If you suffered injuries in a crash because of a careless negligent truck driver, you could qualify to hold them and their employer responsible for your injuries. A Gautier truck accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help.
Start exploring your options for seeking financial recovery based on your expenses and losses today. Call (800) 537-8185 now to discuss your collision, injuries, legal rights, and other factors with our team. These consultations are free and confidential.
We Help Accident Victims Identify and Value Their Recoverable Damages
At the Morris Bart law firm, we represent victims of these serious traffic accidents by filing insurance claims or suing the liable parties in civil court. A claim or lawsuit may allow you to recover a range of expenses and losses, depending on the specifics of your case.
Before we begin this process, we gather documentation to show the damages our client suffered because of the collision. Then, we put a value on their claim to ensure we know what a fair and just offer will look like. Only after we know this number will we file the claim or take the case to trial.
Types of Recoverable Damages
Each case is somewhat different, so the value of a victim’s damages can vary widely. However, many truck accidents lead to similar types of expenses and losses. These include:
Current damages are those you have already incurred because of the collision and your injuries, such as:
- Medical expenses
- Ambulance fees
- Care and rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Car repairs
- Pain and suffering
For severe injuries, you may face additional damages in the future, such as:
- Ongoing medical needs and treatment-related costs
- Diminished ability to earn
- Reduced quality of life
Wrongful Death Damages
If you lost a loved one to their truck collision injuries, you may seek compensation for the following damages in a wrongful death case:
- Final expenses
- Funeral and burial costs
- Pain and suffering from the loss of your loved one
- Reduced household income if you relied on your loved one for financial support
Truck Accident Cases Involve Complex Statutes and Case Law
If you suffered injuries in a Gautier truck accident, you should consider discussing your case with a truck accident attorney from our team. Even if you believe your injuries were relatively minor, these cases can get complicated quickly. Our attorneys are familiar with how Mississippi personal injury law affects commercial vehicle accident cases and can apply them to your situation.
There are some differences in how commercial vehicle cases proceed compared to other motor vehicle collision cases. Like other accidents, these claims are still generally based on:
- The personal injury laws included in the Mississippi Civil Code
- The state’s wrongful death statute, Miss. Code Ann. §11-7-13
However, other statutes and legal doctrines may also apply based on the circumstances that lead to the accident. Perhaps the most common is the legal doctrine of respondeat superior, which affects who you hold liable for your truck collision damages.
Liability in Truck Accident Cases
Under the doctrine of respondeat superior, an employer whose worker acts carelessly on the job is vicariously liable for these actions if others suffer injuries. This applies in many truck accident cases since the driver is generally working within the scope of their duties at the time of the collision. Using this doctrine, we may be able to file a claim or lawsuit against the employer and the truck driver.
There are also other reasons why the trucking company might be liable for an accident. For example, the company may have:
- Been aware of a driver’s history of driving while intoxicated but hired them anyway
- Kept the driver on the payroll knowing they had caused other accidents while on the job
- Encouraged drivers to continue without the required rest between shifts
- Failed to maintain or repair their trucks or trailers properly.
As a part of representing accident victims, a Morris Bart law office attorney will assign fault to all liable or vicariously liable parties and seek compensation from them.
Let Morris Bart, LTD Review Your Truck Accident Case
At the Morris Bart law firm, we take steps to protect our clients’ rights as soon as we sign on to handle their cases. This includes managing all communication, explaining what to expect, and identifying all deadlines. In most cases, we have three years from the date of the collision to sue the truck driver and trucking company under Miss. Code Ann. §15-1-49.
We will also work to investigate the accident, identify the liable parties, and build a case. This requires us to:
- Preserve any evidence the trucking company has
- Collect and analyze all evidence we identify
- Document our client’s related damages
- Structure an argument for compensation and support it with the available evidence
If you work with a Gautier truck accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm, we will prepare and file your claim for compensation while you continue your rehabilitation.
Talk to Our Attorneys About Your Gautier Truck Accident Claim for Free
We have attorneys available to review your case and explain your rights based on your case facts today. Our consultations are always free. You can reach the Pascagoula Morris Bart law office now by dialing (800) 537-8185.
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