If you were the victim of a Biloxi drunk driving car accident, you have a legal right to hold the at-fault motorist accountable for the injuries and damages you suffered in the accident. A Biloxi driving under the influence (DUI) lawyer from Morris Bart, LTD may be able to identify the liable party, build a case, and navigate the claims process on your behalf while you focus on healing from your injuries.
Call the Morris Bart law firm today at (228) 357-9621 to speak with a member of our DUI injury accident team about your Biloxi accident. We can evaluate the merit of your case, determine if you have a right to pursue compensation, and explain more about how we can help. Our initial consultations are always free for Biloxi accident victims.
A DUI Is a Criminal Offense, But it May Also Support a Civil Case in Mississippi
Under Miss. Code § 63-11-30 (2018), a DUI is a criminal offense with serious penalties. When an intoxicated driver is caught behind the wheel, they can expect to face charges and–if convicted–consequences. If the police arrest them after they cause a serious injury or fatality accident, they can expect to face enhanced charges.
If being drunk causes a driver to commit negligence and cause an accident that results in “the death of another or mutilates, disfigures, permanently disables or destroys the tongue, eye, lip, nose or any other limb, organ or member of another” they could face felony charges.
The goal of these charges is to hold the at-fault driver accountable in criminal court, but we seek a decision in civil court to recover compensation for your damages.
We do Not Need a Criminal Conviction to Hold the Driver Liable
While having a criminal conviction to support our civil case against the driver may make it easier to prove they acted in a reckless and careless manner, it is not necessary to get the payout you need to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses. We may be able to recover compensation in a Biloxi DUI accident case no matter if:
- The driver never faces charges
- The driver has the charges against them dropped
- The driver enters into a rehabilitative program
- The driver pleads guilty or is convicted
The primary question in a civil case is not whether the driver was drunk, but whether they acted negligently. Negligence in a Biloxi traffic accident case is proven based on four factors:
- The driver had certain responsibilities
- The driver failed to uphold their responsibilities
- Their failure caused a traffic accident
- You sustained injuries and damages in the accident
For example, imagine the drunk driver who hit you ran a stop sign. Traffic laws say they must obey the sign, but they failed to do so. Their failure caused them to hit your vehicle, and your injuries sent you to the hospital. We may be able to prove they ran the stop sign, even if we cannot show they were drunk. This is enough to secure financial recovery in this case.
To learn more or get started today, call the Morris Bart law firm at (228) 357-9621.
For a free legal consultation with a DUI lawyer serving Biloxi, call 800-537-8185
Seeking Damages in a Biloxi DUI Accident Settlement or Trial
A Biloxi DUI lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to recover compensation on your behalf by building a compelling argument to support your case and then filing an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver. Your lawyer will gather bills, receipts, and other proof of your damages, supporting a fair payout.
Recoverable damages in a Biloxi DUI injury accident case may include current and future losses such as:
- Medical treatment, care costs, and other related expenses
- Missed wages, lost benefits, and diminished earning capacity
- Vehicle repair costs and other property damages
- Pain and suffering damages
- Other noneconomic damages
- Punitive damages, in rare cases
At the Morris Bart law firm our personal injury team serving Biloxi, Mississippi, also takes on wrongful death cases. If a member of your immediate family passed away as a result of a drunk driver’s actions, or if you are a personal representative of a family who lost someone, we may be able to help. We can assist qualifying family members in recovering wrongful death damages based on their related expenses and losses.
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There Are Strict Time Limits on Filing a Biloxi Car Accident Suit
Miss. Code Ann. § 15-1-49 sets the state’s statute of limitations on car accident cases. In general, victims who sustain a personal injury in Mississippi only have three years following the accident to take legal action and hold the liable party responsible. Some people have even less time based on the facts of their cases.
To learn more about the deadlines in your Biloxi DUI car accident case, reach out to the Morris Bart law firm as soon as possible after your injury accident. You can reach a member of our team today by calling (228) 357-9621. You can speak to someone about your accident and learn more about your options for pursuing compensation in your Biloxi car accident case.
Talk to a Biloxi DUI Lawyer for Free
The Morris Bart law firm is here to help if you suffered injuries in a Biloxi, Mississippi, DUI accident. We may be able to hold the drunk driver liable on your behalf.
In addition to Mississippi, we also assist accident victims in Louisiana, Alabama, and Arkansas to seek and possibly secure payouts in this type of case. Our DUI traffic accident case reviews are always free for victims, and we handle these cases on a contingency fee basis. Our clients pay no up front, out-of-pocket costs for our legal representation.
Call the Morris Bart law firm today at (228) 357-9621 for a free review of your Biloxi DUI accident case.
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