Motor Vehicle Collisions
Approximately 33,000 traffic deaths occurred in the United States in 2014. This statistic reflects how shockingly common auto accidents are. But, for you, a motor vehicle crash is a life-changing event that can drastically affect your work, family and health.
Johnson & Bennett treats your claim as the important event that it is. Our lawyers pursue compensation that can help you through the difficult aftermath of a traffic crash.
Negotiating with Your Insurance Company
Your insurance company is not your friend. Its primary purpose is to make profits, which means reducing payouts. Furthermore, the agents handle claims day in and day out and are trained to interpret policy language to the company’s advantage.
Do not be tempted to take a settlement offer or give your statement before speaking to a qualified personal injury attorney. Johnson & Bennett deals with auto accident claims daily and we know your rights inside and out. Our legal counsel negotiates for the maximum possible settlement on your policies. If trial is in your best interest we’ll be ready.
Mississippi Negligence Laws
Mississippi follows the pure comparative fault rules, which allows you to recover even if you were 99 percent to blame for an accident. However, proving fault is very important because your damages are reduced by the amount you are found to be at fault. For example, if you were to win a $100,000 verdict and were considered 90 percent at fault, you would receive 10 percent of the total damages, or $10,000. If you were 50 percent at fault, you would receive $50,000.
Tennessee Negligence Laws
Tennessee follows a modified comparative fault theory of recovery. You can only recover damages if you are less than 50 percent at fault for the automobile accident. So, under the above example, you would receive nothing. However, you would receive $51,000 of a $100,000 if you were 49 percent at fault.
Deadlines for Filing Your Auto Accident Claim
Mississippi law establishes a three-year statute of limitations on filing personal injury claims. To pursue your rights in Tennessee, you must file your claim within one year of the crash.
However, we recommend you speak to us at your free consultation even if you believe the statute of limitations has expired. We analyze whether your claim falls under an exception to the deadline or if you have other means of recovering compensation.
Recover for Your Traffic Crash Injuries
Schedule a free consultation with our Tennessee or Mississippi motor vehicle collision lawyers to discuss your legal rights and your recovery options. Johnson & Bennett takes your motor vehicle claim on contingency, which means you do not pay attorneys’ fees until we recover damages for you through a settlement or verdict. If you are unable to come to our office, our lawyers will visit you at your home or the hospital or schedule your appointment after regular business hours. We always return your call within 12 hours.