Jackson Rear-End Accident Attorneys
Rear-End Collisions in Mississippi
Rear-end collisions are among the most common—and serious—types of car accidents. Even at relatively low speeds, rear-end accidents can leave victims with significant injuries, including whiplash, slipped discs, head injuries, broken bones, and more.
If you or someone you love was involved in a rear-end accident in Jackson or the nearby areas, turn to the team at . For more than 40 years, our firm has been fighting for the rights of injured victims and the families of those wrongfully killed due to the negligence of others. We represent clients who have been injured in all types of rear-end collisions, including those in both front and rear vehicles, as well as those involved in multi-vehicle crashes. Led by our founding attorney, Missy Wigginton (“Mama Justice”), we have what it takes to fight for you and your recovery.
Is the Rear Driver Always at Fault in a Rear-End Collision?
In most cases, the driver of the rear vehicle is liable for a rear-end accident. This is because motorists have a responsibility to keep a safe distance between themselves and the vehicles in front of them. When they follow too closely (or “tailgate”), they may not be able to stop in time to avoid a collision.
In fact, most rear-end accidents occur because the rear driver was:
- Not paying attention
- Texting, using a cell phone, or otherwise distracted
- Following too closely (tailgating)
- Driving aggressively or recklessly
These are all examples of negligence and, when drivers cause accidents because of such conduct, they can be held liable for victims’ resulting injuries and damages.
However, there are some circumstances in which the front driver in a rear-end collision may be partially or wholly to blame. This could be the case if the front driver involved in the accident acted negligently or wrongfully in some way. For example, if the front driver made an unsafe or illegal turn, was driving while drunk, or had a taillight out on their vehicle, they could be found to share some degree of fault for the crash. If this happens, both parties involved in the accident can seek compensation for their damages, but their total recoveries will be reduced by their respective at-fault percentages.
Damages in Rear-End Accident Claims
Because rear-end collisions often lead to serious injuries—and even deaths when they occur at high speeds or involve certain types of vehicles, such as motorcycles or large commercial trucks—victims may be entitled to significant damages following a rear-end accident.
Common damages in rear-end collision claims include:
- Emergency medical attention
- Ambulance and hospital fees
- Surgeries and other treatments
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Ongoing and future medical care
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress, trauma, and anguish
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Lost income/wages
- Lost future earnings due to disability
- Diminished earning capacity
- Disfigurement and disability
At , our rear-end accident lawyers in Jackson can review the specifics of your situation to determine the potential value of your claim. While the insurance company may not have your best interests at heart, we do. Our team is here to guide you through the legal process and fight for the maximum compensation you are owed. We believe in holding negligent parties accountable and helping our clients recover the monetary compensation they need to heal and move forward with their lives.
How Long Do You Have to File a Rear-End Collision Claim?
When it comes to pursuing a personal injury lawsuit against the liable driver (or another at-fault party), the state of Mississippi has a three-year deadline. Known as the “statute of limitations,” this deadline prohibits you from filing a lawsuit after a rear-end collision if more than three years have passed since the date of the accident.
However, the three-year statute of limitations only applies to lawsuits; it does not necessarily apply to insurance claims. While there is no statewide law regarding how long you have to file an insurance claim after a car accident, most insurance policies require you to file a claim in a “reasonably timely manner.” Depending on your policy, this could be a matter of days or weeks. It is always best to act quickly, as the sooner you file a claim, the sooner you can potentially receive a settlement. And, if the insurance company undervalues or denies your claim, you may need to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. This is where the three-year deadline will come into play, so the sooner you initiate your claim, the better.
Don’t wait until it’s too late! If you were injured in a rear-end collision, call Mama Justice for help with your claim. We have successfully represented victims of both straightforward and complex rear-end accidents, including collisions involving drunk drivers, multiple vehicles, commercial trucks, and more.
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If you were injured or if your loved one was killed in a serious motor vehicle accident, call Mama Justice. Our rear-end accident attorneys in Jackson can help you get back on your feet and work to rebuild your life. From our office in Jackson, we represent individuals and families throughout Hinds County and the surrounding areas. We provide free initial consultations and offer our legal services on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not pay any upfront or out-of-pocket costs when you work with our firm; instead, our attorneys are only paid if they recover compensation for you.