If you or a loved one was involved in a truck accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for vehicle damage, medical needs, pain and suffering, and other damages.
A D’Iberville truck accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm could help you secure this compensation. Our services include collision investigation, evidence collection, damage valuation, settlement negotiations, and other steps in the recovery process. Call our office at (228) 357-9621 to begin with a free consultation.
We Can Help You Determine Who Is Liable for Your Truck Accident
Before you can recover financial compensation for a truck accident, you must determine who is liable or legally responsible for your damages. Determining liability for a truck accident is often more complicated than in other car accident cases.
Large commercial trucks, such as semi-trucks, flatbeds, concrete mixers, and other big rigs, are generally owned by commercial trucking companies. This can expand liability for your collision.
Truck Driver Liability for a Collision
The truck driver may be the individual who is at fault and liable for your truck accident. Multiple driver errors can lead to a horrible truck accident, including:
- Distracted driving, such as eating and drinking while driving, texting while driving, or otherwise not paying adequate attention to the road
- Driving under the influence of intoxicating substances like illegal drugs, prescription medication, and/or alcohol
- Driver fatigue and falling asleep at the wheel
- Speeding, unsafe passing, and failure to obey traffic signals
- Driver inexperience or inadequate driver training
Trucking Company Liability
The fault for a serious truck accident may also lie with the trucking company or truck owner who employed the driver. The trucking company or truck owner may be liable if the accident was caused by:
- Employee negligence while on the job
- Inadequate truck inspections and maintenance
- Botched repair jobs
- Loose or fallen truck cargo caused by failure to properly secure the load
- Negligent hiring practices, including hiring unqualified drivers
- A truck driver who was encouraged to violate Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) hours of service regulations
In these cases, you may be able to pursue compensation from both the driver and the company that employed them.
Defective Truck Parts
Sometimes, a truck accident occurs because one or more of the truck’s components were defective. Mistakes made during the design or manufacturing of truck parts can lead to severe and even deadly truck accidents. A manufacturing company may be liable for your truck accident if the collision was caused by factors like:
- Defective tires
- Faulty steering or hydraulic systems
- Malfunctioning brakes
- Defective securement devices such as tie-downs or synthetic webbing
It is also possible that the accident was caused or worsened by poor road conditions. If potholes, insufficient traffic signs, or broken traffic signals contributed to your accident, the fault may lie with the party responsible for maintaining the road.
This is typically a government entity such as a city, state, or county. It is possible to sue a government entity for failure to adequately maintain roads. However, suits against the government are subject to special rules and timelines.
A D’Iberville truck accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can investigate your crash and determine which party or parties are liable. After liability has been determined, we can start building a claim in pursuit of damages. Call our office at (228) 357-9621 for a free consultation.
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Damages You May Be Entitled to if You Were Injured in a Truck Crash
Whether your crash was caused by loose or fallen truck freight or a truck collided with your vehicle, you may be able to recover financial compensation for your damages. Your recovery could include the costs of:
- Emergency room and hospital stays, surgery, x-rays, medication, and other immediate medical attention
- Ongoing medical care, such as physical therapy or occupational therapy
- Psychological harm caused by the accident
- Physical pain and suffering
- Lost income from missing work
- Future lost income
- Any impairment to your income-earning ability
- Vehicle repair costs
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal truck accident, it is important to learn about your legal options. A wrongful death claim may allow you to hold the liable parties financially responsible for your loved one’s death.
Compensation in a truck accident wrongful death claim often includes:
- The value of the income and benefits the decedent would have earned
- Medical bills resulting from the accident
- Funeral and burial costs
- Vehicle repair costs and property damage
- Loss of companionship
- Pain and suffering
Damages in a wrongful death claim are generally paid to the decedent’s spouse and children. If they did not have children or a spouse, the decedent’s parent or sibling may be entitled to damages.
Why Hire a D’Iberville Truck Accident Lawyer?
If you were hurt or a loved one was killed in a truck accident, let a D’Iberville truck accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm handle your case so that you can prioritize healing and recovery. Our team can investigate the circumstances of the crash and develop a strong claim for you.
Our team can provide the leadership and legal representation you need by:
- Obtaining evidence, including truck “black box” event data, police reports, truck maintenance records, trucking company records, medical reports, and more
- Gathering eyewitness statements
- Working with accident reconstructionists, financial experts, and other professionals who can give insight into your case
- Determining who is liable for the accident
- Calculating your damages
- Handling communications with the insurance company and other parties
- Representing your interests during settlement negotiations
- Filing a personal injury lawsuit against the liable party
Your Time to File a Lawsuit Is Limited
Personal injury claims and wrongful death actions in Mississippi are subject to a three-year statute of limitations per Mississippi Code Ann. §15-1-49. This means that you must file your claim before three years pass. Your case may be subject to other deadlines as well.
Call the Attorneys at Morris Bart, LTD for a Free Consultation
A D’Iberville truck accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can help you develop a strong claim against the trucking company or other liable party. We have 15 locations serving truck accident victims and their surviving loved ones, including one in nearby Gulfport, Mississippi. Call our office today at (228) 357-9621 for your free, confidential case evaluation.
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