Accidents that injure several different people can get confusing when fault is divided between a number of different parties.
Local law enforcement in Jackson, Mississippi was in the process of investigating a car accident that injured several people.
Intersection crash damages two cars and all occupants in both vehicles were harmed
The crash involved two vehicles and it happened at the intersections of Bailey Ave and Fortification Street at about 11:30 pm. The two vehicles involved were a pickup truck and a standard sized sedan. When emergency crews arrived on the scene, they found that one female passenger in the sedan had died upon impact. Two other people in the same car had to be transported to a hospital for injuries. The pickup truck that was involved had four people inside, and all were treated for minor injuries.
Police and fire department workers were not sure exactly what caused the car crash, but based on testimony and evidence in the area, they believe that the sedan driver may have been speeding. There was no information given about whether the driver would be cited or not. In total, one person died and six others were injured by the collision. A full investigation was still pending.
Negligence and determining fault
When a collision involves multiple vehicles and injured parties, it is best to get help from a lawyer who is experienced in dealing with the state’s negligence laws and civil lawsuits. All states in the U.S. have similar negligence rules, but there are some important differences in Mississippi that can possibly affect the outcome of a lawsuit. All negligence cases begin by showing that the defendant breached their duty of care on the roads and caused harm to the victim.
In Mississippi, there is a doctrine called pure comparative negligence that determines that outcome of civil injury cases. This is actually favorable for plaintiffs because fault can be divided between everyone involved to equal one hundred percent. A victim can also be partially or mostly at fault for the accident and still bring the case, as there is no level of fault that will prevent a lawsuit.
Cases involving a number of different injured people can get complex when they all file insurance claims and retain their own attorneys. It is important to get the best representation to ensure that you will receive the largest possible damage award allowed by law, which will help pay for expenses related to medical treatment and missed time from work.
Personal injury lawyers in your area can help
A consultation with a lawyer who focuses on accident cases can be helpful if you are unsure about how to proceed after an injury. To speak with an attorney from a local firm in the Jackson area, contact:
129B South President Street, Jackson, MS 39201