Southaven Personal Injury Attorneys Fighting on Behalf of Rear-end Auto Accident Victims
Helping injured clients get justice throughout Southaven, Hernando and Olive Branch
There is a vehicle stopped at a red light. As the light turns green, the driver begins to accelerate when they suddenly feel that the car has been struck from behind. This is an example of a rear-end auto accident. Of the average six million auto accidents that occur each year in the United States, 40% are rear-end crashes. The rest are all of the other different types of car crashes put together.
At Taylor Jones Taylor, the firm’s first priority is to protect their clients’ legal rights after they have been injured due to the negligent actions of another driver. From offices in Southaven, Hernando and Olive Branch, the firm offers a wide-reaching network of resources designed to help protect personal injury victims after a car accident in Mississippi.
What causes rear-end auto-accidents?
Driver error usually tops the list of reasons why rear-end accidents occur. Taylor Jones Taylor handles cases involving all manner of auto collisions, and is regularly called upon to protect victims’ rights after crashes caused by:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Drowsy driving
- Reckless driving
- Construction zones
- Defective roadways
- Bad weather conditions
Shared fault in car accidents in Mississippi
Many people may assume that the driver in the rear car is always at fault in a rear-end collision, but there can be situations in which the driver in the forward car might have contributed to causing the accident. For example, if vehicle A was pushed into vehicle B by vehicle C, as in a multi-car collision, the middle vehicle (A) is not at fault. The driver of vehicle C would most likely be held accountable for the collision. Other cases where fault is shared, or falls upon the shoulder of another person or entity, include:
- Motor vehicles with defective brake lights
- Sudden acceleration caused by defective auto parts
- Disabled vehicles without flashing hazard lights on
- Sudden reversal by the car ahead of you
- The car ahead suddenly stopping short
In any of these cases, the issue of shared fault, or comparative negligence, might come into play. The principle of comparative negligence says that the plaintiff’s actions were also negligent and they directly contributed to the injury or harm suffered by the defendant. Under Mississippi’s pure comparative negligence rule, whatever compensation the plaintiff would normally be entitled to, will be reduced by an amount equal to their percentage of fault. If a jury decides that the plaintiff was 10 percent at fault in the accident, their damages will be reduced by 10 percent.
Contact a trusted Southaven auto accident lawyer to schedule a consultation today
One of the most important decisions you can make after you have suffered an injury in an auto accident is which personal injury attorney you will hire to represent you. Choose Taylor Jones Taylor if you want to work with a firm that has longevity in the community and a history of satisfied clients. Please call 662.342.1300, or fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment. From their offices in Southaven, Hernando and Olive Branch, the firm serves clients throughout Tupelo, Cleveland, Oxford Clarksdale, Grenada and Batesville. How may we help today?