Adequate lighting is vital to safe driving. Without it, you or your loved ones may not notice debris, other vehicles, or pedestrians. It is reckless for a driver, property owner, or municipality to not provide enough lighting to all motorists. If you were injured in a car accident due to poor lighting, an insurance compensation claim may pay for medical expenses, lost wages at work, and more.
A Gulfport poor lighting lawyer will provide you with the legal advice you want so that you can move forward with a claim or civil suit. You can call the Morris Bart law firm for a free, no-obligation consultation 24/7 at (228) 357-9621 now and learn more about your options.
Poor Lighting Is a Sign of Negligence
Negligence describes the careless acts that one takes against another over whom he or she owed a duty of care. While poor lighting is not always a sign of negligence, it is when other drivers have an expectation that lighting will be adequate.
Negligent acts of poor lighting may include but are not limited to:
- Nighttime glare from other cars
- Flickering or broken streetlights
- No lighting around buildings
- Poorly lit parking lots and garages
- Other drivers not turning on headlights
- Truckers not using adequate lights and signals
While the above-referenced list does not indicate all possible scenarios, it does help you understand that when negligence is involved, you have an actionable personal injury or wrongful death case. Even if you filed a claim already, a Gulfport poor lighting lawyer will help you determine if your settlement offer is fair.
The Morris Bart law firm will argue for a fair settlement you deserve. For matters that go to a civil trial, we will go to court and work toward proving your matter before a judge and jury. Get a free consultation now by calling us at (228) 357-9621.
For a free legal consultation with a Poor Lighting Accident lawyer serving Gulfport, call 800-537-8185
Know Your Rights to Compensation
If another’s negligent actions played a role in your car accident, you have a right to go after the compensation you need to pay for the losses you suffered. While a financial award does not fix everything, it does help you pay for what you need as well as holds liable parties accountable for their reckless actions.
The Morris Bart law office will help you fight for the following awards as applicable to the facts of your case:
- Current and long-term healthcare costs
- Physical pain and suffering
- Lost work wages and benefits if you missed time
- Wrongful death compensation for surviving family
- Lost enjoyment of life
- Punitive damages
- And more
A Gulfport poor lighting lawyer will build a case that works toward proving that inadequate lighting was totally or partially the cause for your injuries or loved one’s death. However, there are specific local, state, and federal laws that apply to your case and will affect the outcome.
You do not have to face insurers, adjusters, defendants, and opposing lawyers alone. The Morris Bart law firm will help you navigate your claim and answer your questions promptly.
Mississippi’s Negligence Laws
Each US state follows different negligence laws. These laws determine how civil courts assign fault to both the defendant and the plaintiff. Under Mississippi Code Annotated (MCA) § 11-7-15, the state utilizes the doctrine of comparative negligence. What this information means is that courts consider your contribution to the accident as a percentage value.
As an entirely hypothetical example, imagine that you are driving over the speed limit a little and take a sharp turn on a poorly lit county road. After looking at the evidence, the court determines that the county is 70 percent responsible for the negligence exhibited by the poor lighting but also finds that you are 30 percent responsible for the speeding. The end result is a 30 percent reduction in your insurance settlement or civil court award.
Since the comparative negligence rule applies to civil court cases, insurance companies keep it in mind when evaluating what your case is worth. The evidence and theory of your case will determine the final assignment of fault, so negotiation skills are vital to persuading all relevant parties.
A Gulfport poor lighting lawyer understands how to handle this aspect of your case. He or she ensures that your case avoids common pitfalls and legal mistakes when dealing with insurance companies and their legal representatives.
The Mississippi Car Accident Statute of Limitations
A statute of limitations is a civil deadline that Mississippi applies to the timeline of your case. While an insurance claim is subject to the limits of the policy, you may need to take your case to a civil trial, which means that it is imperative to understand what these legal time limits are.
Per MCA §15-1-49, you have up to three years from the date of your injury or family member’s death to pursue your case at the civil court level. If you do not negotiate a fair settlement, then civil courts will oversee the matter.
However, giving yourself enough time to settle out-of-court is essential if you want to resolve it in this manner. The Morris Bart law firm will work to ensure that your case will not miss the vital deadlines.
Discuss Your Case with Morris Bart, LTD
Poor lighting is negligent and dangerous to drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. You should not pay for the injuries that someone else caused you or your family. Hiring a Gulfport poor lighting lawyer will protect your rights to the compensation you deserve.
The Morris Bart law office welcomes injury victims or surviving family members to contact us for a free consultation by calling (228) 357-9621, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. If you determine that our legal team is the choice to represent your case, we will not request any form of advance payments and only get paid when you do.
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