The idea that we all take certain risks when we get behind the wheel of a vehicle is certainly nothing new. In fact, those risks are generally so well accepted that few of us even think about them anymore. Given that driving is such a necessary part of our daily lives, though, it would be wise for all of us to begin paying more attention to the amount of responsibility we are accepting when we drive our cars from point A to point B.
We've written before about the dangers of drunk driving or texting and driving, and how participating in either of those hazardous behaviors could land you with some pretty unpleasant consequences. Those aren't the only potential dangers when it comes to getting behind the wheel of a car, however. At Coxwell & Associates, we see countless cases each year that are somehow related to drivers and their vehicles. Some examples include:
- Serious and/or fatal collisions, including head-on, rear end, side-impact, hit and run, side-swipe, and more
- Age-related collisions, such as those caused by teens and elderly drivers
- 18-wheeler accidents, taxi cab accidents, and collisions involving other types of corporate-owned vehicles
- Uninsured and underinsured motorists
- Accidents caused by roadway disrepair, construction zone hazards, mechanical failure or manufacturer defects
- Incidents caused by aggressive driving or road rage
This list could keep going, which is a very good indicator of how inherently dangerous driving really is. In fact, according to the Mississippi Department of Transportation, vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among teens in the United States. Even worse, the Mississippi State Department of Health tells us that our state has one of the highest per-capita car accident fatality rates in the nation!
If you have lost an immediate family member due to someone else's poor driving habits, you need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. The same is true if you have been fortunate enough to survive a serious auto accident, but in this case, you'll need to first address some other, more immediate, concerns. Any necessary medical treatment should be your first priority, especially in very severe auto accidents.
If you are able, you should also be sure to document your accident as thoroughly as possible before leaving the scene. This will often include photos, contact information for any witnesses, and insurance information for the other driver. (He or she will ask for yours, as well.)
It's important to understand that these collisions result in a significant amount of unexpected expenses relating to property damage, physical injuries, and personal trauma. It's in your best interest to act as quickly as possible. Don't make the mistake of thinking that your insurance company will handle all of this for you.
If you've been in an auto accident, contact the skilled and proven team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free initial consultation. We'll help you determine the best course of action and ensure that you are fairly compensated in a timely fashion.
Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.