When a driver collides with another vehicle’s rear end, the rear driver is almost always at fault. As such, you can likely hold the rear driver responsible for the damages and injuries you sustained. A Biloxi rear-end collisions lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help if we believe your case is strong enough for legal action.
Mississippi Law Allows You to Hold the At-Fault Motorist Accountable
When a rear-end accident occurs in Harrison County, it is most likely because the rear vehicle driver acted carelessly or recklessly. Legally, this is known as negligence. Proving negligence requires providing evidence of four things:
- The driver had an obligation, usually because of traffic law, to slow down or stop.
- They failed to do so or did not do so quickly enough.
- This failure caused them to collide with the back of your vehicle.
- You have documented physical and financial damages as a result.
Rear-end accidents can occur as a result of many different types of traffic law violations or failures. Violations could include:
- Ignoring stop signals, such as stop signs or red lights
- Following too closely, including following too closely for road or weather conditions
- Exceeding the posted speed limit or driving too fast for conditions
- Driving drunk or drugged
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy or fatigued driving
If you can show that the driver who hit you caused your accident for one of these reasons or because of another careless action, you can likely hold them accountable. You can file an insurance claim based on their auto liability policy or take them to court as a defendant in a personal injury lawsuit.
For a free legal consultation with a Rear-End Collisions lawyer serving Biloxi, call (228) 357-9621
Morris Bart, LTD Handles Rear-End Collisions Based on Contingency
If we accept your traffic accident case, a Biloxi rear-end collisions lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm will:
- Help you understand the applicable laws.
- Gather evidence and develop a strong case.
- Prove a fair settlement value for your claim.
- Implement a strategy to seek compensation on your behalf.
- Navigate the process for securing a payout for you.
- Provide financial resources to seek and hopefully secure a payout.
As a part of representing accident victims in personal injury cases, the Morris Bart law firm always works on contingency. We do not ask clients to provide a retainer or any other upfront payments.
Instead, we cover the investigation, claims process, court preparation, and trial, if necessary. We receive our attorney’s fees as a portion of the total payout we recover for you. We take these fees from the settlement check, never from your checking account.
To learn more about how this type of case works and get started with your complimentary review, call the Morris Bart law firm’s Gulfport office today. You can reach our Gulfport office by calling (228) 357-9621. We operate 15 offices, providing legal services for accident victims throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas.
Pursuing Damages in a Biloxi Car Insurance Claim
Many rear-end accident cases are fairly straightforward, and they often settle without requiring legal action. The victim files an insurance claim based on the driver’s liability coverage, presents evidence, and then negotiates a settlement with the insurer. If we represent you during this process, we will take these steps for you. You can focus on treatment and healing from your injuries, getting back to work, or other important tasks.
Before we enter negotiations with the insurance company, we will use the evidence we gather to determine how much you lost as a result of the accident, including both current and future damages. This becomes the fair settlement value of your case.
The recoverable damages in a traffic accident case may include the following:
- Initial triage, treatment, and transportation to the hospital
- Medical care, both current and in the future
- Lost income
- Reduced earning potential
- Loss of services
- Property damages, including repairs and replacements
- Pain and suffering
- Other intangible losses
- Wrongful death damages if you lost an immediate family member in the accident
Filing a Personal Injury Civil Suit in Harrison County
When the at-fault driver or their insurer refuses to take responsibility for an accident—or other issues prevent us from negotiating a fair settlement agreement—we need to consider another option. This option generally centers on filing a civil lawsuit in a Harrison County court.
If we need to file a claim in court, we will submit the proper paperwork and name the driver who hit you as the defendant in the case. We will prepare the case to go to trial, although many cases reach an out-of-court agreement even after filing legal action.
Mississippi Code Annotated §15-1-49 gives us three years to file a lawsuit for most accident victims. If you miss this deadline, you may be barred by the courts from filing a lawsuit.
Talk to a Team Member from Morris Bart, LTD About Your Case
A Biloxi rear-end collisions lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm might be able to represent you in your accident case if you have strong evidence against the at-fault driver. You can learn more about your rights during a complimentary collision review and conversation with a team member. Dial our Gulfport office at (228) 357-9621 today to learn if we can help you with your case at no upfront cost to you.
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