Fatal Car Accidents in Mississippi

Your Mississippi Car Accident Attorney for Fatal Car Accidents

When a car accident occurs, you can only hope that the damage and injuries will be minor. However, in many cases, a car accident can be fatal, impacting the lives of not just the victims, but those they love.

Fatal car accidents are not something we plan for, but when they occur, there are so many pieces you must place back together. How will your family move forward? Who is responsible? What can be done?

The Mississippi car accident lawyers of Giddens Law Firm are here for the victims and family members of those involved in tragic car accidents.

What Is a Fatal Car Accident?

A fatal car accident in Mississippi A fatal car accident is any motor vehicle collision that results in the death of one or more individuals. Fatal accidents are considered preventable death, regardless of when the death occurs.

For example, one driver may die instantly from impact during the car accident whereas the other driver may die in the hospital days later from the severity of the injuries sustained.

Because these collisions are considered preventable, fault and liability must be established in order to determine the type of negligence that occurred.

What Injuries Cause Death in Car Accidents?

In 2019, there were a reported 581 fatal car accidents in Mississippi, resulting in 643 deaths.  Not all car accidents are labeled as fatal immediately. Often, death follows as a result of the injuries sustained in the car collision.

Common injuries that cause death in car accidents include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI): Caused by a bump, blow, jolt, or penetrating injury to the head. A TBI can impact how the brain works following the injury.
  • Internal bleeding: Often difficult to diagnose, internal bleeding can lead to organ failure, comas, or death.
  • Broken ribs/bones: Broken bones and ribs are often a result of impact injuries following a car accident. Broken ribs become fatal when they puncture blood vessels or the lungs.
  • Spinal cord injuries: Spinal cord injuries result from damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal, according to the Mayo Clinic. While a spinal cord injury itself may not lead to death, complications from it such as pneumonia, pulmonary embolism, or septicemia can lead to fatality.

Further, these injuries will likely be broken into one of two categories.

  • Impact injuries: Part of the victim’s body strikes a stationary or moving object.
  • Penetrating injuries: An object creates lacerations or open wounds by penetrating into the skin.

What Types of Mississippi Car Accidents Can Be Fatal?

Any type of car accidents in Mississippi can become fatal. However, some car crashes are more likely than others to result in death. These collisions include:

  • Head-On Collisions: Also known as frontal crash, occurs when cars are driving in opposite directions and collide front-to-front.
  • Rollover Accidents: Rollovers occur when a vehicle tips or flips onto its roof or side.
  • T-Bone: Occurs when the front of one vehicle collides with the side of another, making a “T” at impact.

Who Can File a Lawsuit Following a Fatal Car Crash in Mississippi?

family members mourning after a fatal car accident in Mississippi The family of the victim or a personal representative of the deceased person’s estate can file what is known as a wrongful death claim after a fatal car crash in Mississippi.

Under the state law, the following can file a fate car accident lawsuit:

  • The spouse
  • The deceased’s children
  • The parents
  • The siblings

Financial compensation for the fatal car accident can include medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and pain and suffering. Compensation is divided in the following manner:

  • The deceased had no children, their spouse would get 100 percent of the compensation
  • If the deceased had a spouse and children, the compensation would be divided equally
  • If the deceased had children but no spouse, the compensation would be divided equally among the children
  • If the adult had no spouse or children, the parents and siblings would receive the compensation

It can be difficult to handle these types of claims on your own. That’s why you should contact a fatal car accident lawyer at Giddens Law Firm for a free consultation.

Can Giddens Law Firm Help With a Fatal Car Crash Claim?

If you have lost a loved one as a result of a fatal car crash, we are here for you. Our Mississippi car accident lawyers can help you collect the necessary information needed to bring forth justice on behalf of your loved one, and help your family move forward from this tragedy.

The Mississippi car accident lawyers at Giddens Law Firm will hold those accountable for the car accident and can help you collect damages for:

  • Medical And Funeral Expenses
  • Property Damage
  • Lost Wages
  • Services Provided By Deceased
  • Pain And Suffering
  • Emotional Damages/Loss of Consortium

Losing a loved one in a car accident is something you can never plan for, but if it happens to you, you don’t have to go through it alone. If you lost a loved one because of the negligence or a careless act of another, you have the right to file a claim on their behalf. Contact our Mississippi fatal car accident lawyers today for a free consultation.

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