People who are severely injured in car accidents may have to face steep medical bills, be forced to skip work to heal from their injuries, and potentially be without transportation if their car requires extensive repairs or is totaled. If a negligent driver injured you or a loved one, you might be able to file a car accident claim or lawsuit against them to recover your losses. Should you win your case, you may be able to secure compensation to cover your current and potential future expenses related to your injuries.
If your car accident occurred in D’Iberville, Mississippi, call the Morris Bart law firm at (228) 357-9621 to talk with a D’Iberville car accident lawyer about your case. A lawyer on our team can provide a free consultation to discuss your situation and answer questions about the legal process.
Your Lawyer Can Help You Collect Evidence
To successfully make a case in your car accident, you will have to prove your claims with evidence. Some evidence you may present to verify your claims might include:
- The crash report
- Photos and videos of the accident, the accident scene, and your injuries
- Black box information if available
- Cellphone records if the other driver was texting and driving
- Breathalyzer or blood test results if the other driver was intoxicated while driving
- Witness statements
- Expert analysis, such as from accident reconstruction analysts
Your D’Iberville car accident lawyer can take actions on your behalf to retrieve certain forms of evidence. Your lawyer can submit paperwork to request information in possession of the at-fault party or speak with potential witnesses. A lot of work goes into preparing a car accident case, especially if the fault is not immediately definable and if multiple parties are involved.
Your lawyer will work hard to get as much information as possible to prepare your case.
For a free legal consultation with a Car Accident lawyer serving D'Iberville, call 800-537-8185
Car Accident Victims Have Three Years to Sue for Damages
Each individual has a unique set of lifestyle factors to consider when estimating what is fair compensation for their injuries, such as the value of their vehicle, the cost of their medical treatment, and their current financial situation. To determine how much compensation is appropriate for your damages, your team will look at several factors, such as:
- Medical bills
- Vehicle repair bills
- Pain and suffering
- Income loss
- Living with a permanent disability
- Being unable to work the same job because of your injuries
Your lawyer may also inform you of other damages that are not listed here if they are available in your case. Keep in mind that Miss. Code Ann. §15-1-49 generally gives car accident victims three years to file a lawsuit against a negligent party. However, this timeline may be significantly shorter in some cases.
If you intend to pursue compensation through a lawsuit, it is better to act sooner rather than later to avoid missing important deadlines.
Case Building in Your Car Accident Begins by Asking Crucial Questions
To begin any case, you need information. Sometimes the stress of a car accident can make it seem like a lot is going against you, especially if you were injured and forced to incur debts as a result of the accident. When working with a legal team, you may be asked a series of questions to assess what you already know, which could be key elements of your case.
Some questions your lawyer will review with you are:
- Who caused the car accident?
- How many people were involved in the accident—and could there have been more contributors to the accident than those that were physically at the scene?
- What caused the car accident, and were these causal factors preventable?
- Did the accident cause your injuries, and did you know about them at the time of the accident or discover them later?
- Was the accident captured on camera by traffic cameras or surveillance cameras from nearby buildings?
- Are there witnesses who saw the accident?
- If the accident had not occurred, would you have still suffered the damages you are facing?
Even if some of these questions seem obvious, they establish clear facts about whether the other driver was negligent, and whether your injuries were the result of their negligence. Your lawyer can help you structure your argument and point out other factors to consider, such as other parties who might be involved or if certain personal injury laws apply to your situation.
Multiple Liable Parties
Car accidents can be the result of numerous factors, and sometimes that means parties who were not present at the scene might also have contributed to its cause. For example, if a vehicle’s brakes malfunction, the at-fault driver may be unable to brake in time to avoid hitting the vehicle in front of them. In this instance, your lawyer will want to know:
- Were the brakes worn out or recently replaced?
- If they were recently replaced, who replaced them?
- If they were recently replaced, what brand were they?
If the brakes were worn out, then the at-fault driver may have neglected to keep their vehicle properly maintained. However, if they sought out maintenance from a mechanic and the brakes failed because they were improperly installed, the mechanic might be liable. If the mechanic performed an adequate job, the brakes might have had a defect, which would place liability on the brake manufacturer.
Not every car accident has obvious liable parties, so your lawyer will investigate several factors to determine who else might be involved in your case.
Come to the Attorneys at Morris Bart, LTD to Have Your Case Reviewed
Call the Morris Bart law firm for a free case evaluation at (228) 357-9621. If necessary, our team will investigate your accident further to get more evidence to support your case. Our car accident attorneys work on a contingency-fee-basis, so if you were concerned about being able to afford a lawyer, you may be surprised to learn that we will not ask for any payment upfront.
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