A Gautier driving while intoxicated accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help if you were a victim in this type of collision. When a driver causes an accident because they were driving while intoxicated (DWI), Mississippi law allows you to hold them accountable. We provide free consultations so victims can better understand their rights and options for filing legal claims.
The Morris Bart law firm can review your Gautier, Mississippi, case today. Call (228) 207-5266 to speak with a team member from our Pascagoula location. This office serves Gautier and other neighboring communities.
Why Hire a Lawyer?
Our Gautier driving while intoxicated accident lawyer represents the victims of drunk driving accidents and other types of collisions like you. We will work to develop a strong case for your recovery. Our team will present the evidence we collect to the insurance company and seek a payout that compensates you fairly for your damages.
Throughout this process, we take steps to protect your rights and represent your financial interests. For example, we manage all communication about the case, ensuring there are no missteps and that the insurer does not use your words against you. Our team also calls in experts as necessary to strengthen your case against the at-fault driver.
The Pascagoula office of the Morris Bart law firm is waiting for your call today. Our team will evaluate your options in a free consultation. Let us help you take steps to recover compensation for your damages after a collision.
For a free legal consultation with a Driving While Intoxicated Accident lawyer serving Gautier, call 800-537-8185
Pursuing Damages after a Drunk Driving Crash in Gautier
While Mississippi personal injury laws give traffic accident victims the right to take negligent drivers to court, this is unnecessary for most people. The at-fault driver’s auto liability insurance provider may agree to pay a fair amount during settlement negotiations. Negotiations are the most common way the Morris Bart law firm is able to secure compensation for our clients.
These cases generally only go to trial under a few circumstances:
- The insurer does not agree their policyholder caused the collision.
- They do not want to pay the victim what their case is worth.
- There are other questions and disagreements about the case.
What Kinds of Damages Can You Recover in a Drunk Driving Accident Case?
The damages available in a traffic case depend on the losses and expenses the victim experienced. Before our team pursues a settlement for a client, we calculate the estimated value of their case. We use this calculation to determine how much compensation to pursue and if the insurance company presents an appropriate settlement.
Damages in a Gautier DWI accident case could include:
- Pain and suffering and other intangible damages
- Treatment for your injuries
- Future treatment and care for accident injuries
- Property damages
- Lost wages
- Daily expenses caused by the accident, such as rental car costs
- Other expenses related to the crash or your injuries
Wrongful Death Damages
Per Miss. Code Ann. §11-7-13, families who lost a member in a Gautier collision can hold the driver responsible through a wrongful death lawsuit. The damages in these cases can include:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Outstanding medical bills
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- Loss of companionship and other related losses
Civil Cases for DWI Differ from Criminal Cases
The criminal case and civil action serve different purposes and are both important. However, the criminal case has no bearing on your ability to recover a payout. You do not need to prove that the other driver violated the law and was intoxicated when the crash occurred.
You only need to show:
- They caused the accident, and
- You suffered injuries as a result.
Time Limits on Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Jackson County
Miss. Code Ann. §15-1-49 sets a three-year time limit for taking legal action in a personal injury case. This means you only have up to 36 months to file a suit against a careless motorist who caused your Mississippi accident and injuries. If you do not begin the legal process by filing the initial paperwork by this deadline, you could lose your right to do so.
Let Our Attorneys Review Your DWI Accident Case Today
A Gautier driving while intoxicated accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm could represent you in your collision case. To speak with our attorneys for free, call (228) 207-5266. A staff member serving our Pascagoula office is available to discuss your rights, legal options for compensation, and more for free.
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