident at least once in your life are high.

Despite how common car accidents may be, no one can prepare for the fallout and damages that may come after.

If a crash has caused you suffering and serious losses, our experienced Greenville car accident lawyers can help.

The Harris Law Firm will represent you and your interests.

We will assist you in recovering the compensation that you need and deserve.

Navigating Your Claim

Determining Cause and Liability for Your Car Accident

Our lawyers’ top priority will be to determine the cause of your car accident. Liability depends on fault, and it can sometimes be difficult to identify the responsible party or parties.

We will investigate your accident and understand how and why it happened.

We will identify the responsible parties and hold them liable.

Some of the most common causes of car accidents include:

Driver error and negligence. Driver negligence is a very broad term. A variety of actions may fall under negligence. Typically, they are irresponsible or outside of what most consider reasonable. Texting while driving, distracted driving, speeding, or failure to yield are all acts of negligence.

Poor road conditions. Poor road conditions do not cause as many accidents as negligent drivers. But it does happen. Potholes, lack of signage, broken roads, lack of guardrails, poor weather conditions, and debris in the road may all increase the risk of an accident occurring.

Vehicle malfunction. Perhaps the least common is vehicle malfunction, where an accident would not have occurred but for a vehicle defect. This might include issues with steering, ignition switches, tires, brakes, and more.

Fault versus No-Fault States

All states provide statutes for regulating automobile and motor vehicle liability insurance. 

A minority of state insurance laws provide no-fault provisions. In no-fault states, insurance companies pay for damages regardless of which party was at fault in causing the accident.   

Most states follow a fault-based system of liability for vehicle accidents. Fault-based states determine liability according to each party’s degree of fault.This means that drivers are responsible for paying for the accidents they cause.

Mississippi and Arkansas are both fault-based states. 

Fault in Mississippi 

Mississippi is a fault-based state that maintains a pure comparative negligence compensation system. 

First, comparative negligence systems assign each party a degree of fault. Then, damages are awarded in proportion to each party’s responsibility for the accident. 

Under a pure comparative negligence system, a person may bring a claim for injuries resulting from a car accident and will recover damages even if mostly responsible for that accident. 

Fault can be a partial defense that will reduce the damages awarded under the claim. This is because pure comparative negligence rules allow some damages award regardless of fault, but the amount of the award will be reduced based on the person’s responsibility for the accident. 

This means that you could recover an award for injuries from a car accident even if you were 75% responsible for example. If damages total $100,000, however, the damages will be reduced by that 75%, for a total award of $25,000.

Fault in Arkansas

Arkansas car insurance laws follow a fault-based system of liability for automobile accidents, and incorporate the state’s modified comparative negligence system of compensation. 

Like Mississippi, Arkansas assigns each party a degree of fault and awards damages in proportion to each party’s responsibility for the accident. 

Arkansas’s modified comparative negligence system is more strict, however, and tault may be a complete or partial defense to a claim for damages. The fault defense can work in cases where liability is unclear or in dispute. 

In Arkansas, to recover damages from an accident, you must show that the other party was more at fault than you.

Modified comparative negligence rules prevent a person who was more at fault from receiving damages. That is, if you bring a claim for injuries suffered in an accident but you were 51% responsible for that accident, you will not recover any amount. This is true regardless of the seriousness of the injuries or the costs incurred. 

If the person bringing the claim is less at fault than the other person, the injured party can recover a damages award. The amount of the damages award, however, will be reduced by the injured party’s degree of fault. 

For example, an injured party that was 20% at fault can recover only $80,000 of a total $100,000 claim. The injured party’s damages totaling $100,000 are reduced by $20,000, which is 20% of that party’s responsibility for the accident.

Recovering Damages

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You Deserve to Be Fully Compensated for Your Losses

It’s common for accidents to cause only a few hundred dollars in damages. The claims process isn’t always complicated, especially in a car accident in which fault is clear and undisputed.

Simply file a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance. They will usually offer a settlement for your damages without issue.

However, this is not always the case. Things become complicated when damages are significant.

In some cases, damages could exceed hundreds of thousands of dollars. If one party contests fault, or it is unclear, this can also complicate things.

Other times, the insurance company may simply reject your claim. This does not mean that your claim is over, though.

Working with an attorney can be a valuable tool when this happens. They can help you get the full compensation you deserve. Your attorney will:

  • Investigate your accident: They will obtain police reports, interview witnesses, assess damage, take photos, and more;
  • Hire experts who can build your case You may need forensic experts and accident reconstruction experts;
  • Work with professionals who can evaluate your case and determine the value of your damages;
  • File your claim within the proper time frame and in the correct fashion;
  • Negotiate with an insurance adjuster to improve your chances of recovering your full compensation amount; and
  • File a lawsuit and bring your case to court when parties cannot reach a settlement agreement.

Our Greenville Mississippi car accident lawyers work hard so you recover the full value of damages. We will include your economic and non-economic losses. This can include pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost wages, medical expenses, disfigurement, disability, and other damages.

Filing a Claim within the Statute of Limitations

Time Limits for Seeking Damages

If you are in a car accident in Mississippi, we encourage you to start the claims process immediately. Mississippi law requires you to file a written accident report with the police within 10 days if there were injuries or if damages exceed $250.

If you don’t do this, you could face legal consequences.

What’s more, insurance companies also set timelines for filing a claim after an accident.

If you decide to file a lawsuit after your crash, there is a limited time frame for doing this. You must file a car accident lawsuit within three years of the accident. That time period can be shorter if the crash involves a government-owned vehicle.

If you wait longer than three years to bring your injury claim, you can be barred from seeking damages.

How Can An Accident Lawyer Help With Your Claim?

There are many situations that may prove complicated when pursuing a car accident claim. 

For example, what do you do if the other driver–who was at fault for the accident–doesn’t have insurance? What will your options be if you contributed to your accident in part, but the other driver was mostly at fault for the accident?

Or, how do you proceed with filing your claim if you have not yet healed from your injuries? 

You may still have future surgeries scheduled. Therefore, you do not know the full extent of the damages you have suffered.

Working with an attorney can be a valuable tool when this happens. An attorney can help you get the full compensation you deserve.

How Our Accident Lawyers Will Help You With Your Claim.

Our Greenville car accident lawyers have been practicing law for more than 35 years. This means we have a lot of experience handling the unique issues listed above, as well as others. If you are facing questions about your economic future and how to maximize your compensation amount, our team is confident in our ability to effectively represent you.

Your attorney will:

  • Investigate your accident: They will obtain police reports, interview witnesses, assess damage, take photos, and more;
  • Hire experts who can build your case: You may need forensic experts and accident reconstruction experts;
  • Work with professionals who can evaluate your case and determine the value of your damages;
  • File your claim within the proper time frame and in the correct fashion;
  • Negotiate with an insurance adjuster to improve your chances of recovering your full compensation amount; and
  • File a lawsuit and bring your case to court when parties cannot reach a settlement agreement.

Our lawyers’ top priority will be to determine the cause of your car accident. 

Liability depends on fault, and it can sometimes be difficult to identify the responsible party or parties.

We will investigate your accident and understand how and why it happened.

We will identify the responsible parties and hold them liable.

Our Greenville Mississippi car accident lawyers work hard so you recover the full value of damages

We will include your economic and non-economic losses. These losses can include pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost wages, medical expenses, disfigurement, disability, and other damages.

Contact Our Greenville Car Accident Lawyers Today

When you need us, we are here for you. Following a crash, the easiest way to learn more about our process and how we can assist you is to schedule a free consultation with our knowledgeable Greenville car accident lawyers.

You can schedule your consultation by calling us directly toll-free at 662-262-6336, or by sending us a message online that briefly describes your case.