A Bay St. Louis car accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm might be able to help you if you were hurt in a collision caused by another driver. Our team is available now to review your car crash case and assess the steps available to you. It may be possible to recover a settlement that fairly compensates you for the injuries and financial losses you sustained.
The Morris Bart law office in Gulfport serves accident victims in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, and will speak with you today about your collision. You can call us now at (228) 357-9621 to learn more about your legal options for holding the at-fault driver accountable through an insurance claim or lawsuit.
Mississippi Civil Code Provides for Car Accident Recovery
When someone suffers injuries in a car accident in Bay Saint Louis, the Mississippi Civil Code allows them to hold the at-fault driver or another liable party responsible and seek compensation. There are several steps they must take to develop a claim, prove their case, and demonstrate the value of their damages.
First, all car accident claims in Mississippi are fault-based. The victim who did not cause the collision must show that the at-fault driver acted negligently behind the wheel. Proving this requires showing there was a traffic law or other rule in place, the at-fault driver violated this rule, this action led to a collision, and the victim suffered injuries and financial damages due to the accident.
The victim will need to gather evidence to support these factors, generally showing:
- What happened
- Who was involved
- What damages occurred as a result
As a part of this, they will need to present their medical bills, proof of lost wages, receipts for out-of-pocket expenses, and proof of property damages. They will need to calculate a fair value for their case, including some difficult-to-price damages such as future medical care, reduced ability to earn a living, and pain and suffering.
For a free legal consultation with a Car Accident lawyer serving Bay St. Louis, call 800-537-8185
Securing a Payout Following a Bay St. Louis Car Crash
Our team can often reach an out-of-court settlement agreement with the at-fault driver’s car insurance company without needing to take our clients’ cases to trial. This agreement saves time and money for our clients in many cases. Unless there is a reason why we believe a case needs to go before a judge or jury, we will usually try to negotiate a settlement with the insurer first.
When we initially present evidence to support our client’s claim to an insurance company representing the at-fault driver, they are unlikely to want to pay out as much as we demand. We need a strong argument that shows why the client should receive fair and just compensation and why we set the value of the case where we did. We seek a financial recovery that compensates our client for their:
- Treatment for injuries and all related expenses
- Lost income, including wages, benefits, and more
- Physical suffering, mental pain and anguish, and other intangible losses
We will not agree to a settlement that we do not believe is fair and just. We may take the case to court if the insurance company refuses to negotiate based on the evidence we present.
Time Limits Apply to Bay St. Louis Car Accident Lawsuits
There are deadlines we must meet when pursuing a case for a client in Bay St. Louis, such as those set by the insurance companies for filing a claim. There are also deadlines for lawsuits under the state’s statute of limitations. Miss. Code Ann. §15-1-49 limits how long we can wait to file a lawsuit.
In general, most car accident victims can only wait up to three years to take legal action before they risk losing the right to do so in the future. Before deciding if our clients require us to file a suit in civil court, we need to take several other steps, including investigating their accident and negotiating an insurance settlement. We need to get started working with our clients well in advance of this deadline.
Why Hire a Lawyer for a Bay St. Louis Car Accident?
A Bay St. Louis car accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm works with accident victims who suffered injuries in a crash caused by a negligent driver. Our firm is a contingency-fee firm.
Under Miss. Code Ann. §11-7-13, some of our clients qualify for wrongful death damages. We represent families whose loved ones died from their Bay Saint Louis car accident injuries, as well as surviving victims of these collisions.
Talk to a Team Member About Your Bay St. Louis Car Accident Today
A Bay St. Louis car accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help with your case. You may be able to pursue damages in a case against the at-fault driver who is responsible for your collision. You can speak with the Morris Bart law firm team serving Gulfport today by calling (228) 357-9621.
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