Car Accident Lawyers Serving Greenville, Greater Mississippi, and Arkansas
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.
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 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.
The cause of the accident determines liability. Mississippi is a fault-based state. This means that drivers are responsible for paying for the accidents they cause. Usually, liability insurance covers damages. But drivers aren’t always to blame. Depending upon the cause, our lawyers can help you to bring a claim against another driver, a municipality or party responsible for road maintenance, the manufacturer of a motor vehicle, or any other responsible party.
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, suffering, emotional distress, lost wages, medical expenses, disfigurement, disability and other damages.
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.
Helping You Navigate Complicated Car Accident Claims
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? Or, 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 damages you have suffered?
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.
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 877-714-4171, or by sending us a message online that briefly describes your case.