When operating a vehicle, drivers make dozens of different movements, such as turning corners, stopping at stop lights, and backing into or out of parking spots. All these actions require that the driver let others on the road know their intentions through signals and lights. For everyone’ safety on the road, a car’s lights and signals must be working properly, whether it is to signal a turn or alert traffic that the driver is backing up.
If you experienced an injury accident involving faulty tail lights in Biloxi, MS, consider calling the Morris Bart law firm. If we feel your case qualifies, a Biloxi accident caused by defective backup signals lawyer may be able to defend your right to seek damages. You may be able to collect damages for lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Call us for a free consultation today.
Damages for a Car Accident Caused by Defective Back-Up Signals
After any kind of car accident, you are likely to suffer physical, personal, and financial losses. These are called damages. If your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, we can pursue compensation.
Some of the losses we may include in our demands for damages include:
- Medical bills, including ambulance transportation, surgery, rehabilitation, and ongoing care
- Lost wages while your recover from your injuries
- Lost earning potential, if you are forced to stop working or take a lower paying job
- Your physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Inconveniences caused by your injuries and other losses
However you have suffered because of your accident, we want to know. We will do our best to fight for compensation that can mitigate these negative consequences.
For a free legal consultation with a Defective Back-Up Signals Accident lawyer serving Biloxi, call (228) 357-9621
Injuries from an Accident Involving Broken Back-Up Signals
Back-up lights are especially important at night. A driver whose tail lights are malfunctioning may cause an accident if you cannot see the car when it backs into your path due to the dark conditions.
Injuries are possible in this type of accident, as you may not have known to apply the brakes if you did not see the other car backing up into the street. Depending on your speed, this could result in several injuries, including a concussion, whiplash, and broken bones, among others.
Look toward the team at the Morris Bart law firm to help you in this type of case. A Biloxi defective back-up signals accident lawyer from our office can be ready to fight for your right to receive compensation for your injuries. To learn if you qualify, contact us today for a free case review.
Determining Eligibility for a Personal Injury Claim
When you have suffered an injury in a car accident that is someone else’s fault, you will need to prove that the other driver made an error and behaved negligently, resulting in the crash.
Negligence in a case like this means that the other driver made a preventable error. Had the other driver taken a different course of action, your injuries would not have happened.
In a case where the other driver’s back-up lights did not work, this may be a sign of negligence. The driver could have repaired the lights, which would have likely prevented the accident.
Proving the Extent of Your Injuries
Once you and your attorney have shown that the other driver was at fault and behaved negligently by not repairing the broken taillights (or causing the defective signals in some other way), you then need to show that you suffered injuries in the crash.
Always see a doctor soon after an accident like this to have an examination. You need a doctor to document your injuries and create a recovery plan before you can seek damages.
Mississippi Taillight Statutes
According to Mississippi Code Annotated §63-7-13, every motor vehicle has to have working rear lamps. This includes back-up lights that turn on and alert others in the area when the vehicle is going in reverse. If these lights are not working properly, the driver could receive a citation from the police at any time, including after an accident occurs.
If the responding officers believe that a driver’s back-up signals were not functioning properly and played a role in the collision, they may test the vehicle’s signals to see if they are working. If the lights were damaged during the accident, the officers might interview witnesses to the collision to see if they noticed whether the back-up lights were working or not.
The Importance of Back-Up Signals
It is important that other drivers can anticipate a vehicle’s movements. Without the vehicle providing warnings when the driver is about to stop, turn, or back up, other drivers would not know when to slow down, provide extra room, or avoid approaching, which could result in an accident.
When a vehicle is backing up, such as out of a parking spot, the back-up lights let other people in the area know that the driver is planning to move in reverse. Other drivers and pedestrians are then able to leave room for the driver to complete the maneuver.
If a vehicle’s back-up lights are not working, an approaching driver may not realize when the car begins to back up, which can lead to a rear-end collision or similar accident. If the back-up lights had been working, the approaching driver would have been alerted to the other driver’s intentions and been able to slow down and provide space.
Seeking a Fair Settlement for Your Defective Back-Up Signals Accident
When another driver causes your accident, it can leave you with injuries and losses that could have been avoided. You should not have to pay for your medical costs on your own. A Biloxi defective back-up signals accident lawyer can help you seek a settlement that reflects your injuries and expenses going forward.
Look to the team at the Morris Bart law firm for guidance and to help you receive the fairest possible settlement. If your case qualifies, we can take over negotiations with the insurer on your behalf, leaving you more time to heal. For a free case review, contact us today.
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