When a distracted driver makes a mistake behind the wheel because their attention is not on the road, a serious accident can be the result. If this is what led to your collision and injuries, a Biloxi distracted driving accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help. We will represent you during your insurance claim or civil lawsuit if we believe your case requires legal action.
Let a team member from the Morris Bart law firm review the details of your accident and injuries. We will discuss your case with you and explain possible options. You can reach out to our Gulfport office today by calling (228) 357-9621.
Distracted Driving Is More Common than Many Realize
Distracted driving happens everywhere, including interstates, Harrison County roads, state highways, and parking lots. According to the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), the driver was distracted for three seconds before the accident almost 80 percent of the time and 65 percent of the time in near-accidents.
Mississippi has distracted driving laws and also outlawed texting while driving in 2014. Despite these initiatives, distracted driving still regularly occurs and leads to accidents. If you were involved in a Biloxi distracted driving accident, you do not necessarily have to prove that the driver who hit you was distracted to hold them accountable in your accident case, although it helps. Under the Mississippi Civil Code, we only need to show the driver’s negligence caused your accident, injuries, and losses. It is possible to show negligence by proving:
- The driver was legally obligated to do something, such as stop at an intersection.
- The driver, possibly because of a distraction, failed to stop.
- Their failure to stop caused them to hit your vehicle.
- You suffered physical and economic damages because of the collision.
We will also need to put a fair value on your damages, so we know how much to demand in settlement negotiations or have the documentation to show the court how much you lost due to the accident.
To learn more about what it takes to prove a Biloxi car accident case, reach out to the Morris Bart law office in Gulfport about your collision.
For a free legal consultation with a Distracted Driving Accident lawyer serving Biloxi, call (228) 357-9621
Pursuing a Biloxi Car Accident Case Based on Distracted Driving
If we decide to work together on your case, a Biloxi distracted driving accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm will investigate your accident to prove the necessary factors to hold the at-fault motorist accountable. We will gather the available evidence to support the insurance claim or lawsuit. Available evidence may vary somewhat based on the specific details of the accident but could include:
- The police report related to the accident
- Any video of the collision
- Eyewitness statements
- Damage to each car and other physical evidence
- Accident reconstruction performed by experts
- Your relevant medical records
- Expert testimony, including medical experts, economists, and others
- Any available documentation of your related losses
We will use this evidence to:
- Prove what happened
- Show the other driver caused your accident
- Document your prognosis and the severity of your injuries
- Calculate a fair settlement value
- Convince the insurance company or court that your case supports a payout
We handle all Biloxi traffic accident cases based on contingency. We cover the costs of the investigation, insurance claim, and trial if that becomes necessary. We only receive attorney fees from the financial recovery we secure for you. If we do not secure a payout, we do not get paid.
A team member from the Morris Bart law firm’s Gulfport office will talk with you about our services and your case for free today. Call (228) 357-9621 to get started. We can also review your case if your accident occurred in other Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, or Louisiana areas. Our firm operates 15 offices across the Gulf South to serve you.
Recoverable Damages in a Biloxi Distracted Driving Accident Case
In many cases, it is not necessary to file a civil lawsuit to recover compensation. The most common successful outcome in a car accident case is an out-of-court insurance settlement. We must determine your case’s value before we file an insurance claim on your behalf. We need to present the documentation of your damages to the insurer to back up our demand for a settlement that justly compensates you.
You might recover compensation for almost any type of loss or damage you suffered as a result of a traffic accident. We include many tangible and intangible expenses in our calculation of a fair value of a case. Some common recoverable damages include:
- Emergency evaluation, transportation, and treatment to stabilize injuries
- Treatment costs and related medical expenses, both now and in the future
- Past lost income, including wages and benefits
- Lowered earning ability
- Repairs to your vehicle and other property damages
- Pain and suffering
- Other intangible losses
- Wrongful death for families who qualify
Mississippi law gives accident victims up to three years to prepare and file a civil lawsuit based on a car accident under Mississippi Code Annotated §15-1-49. Missing this deadline will likely result in losing the right to take the case to court, so you must meet this time limit if you cannot reach a fair settlement agreement with the insurer.
Talk to a Distracted Driving Accident Team Member Today for Free
A Biloxi distracted driving accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can represent you in your insurance claim or court case if we believe our help can recover a payout for you. We know the evidence necessary to support this type of accident claim, proving negligence and liability, and holding the at-fault driver accountable.
To learn if the Morris Bart law firm’s Gulfport office can seek compensation for you in your Biloxi distracted driving accident case, call (228) 357-9621 for a complimentary consultation with a team member.
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