The law office of Kilpatrick & Philley, PLLC is happy to report that we recently received a favorable verdict for our injured client in Hinds County, Mississippi. The case involved an automobile wreck that occurred at the intersection of Frontage Road and East Northside Dr. in Jackson, Mississippi. In receiving the favorable verdict, Kilpatrick & Philley, PLLC overcame all odds such as Plaintiff’s out of court statements made immediately after the automobile collision that he had fallen asleep at the wheel. Not only did Plaintiff make this statement to the ambulance (EMT) personnel, but he also made this statement to his treating emergency room (ER) doctor.
In addition to these statements, Plaintiff also apologized to the Defendant for the collision. Kilpatrick & Philley, PLLC convinced the Hinds County jury that the Plaintiff had suffered a concussion as a result of the crash and could not have comprehended what he was saying, nor did he have the presence of mind to admit liability and that the accident was his fault. Further, the facts revealed that it was virtually impossible for the Plaintiff to have fallen asleep due to the short distance that Plaintiff travelled prior to the collision. Witnesses for the Plaintiff testified that the Defendant failed to exercise her duties as a motorist and failed to yield to the red light. Also, witnesses testified that Defendant was speeding through the intersection. When presented with the evidence Benjamin N. Philley, the jurors rendered a verdict in Kilpatrick & Philley’s client’s favor.
Although we reached a successful result, this case is a perfect example of why you should never make statements after an automobile collision without consulting with an attorney. For a more detailed discussion on frequently asked questions, please see our Car Accident FAQ’s section under our Injury FAQs section of our website. Your statement could be used against you in a Court of law and hinder your ability to recover the damages you rightfully need and deserve.
This case is also a good example of why you should get the witnesses’ contact information after the automobile collision. Although Plaintiff was too impaired to get the witnesses’ names and information after the automobile collision, his family and friends immediately came to the scene to get the information. These witnesses were very helpful in receiving the favorable verdict.
If you have been in an automobile collision, know of someone who has been in an automobile collision or just have questions regarding what to do if you are ever involved in an automobile collision, please contact the personal injury lawyers at Kilpatrick & Philley, PLLC, at (601) 856-7800.