A Diamondhead driving while intoxicated (DWI) accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help if a drunk driver caused your injury crash. We will review the facts of your collision case for free today, and evaluate your options for taking legal action. Let us help you understand your legal rights and the responsibilities of the driver who hit you.
If your accident occurred in Diamondhead, Mississippi or you live in a nearby community, the Morris Bart law office in Gulfport serves your area. You can reach us now by dialing (228) 357-9621. A team member is available to speak with you about your accident.
Seeking Damages Based on Your Diamondhead Collision Case
If you were a victim of a drunk or drugged driver in Diamondhead, you may have a civil case against them. If you can show they caused the accident that led to your injuries and financial losses, you may be able to hold them accountable and recover compensation.
Under the Mississippi Civil Code, victims of collisions can hold negligent drivers responsible for their losses. When a driver drinks alcohol and gets behind the wheel to drive, it affects their abilities in numerous ways. They may experience decreased coordination, reduced reasoning ability, slowed decision making, and blurred vision, among other effects.
While the state’s negligence laws provide a way for victims to file a lawsuit against the drunk driver, most of these cases involve an insurance claim based on the driver’s auto liability policy. This allows us to negotiate an out-of-court settlement in many cases instead of going to trial.
For a free legal consultation with a Driving While Intoxicated Accident lawyer serving Diamondhead, call (228) 357-9621
A DWI Conviction Is Not Necessary for a Civil Recovery
A Diamondhead driving while intoxicated accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to secure a payout for you regardless of the outcome of the at-fault driver’s DWI case. In Mississippi, the law sets a legal limit for intoxication and outlines the penalties for violating these limits. When an intoxicated driver causes an injury accident, they may face additional criminal charges.
These criminal charges have no bearing on the outcome of your civil case or insurance claim against the drunk driver. They may make it easier to prove the driver was acting negligently at the time of the collision, strengthening your case. However, you do not need to have proof of a criminal conviction to recover damages based on your accident injuries and damages.
Proof in a Civil Case
To secure a successful settlement or judgment in a civil case, victims must show:
- The other driver was negligent.
- Their negligence caused the accident.
- The victim suffered injuries in the accident.
- There are financial losses related to those injuries.
While drunk driving is reckless and dangerous, it will not win a civil case on its own. You must show that it caused the driver to make a careless mistake and violate a traffic law, such as running a stop sign, making an improper lane change, or failing to maintain their lane.
The Morris Bart law firm may be able to help you build a case and pursue damages in your Diamondhead accident case. While we serve Diamondhead from our Gulfport location, we have 15 offices in all to serve accident victims across the Gulf South. This includes Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Alabama.
Recoverable Damages in a Diamondhead DWI Crash Case
When we file a liability car insurance claim or civil suit against a drunk driver on behalf of a client, we hope to hold that driver accountable for their actions. To this end, we seek damages that compensate our clients for their accident-related expenses, losses, and intangible damages.
We investigate, assess, and value their damages before filing a claim, ensuring we have a strong understanding of how much their case is worth. We must ensure we do not settle for less than the losses our client incurred due to the accident.
The damages accident victims suffer can vary depending on the unique specifics of each case. Many incur losses related to medical care, time away from work, and pain and suffering, both physical and emotional.
Per Miss. Code Ann. §11-7-13, the surviving family members of an accident victim who died of their injuries also may be able to build a case and recover wrongful death damages. Our team may be able to help with this type of case, as well.
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A Diamondhead driving while intoxicated accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help you hold the intoxicated driver accountable for your accident. We provide complimentary case assessments to motorists and their passengers who suffer injuries in this type of preventable collision.
Reach out to our Gulfport office today. We generally only have a limited time to take civil action against the drunk driver who caused our client’s injuries, per Miss. Code Ann. §15-1-49. Call (228) 357-9621 and review your collision case with us for free.
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