Experienced Pascagoula Car Accident Attorneys Ready To Serve You
Whether you are visiting the Round Island Lighthouse, the Scranton Museum, the Scranton Nature Center, or spending the day at Pascagoula Beach Park, there is always something to do in Pascagoula, MS. And with Biloxi’s many casinos less than a half-hour away, visitors and residents alike really do enjoy the best of all worlds when it comes to fun and relaxation.
But like the rest of the country, auto accidents happen every day. So if you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash, one of the experienced Pascagoula car accident lawyers at Smith & Holder, PLLC, can help you put your life back together.
The Common Causes of Pascagoula Car Accidents
Nobody gets behind the wheel of a car expecting to get into a serious car accident in Pascagoula. However, statistically, many of us will experience a car accident at some point in our lives. In fact, recently, Mississippi ranked second in the country among those states in which a person was most likely to be involved in a fatal car accident.
As experienced car accident attorneys, we have handled countless accident claims in Jackson County. From what we have seen, the three Ds of dangerous driving contribute to the majority of car accidents:
- Drowsy driving – Recent research has shown that the effects of fatigue on a driver’s ability to safely control their vehicle is roughly equivalent to the effects of alcohol intoxication. Tired drivers suffer decreased reaction times and impaired decision-making abilities. Not surprisingly, drowsy driving is a leading cause of car accidents resulting in serious injury or death.
- Drunk and drugged driving – Despite decades of driver education, drivers still continue to get behind the wheel after having too much to drink or ingesting dangerous, mind-altering drugs. In fact, intoxicated driving accidents account for nearly 20 percent of all fatal Mississippi car accidents.
- Distracted driving – Over the past several decades, the number of Gulfport distracted driving accidents has drastically increased. In part, this is due to the prevalence of cellular phones, as well as the tendency of drivers to text and talk on the phone while driving. However, other forms of distracted driving include talking to passengers, daydreaming, and anything else that diverts a driver’s attention away from the road.
Of course, many other types of negligent driving behaviors can also cause an accident. Regardless of the kind of accident that you were involved in, give our dedicated Pascagoula car accident attorneys a call.
Why Do I Need a Pascagoula Car Accident Lawyer?
This is a common question. After a car crash accident, most people just want to get on with their lives with the least possible hassle. However, jumping at early offers from insurance companies can lead to disaster down the road. Sure, you’ll get your money faster. But a year or two down the road you may find yourself still in need of medical care – but all the money from your early settlement is long gone.
That is because it is tricky to deal with insurance companies. The claims adjuster that you speak with has one goal in mind: get the case resolved as quickly as possible by paying the lowest amount possible. Make no mistake, they are looking out for their company’s bottom line, not your best interests. Paying out big claims are frowned upon by their employer, so if they want to keep their job, they will make you the lowest offer possible and hope that you don’t show up with an attorney.
Why? Because attorneys have seen it all before. They are intimately familiar with the tricks and tactics used by insurance companies to convince accident victims to settle quickly and for as little money as possible. But we know how to call their bluff. We know what the evidence means, and we can accurately assess both your current and future losses so that you get the maximum recovery for your accident-related expenses.
What Types of Losses Can I Recover?
In auto accident cases, there are both economic losses and non-economic losses that must be assessed. Economic losses are just what they sound like – tangible losses that can be assessed easily by adding up bills and receipts. Some examples of economic losses are:
- Doctor’s bills
- Hospital bills
- Nursing services
- Physical and/or Occupational Therapy
- Lost wages
- Property damage
The next category of damages that can be recovered when you are in a car accident is called non-economic or intangible losses. These are a bit more tricky to calculate because they are losses that cannot be quantified by simply looking at a bill or receipt. Some examples would be:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of earning capacity and wages into the future
- Permanent physical impairment
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of enjoyment of life
As you can see, these are not as easily quantifiable as medical bills. Often, these types of damages involve “seeing into the future.” For settlement purposes, only an experienced attorney can help you to accurately assess what non-economic losses you may encounter going into the future. They can help you come up with a number that will compensate you adequately so that you can take care of yourself and your family should you be unable to return to work etc. And if the insurance company refuses to make an offer that is sufficient to cover these losses, an experienced injury attorney can take the case to trial where a jury can make the assessment and impose the proper dollar amount.
Let Us Help
The lawyers at Smith & Holder, PLLC, have decades of experience helping people who have been involved in car accidents. We will take the burden of paperwork, collecting and examining evidence, speaking to witnesses, making proper assessments of both tangible and intangible losses, and negotiating with insurance companies off of you. The experienced Pascagoula car accident attorney at Smith & Holder, PLLC, won’t stop until your case has been properly assessed, and you have gotten every dollar that your case is worth. Our lawyers will make sure that you get adequate recovery for your injuries, and that you are given every opportunity to secure a healthy financial future for your family. Give us a call, or contact us online today. We’ll schedule a time for you to meet with one of our lawyers to discuss your next steps.
As experienced legal attorneys, we also have expertise in representing clients with other types of legal matters such as criminal defense. We are located in Gulfport, Mississippi, and are dedicated to serving Gulfport, Biloxi, and all of Jackson and Harrison Counties.