Accident and Personal Injury Lawyers for Mississippi’s People
According to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, the overall traffic fatality rate for Mississippi drivers has been steadily decreasing since 1990. Despite this, every year, since 1993, there have been over 18,000 crashes that have resulted in injuries. These accidents occur for a variety of reasons. Some accidents are due to honest mistakes. Sadly, some accidents occur because of one driver’s careless or reckless actions. For instance, drinking and driving is one major cause of car accidents every year. Over 7,500 drivers are arrested in Mississippi for driving while under the influence. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, many of these drivers are repeat offenders. In 2009, 700 fatalities occurred because someone chose to drink and drive. Yet, drinking and driving isn’t the only cause of accidents in Mississippi. Cell phone use, driver distraction, fatigue, speeding, failure to follow traffic law, and road rage are other causes of car and truck accidents every year. If you or a loved one has been a victim of someone else’s negligence, an accident lawyer can help you recover money from responsible parties. Victims of car and truck accidents sometimes face long rehabilitation periods, burdensome medical bills, and may even have to take time off from work to recover from their injuries. Stevens & Ward is a personal injury law firm that helps victims of both car accidents and truck accidents recover from these financial losses through litigation or out-of-court settlements. Our firm prides itself on providing an honest assessment of your case and pursuing your case using the most effective means possible—either inside court, or through the settlement process. Honesty pays.
Truck Accidents in Mississippi: Don’t Suffer Alone
State and Federal laws place strict restrictions on commercial vehicles in Mississippi. For instance, large trucks wishing to transport manufactured homes are required to apply for a special permit. For especially large loads, escorts may be required. Mississippi and Federal laws also have very specific requirements about how load weights are to be distributed on commercial vehicles. Truck drivers are further required to observe special Federal regulations (called the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations or FMCSR) regarding hours of service, weights carried, maintenance, and medical restrictions.
Sadly, there have been many reports of drivers falsifying logbooks and companies placing unreasonable pressure on drivers to deliver goods on time. Drivers sometimes take prescription and non-prescription medicine to meet the demands of their jobs, not knowing that this very medicine can interfere with their very ability to drive. If you’ve been a victim of a truck accident in Mississippi, you need an aggressive personal injury lawyer helping you seek damages from companies, insurers, and drivers. Stevens & Ward believe in pursing each case to fullest extent, taking advantage of the appellate process and going to the Supreme Court, if necessary. Large truck companies have the resources to protect their interests and their adjusters or experts are sometimes AT THE SCENE of the wreck. You do not want to let them get ahead of you. Victims of truck accidents need a firm like Stevens & Ward fighting for their rights. The sooner, the better.
Justice and Integrity: Our Mission
The attorneys at Stevens & Ward believe in telling it like it is. Lance Stevens and Rod Ward have been practicing personal injury for over 27 years each. If a settlement is your best option—they’ll tell you—and they’ll get you the best one possible. If it’s not, they’ll take the fight to court to get you what you deserve. Every case is unique, so we take the time to review your case, let you know about your options and rights, and proceed in a way we believe will get you the results you deserve. We offer honest assessments of the value of your case. We strive to help you get the best possible outcome for your case, either through litigation, an out-of-court settlement, or through careful mediation. Stevens & Ward pride themselves on offering clients creativity, compassion and honesty. We want you to have the best outcome and understand that the weeks following an accident are stressful and trying. We work closely with you and your family to help you get the justice you deserve. We do not operate like the big TV firms, whose interests may be best served by running clients in and out of the door or who only allow you to talk to a staff member with little training or experience. Honesty pays.
February 24, 2015
At the end of the day, every driver wants to prevent car wrecks, and car manufacturers (and other companies) are increasingly offering new technology to help achieve that. Dash Cams Dash cams are video cameras that film the front of your car, pointed outward to capture the driver’s perspective. Typically they either sit on the […]Read More
The attorneys at Stevens & Ward believe in telling it like it is. If a settlement is your best option, they’ll tell you--and they'll get you the best one possible. If it's not, they’ll take the fight to court to get you what you deserve.