5 ways to determine if you are due compensation for a car crash

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When you’ve been involved in an auto accident in Mississippi, it’s important to find out if you are entitled to compensation.

Being involved in a car crash can result in financial costs for vehicle repairs and taking time off work to recover. There is also the cost of medical fees from any physical injuries you’ve suffered. It’s not fair you should suffer the consequences if you were not responsible for causing the accident.

There are ways to determine if you are due compensation for a car crash.

1. The car accident was not your fault

If you caused the car crash because of negligent driving, it’s very unlikely you will be able to claim for any compensation. (What happens if the accident was caused by hazardous road conditions?)

Personal injury compensation is for people who were injured as a result of another person’s negligence or dangerous driving. If the car accident was caused by a negligent driver, you could claim compensation.

To increase your chances of a successful compensation case, you need to have sufficient proof you were not responsible for the accident. Keep hold of any important documents or witness statements. After the accident, you should take pictures of the scene of the accident and of any damages. Take contact details from any witnesses who saw the crash. Having plenty of information about your accident can help speed up the compensation process.

If you and the other driver were both responsible for the car accident, then both of you could claim compensation. In Mississippi, a court can apply “pure comparative negligence” rules. This means the compensation you’re entitled will be reduced by the percentage of how much the accident was your fault.

Have a look at these shocking US car accident statistics.

2. Prove you suffered as a result of somebody else

You can file for a personal injury compensation claim if you have suffered as a result of a car accident that was caused by someone else.

You need to be able to prove that you were not the negligent driver and you were injured as a result of the accident. If you can prove these two facts, the court will likely go in your favour.

3. I was a passenger involved in a car crash, can I get compensation?

If you were a car passenger or a pedestrian involved in a car accident, you can be due compensation.

It is a common misconception that you have to be the driver of the car to make a personal injury claim. In fact, you can receive compensation for being involved in a car accident, as a pedestrian, passenger or property owner (as long as you were not at fault for causing the accident).

4. Within 3 years since accident

Under the “statutes of limitations”, there is a time limit on when you can file a civil lawsuit.

In Mississippi, if you have been injured in an accident, you have three years from the date of the accident to make a personal injury claim. If you make a claim, after the 3 year period, it’s likely your compensation claim will be refused.

5. Get legal advice

If you’re not entirely sure you are due compensation for a car crash then you can ask a lawyer.

Getting legal advice can help you determine whether you are entitled to compensation. If you have suffered a car accident as a result of somebody else, you should not have to pay the costs.

Look for a law firm who regularly works on car accident compensation claims because they will be able to assess your case and tell you if you’re entitled to compensation. Finding out what area of law they work in will also improve the success rate of your case.

Find out if you are due compensation for a car crash

Download our free worksheet and fill in all the details about your car accident. Our personal injury attorneys at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC, will be able to determine if you are due compensation.

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Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer

Coxwell & Associates, PLLC, have years of experience working on auto accident cases. Our attorneys will be able to assess your case to determine if you are owed any compensation. Contact us on (877) 231-1600 or complete our online form and our team will get back to you.

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.

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.

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