When the police arrive on the scene of an injury accident, the officers might be able to tell what happened and which parties were at fault. Other times, though, figuring out exactly how the accident occurred can be quite challenging. The party at fault for the accident may not be clear based on the accident report.
If this occurred in your case, the insurance company for the driver who hit you may try to claim that you were partially at fault for the accident. This position could reduce the level of compensation to which you are entitled.
You may want to hire a Biloxi accident reconstruction lawyer to help with your case. At the Morris Bart law office, we can perform the legwork necessary to determine how your crash occurred and who could be held liable.
Call us at (228) 357-9621 today for a free review of your case.
How a Reconstruction Expert Can Help
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 94% of accidents are estimated to occur due to driver error. However, when it is not clear upon the first inspection of the accident scene and interviews with witnesses exactly what happened in your crash, you and your attorney may decide to call an accident reconstruction expert. These professionals use physics, mathematics, and engineering principles to determine what happened.
Some of the measurements the expert can calculate include:
- How fast each car was traveling
- What types of hazards were in the area
- The reaction time of each driver
- An analysis of the speed and weight of the vehicles involved
- The point of impact
- Weather conditions at the time of the crash
With this statistical evidence in hand, the reconstruction expert can then develop theories about the crash. For instance, the reconstruction expert’s determination may show that the other driver failed to react to a road hazard in time.
This information can be important in helping an injury victim in a car accident pursue a fair settlement from an insurance company, as the theories can show that the other driver was behaving negligently.
For a free legal consultation with a Reconstruction Accident lawyer serving Biloxi, call (228) 357-9621
Other Pieces of Evidence
Additionally, the reconstruction expert may use other types of data to strengthen his or her theories about what happened in the crash. This information may include:
- Video from cameras near the scene
- Photographs of the scene
- Data collected by the car or other electronic devices
- Skid marks on the road
- Damage to the cars
- Any safety equipment deployed inside the vehicles
Starting a Personal Injury Claim
It can be helpful for the accident reconstruction professional to begin working as soon as possible after the crash, studying the scene for any evidence. Even though Mississippi Code Annotated §15-1-49 provides up to three years to begin the process of starting the claim, we at the Morris Bart law office recommend contacting a lawyer as quickly as possible after your accident.
The sooner we can start our investigation and contact experts who can help, the better chance we will have to determine what happened. We can work to help you seek a settlement that considers your pain and suffering, medical costs, and lost wages.
As a Biloxi accident reconstruction lawyer, we can defend the rights of accident victims to pursue justice. For a free consultation, contact us at (228) 357-9621 as soon as possible.
Types of Compensation You Could Pursue
To have a chance to pursue compensation from the negligent party in the crash, you have to be able to show that you suffered injuries in the crash. It is important for you to seek medical care as soon after the accident as possible.
If you have significant injuries, you may need to travel to the hospital in an ambulance after the crash for emergency medical care. If you do not go to the hospital, it is a good idea to see your personal doctor a day or two after the crash.
If you have documentation of your injuries from a doctor, your lawyer can use this to build your personal injury lawsuit. Additionally, once all your injuries are diagnosed, you and your doctor can make a treatment plan to help you recover. Moreover, the full extent of your injuries can then be documented for your case.
After showing that the other driver caused the accident and caused your injuries, you then can seek compensation for several items, including:
- Medical bills to date
- Estimated medical bills for your future or ongoing care
- Costs for prescription drugs, braces, and therapy equipment
- Emotional trauma
- Pain and suffering
- Wages lost while being unable to work during recovery
- Wages you will lose in the future because of your injuries
There may be other losses you experienced related to the accident that are not listed here. You and your attorney can discuss how it may be possible to seek compensation for other losses, too.
We Work on a Contingency-Fee Basis
After you suffered injuries in an accident that was not your fault, you may be facing significant medical bills. You may not have to pay these costs on your own.
If the insurance company representing the driver who hit you is attempting to claim that your actions played a role in the crash, this could leave you with a reduced settlement offer. A Biloxi accident reconstruction lawyer might be able to help you recreate what happened in the crash, showing what occurred.
We do Not Require Upfront Payment
If you are unable to work because of your injuries, you may be facing large medical bills while you have reduced or no income. To proceed with your claim, you do not have to pay upfront fees. We at the Morris Bart law office work on a contingency-fee-basis; our fee comes from a percentage of the final settlement in the case. If we do not help you secure a settlement after you hire us, we do not collect any attorney fees.
For a free case review, contact us today at (228) 357-9621. If you qualify, we will be ready to begin working on your behalf.
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