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Rear-End Car Accidents
Rear-End Car Accidents in Mississippi

Rear-end collisions are among the most common and most frequently reported types of car accidents in Mississippi. While these accidents are often dismissed as mere fender-benders, the fact is that the consequences of these accidents can be serious. The injuries resulting from a rear-end car accident can disrupt your ability to work for an extended period, cause you prolonged pain and suffering, and affect your quality of life to a significant extent.

At Boyce Holleman & Associates, we have been successfully protecting the right to compensation for individuals injured in rear-end accidents. Our Gulfport, MS rear-end car accident lawyers have strong legal knowledge, negotiation skills and courtroom experience and represent our clients with integrity and compassion.

Dangerous Highways and Intersections in Mississippi 

Mississippi has a number of busy intersections and roads where the risk of rear-end accidents is high due to a wide array of factors including high traffic density, congestion and stop-and-go traffic, lane merges and exits that create points where traffic patterns change, and more.

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Common Causes of Rear-End Car Accidents in Mississippi

Rear-end car accidents can occur due to various factors – ranging from human errors to road conditions, adverse weather conditions, and mechanical issues. The most common causes of rear-end car accidents in Mississippi include:

Who is Liable for a Rear-End Car Accident in Mississippi? 

In Mississippi, the general rule is that the driver who rear-ends another vehicle is presumed to be at fault. This is based on the fact that Section 63-3-619 of the Mississippi Code requires drivers of motor vehicles to not follow other vehicles too closely and maintain a reasonably safe distance – depending on the speed of the vehicle and traffic conditions.

Apart from tailgating, there are other factors that can contribute to a rear-end accident. For example, if the driver in question was drunk, under the influence of drugs, distracted, or fatigued at the time of the accident, it can be considered a contributing factor to the accident and can be used to establish the fault and liability of the driver.

It’s vital to realize that under certain circumstances, the lead driver (the driver who got hit) can also be considered partially at fault for a rear-end accident. For example, if you reversed your vehicle without any warning, made a sudden and unnecessary stop, or if your brake lights were not functioning properly, you can be considered partially at fault for the accident as well.

It should also be noted that even when both drivers in a rear-end accident are partially at fault, the determination of fault will depend on the specific circumstances. For example, if you make a sudden stop and the other driver – who is drunk and is unable to stop in time – crashes into your vehicle, the other driver is likely to be apportioned a greater share of fault, since drunk driving is a criminal offense and is a far more egregious error than making an unnecessary stop.

At Boyce Holleman & Associates, we have highly knowledgeable personal injury attorneys who have extensive experience in determining fault in rear-end collisions. We can examine the police report, driver statements, photographs and videos taken at the accident scene, witness statements, vehicle damage reports, traffic citations, cell phone records, and other evidence to determine fault and clearly establish the at-fault party’s liability.

Risk of Neck and Spine Injuries in MS Rear-End Accidents 

Neck and spine injuries are common in rear-end accidents in Mississippi due to the sudden and forceful impact that occurs when your vehicle is struck from behind. The rapid acceleration and deceleration can result a wide range of injuries ranging from whiplash to herniated discs, cervical fractures, and spinal cord injuries. If you have a pre-existing neck or spine condition, a rear-end accident can exacerbate it considerably.

How Our Gulfport, MS Rear-End Car Accident Lawyers Can Prove the Severity of Your Injuries

Proving the severity of your injuries and their impact on your quality of life is a crucial aspect of your rear-end accident claim. At Boyce Holleman & Associates, our seasoned Gulfport, MS rear-end accident lawyers can employ a number of strategies to demonstrate the extent of your injuries and their consequences. These include:

Medical Documentation 

We can gather comprehensive documentation from surgeons, doctors, therapists, and other healthcare professionals to establish the nature and extent of your injuries. This might include diagnostic imaging, treatment plans, surgeries, rehabilitation, and prognosis.

Expert Testimony

We can get medical professionals specializing in orthopedics, neurology, and spinal injuries and other expert witnesses to testify regarding the severity of your injuries, the expected long-term effects, and the impact on your quality of life.

Witness Statements

We can get statements from your family members, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and other people who can attest to the changes in your post-accident life and provide additional perspectives on the impact your injuries. This can include limitations in mobility, changes in mood, weight loss or weight gain, and the overall decline in your quality of life.

Economic Damages

We can calculate the economic damages (accident-related medical expenses, ongoing healthcare expenses, loss of income, diminished earning capacity, and other damages) in order to highlight the financial burden caused by your injuries. It can add a quantitative dimension to the overall impact of your injuries on your life.

Quality of Life Assessments 

We can get life care planners and vocational experts to provide a comprehensive evaluation of how your injuries have affected your day-to-day life, hobbies, employment, and overall wellbeing.

By combining these evidences, our Gulfport, MS rear end accident lawyers can present a compelling case that persuasively demonstrates the severity of your injuries and how your life has been affected as a result.

Why Legal Representation Matters in Rear-End Accident Claims 

Insurance companies often label rear-end collisions as fender-benders, effectively downplaying the potential for significant injuries and long-term consequences. They tend to offer settlements that might not cover the full extent of medical expenses, ongoing treatment costs, and other costs associated with your injuries.

Moreover, not all injuries might be immediately apparent after a rear-end collision. In some cases, you might notice the symptoms only after several days or weeks after the accident. In such cases, accepting the first offer made by the insurance company can prove to be a costly mistake, as you might end up paying for your ongoing treatment out of your own pocket.

Our Gulfport, MS rear-end accident attorneys at Boyce Holleman & Associates have decades of combined experience in handling these cases and know that seemingly minor collisions can result in injuries that can substantially impact the victim’s life. We are aware of the risk of delayed symptoms in these accidents. We can make sure you get the medical care you need – for as long as you need it.

We can meticulously document the full extent of your injuries (including injuries that might manifest over time) and their impact on your quality of life, assess the true value of the injuries and other losses you suffered, and negotiate aggressively to recover fair compensation from the at-fault party.

Get Legal Representation from Seasoned Gulfport, MS Rear-End Car Accident Attorneys 

If you have been injured in a rear-end crash, the proven and capable Gulfport, MS car accident lawyers at Boyce Holleman & Associates are ready to fight for you. We have extensive experience in handling rear-end collision cases and have a success rate that few other law firms can boast of. Our attorneys have won several prestigious awards over the years – including the AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

Call us today at 228-863-3142 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with an award-winning Gulfport, MS rear-end car accident attorney.

 

Rear-End Car Accidents | Boyce Holleman & Associates

Facing the aftermath of a rear-end car accident in Mississippi? Trust Boyce Holleman & Associates, Gulfport's premier rear-end car accident attorneys, to fight for your rights. Learn about legal constraints, liability, and strategies for securing fair compensation. Call 228-863-3142 for a free consultation.

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