If your teen suffered injuries in a Harrison County teen traffic accident, or you were the victim of a teen driving accident, you might be able to recover compensation by holding the at-fault motorist responsible. It may be possible to cover your losses through an insurance claim or a civil lawsuit. A Biloxi teen driving accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law office in Gulfport can help you.
To learn how the Morris Bart law firm can seek damages on your family’s behalf, call today for your free case review. We will speak with you about your accident and determine a course of action for your case.
Parents Can Take Action on Behalf of Teen Drivers Injured in an Accident
From data collected between 2014 to 2015 presented by the American Automobile Association (AAA) Foundation for Traffic Safety, teenagers between the ages of 16 to 17 are involved in more car accidents and have a greater number of injuries and fatalities to themselves and others than any other age group. Whether it is behind the wheel or as a passenger in another car, this age group faces many dangers as they become new drivers.
If your teen driver was in a car accident because of another driver, you can generally take legal action on their behalf to hold the at-fault motorist responsible. This is possible under the Mississippi Civil Code, which allows victims to pursue cases against negligent drivers.
Whether the careless party was a teenager or older, if you suffered injuries because of someone’s careless or reckless actions our auto accident lawyer might be able to file an insurance claim or civil lawsuit. To do so, we will need to prove:
- The driver had a responsibility to do or not do something under the law.
- They failed to obey the law, causing an accident.
- You suffered injuries as a result of the accident.
- You suffered financial losses as a result of your injuries.
All personal injury cases require us to confirm that the responsible party acted negligently, causing an accident and our client’s damages. If another driver’s negligence caused your teen driving accident, we may be able to represent you and file an insurance claim or civil suit on your family’s behalf.
For a free legal consultation with a Teen Driving Accident lawyer serving Biloxi, call 800-537-8185
Your Family Will Not Pay Our Attorneys Any Upfront Costs
When you work with a Biloxi teen driving accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law office in Gulfport, you will not need to pay a retainer for our services. We are a contingency fee law firm.
To learn more about our services, how the contingency fee process works, or to get answers to other questions you may have, call the Morris Bart law firm today. Our Gulfport office services Biloxi and other areas of Harrison County. We have 16 offices in all and serve all areas of Mississippi, as well as Louisiana, Alabama, and Arkansas.
Building a Case for Financial Recovery in Your Teen Traffic Accident Case
At the Morris Bart law firm, our personal injury lawyers gather evidence to support your claim and use that evidence to convince the insurance company that they should agree to a fair payout instead of going to court. If we present a strong enough case, we can show that going to court may lead to paying us what we demand, plus additional costs for the trial itself.
Developing a case requires more than collecting evidence to prove negligence and liability—it also requires documenting the damages you and your family experienced due to the accident, including intangible losses. We use this type of evidence to arrive at a fair settlement value for the case, which we then demand from the insurance company.
Recoverable damages could include the following:
- Current and future treatment for injuries and any related costs
- Current and future lost income caused by the accident
- Diminished earning capacity
- Property damages, such as the damage to their vehicle
- Pain and suffering losses
- Other intangible damages
- Wrongful death damages, if your loved one died as a result of the accident
Time Limits for Taking Legal Action in a Teen Driving Accident Case
There are time limits for filing a personal injury lawsuit based on a car accident in every state. In Mississippi, this deadline is three years from the time of the accident, per Mississippi Code Annotated §15-1-49. If we do not file a civil suit before this deadline, we will not be able to later.
Due to the time limits on taking legal action, we need to go to work on your teen accident case as soon as we can. We recommend calling our team for your initial consultation as soon as possible after the accident when you have a good idea of the medical prognosis. We may also be able to learn more about the extent of their injuries and ongoing medical needs with help from medical experts if the circumstances of the case call for it.
Causes of Teen Driving Accidents in Mississippi
Research from the American Automobile Association (AAA) supports three major factors as contributing to fatal teen crashes:
- Drinking and driving
- Distracted driving
Regardless of who causes the accident, speeding will likely result in more severe injuries for everyone involved. Both drinking and driving and distracted driving affect reaction time, meaning that the speed of impact in these accidents may also worsen resulting injuries.
According to the Mississippi Department of Transportation, our state ranks as one of the lowest in seat belt compliance in the nation. Among the least likely to use seat belts are our teenagers. This means that when our youth get into accidents, they are far more likely to be severely injured. Even if the accident isn’t their fault, they may suffer more serious physical consequences.
We Protect Teens from Undue Blame
While teenagers may be more likely to cause accidents from these factors, that doesn’t mean your teen caused the accident in which they were injured. Every driver is at risk of causing an accident, especially by such common causes as speeding and distracted driving. Whoever caused the accident, we will gather evidence to implicate them and protect your teen from further harm.
Speak to a Morris Bart, LTD Team Member About Your Teen Driving Accident Today
A Biloxi teen driving car accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to manage your case from start to finish. This service includes filing a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier or a suit in a Harrison County civil court.
You can discuss your options for recovering compensation with a team member from the Morris Bart law office in Gulfport. Call today to start your free case consultation and to learn more about your legal options.
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