A Gulfport rain lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help you seek compensation if you suffered injuries in a car accident in the rain in Southern Mississippi. We understand the causes of rain-related traffic accidents and what it takes to prove liability to an insurer or in court. We can pursue damages for you and your family if we believe you qualify to take legal action.
You can receive a complimentary case review with a member of our Gulfport team today by calling (228) 357-9621. We handle weather-related traffic accident cases on a contingency basis. You will pay us nothing out of your pocket if we take action on your behalf. We only get paid if and when you win your case.
Driver Negligence Causes Most Rain-Related Accidents
Rain is extremely dangerous for drivers and occupants of motor vehicles. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), three out of every four weather-related accidents occur on wet streets, and almost half occur during rain. These accidents happen because of the risks associated with driving on wet roads, including:
- Reduced vehicle traction on wet pavement
- Reduced ability to maneuver and control the vehicle
- Reduced visibility in heavy rain
- Increased risk of speed-related accidents
Drivers must make certain, specific adjustments to the way they drive during rain and wet conditions, especially when freezing or standing water may be possible. Hydroplaning and losing control is also a serious risk, one that can be greatly reduced by decreasing speed and keeping their full attention on the roadway.
When a driver fails to make the necessary adjustments to their driving style, and an accident occurs, the Mississippi Civil Code allows those who suffer injuries and losses to pursue a case against the at-fault driver and possibly hold them liable for their negligence.
To learn more about how you may be able to build a case for car accident compensation against the driver who caused your traffic accident, contact the Morris Bart law office in Gulfport today. We will review your case for free.
For a free legal consultation with a Rain Accident lawyer serving Gulfport, call 800-537-8185
Some Accidents Caused by Rain Are Related to Road Defects
In some cases, it is the road itself that causes a rain-related accident. Inland flooding, such as after a tropical storm, may also cause significant damage to roads, leading to an accident. Our team knows how to build this type of case and may be able to help you hold the municipal government, state, or federal government responsible.
However, the rules that apply to these cases are complex, and the deadlines are generally very short. Contact us as soon as possible if you believe the condition of the road caused or contributed to your Gulfport accident.
A Gulfport rain lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm will work with you to determine what happened, who is liable, and what the critical deadlines are in this type of case. We will need to follow strict rules to pursue compensation from a government agency, but it may be possible based on the facts of your case.
Call (228) 357-9621 as soon as possible after your collision if you believe a fault with the road may be a cause or contributing factor to your Gulfport accident.
Time Limits Vary Depending on the Identity of the Liable Party
When it comes to most Gulfport traffic accidents, Mississippi Code Annotated (MCA) § 15-1-49 generally gives motorists up to three years to prepare to take their case before a judge. If they miss this time limit, they could lose their right, and the judge may bar them from filing suit.
However, because of a legal doctrine known as sovereign immunity, different rules apply when the liable party is a government agency who failed to take the proper actions to repair roads in a reasonable amount of time after a flooding event or who designed the roads improperly for rain. These cases may have much earlier deadlines that victims must meet in order to protect their right to compensation.
Damages Available through Financial Recovery Following a Gulfport Accident
Whether we reach an agreement with the insurer, present a case in court and receive an award, or fight a government agency for your compensation, the damages we may be able to recover will depend on the losses and expenses we document while building your case. The value and recoverable damages in a traffic accident case can vary widely, and you could have losses not included on this list, or there may be some things on this list that do not apply in your case.
In general, some recoverable damages in a Gulfport car accident include:
- Medical treatment
- Necessary care and support
- Lost income and benefits
- Reduced earning capacity
- Repairs to your vehicle
- Other property damages
- Miscellaneous expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Other non-economic damages
Our team also accepts wrongful death and survival action cases. We represent the surviving immediate family of accident victims who passed away as a result of their collision, seeking the compensation due to these families.
Talk to a Member of Our Gulfport Rain Accident Team Today
A Gulfport rain lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can seek the financial recovery you need to cover your medical care, missed pay, and other losses after a traffic accident near the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We understand the unique challenges of proving an accident case when the accident occurred because of bad weather.
Let a member of our team review the facts of your Gulfport motor vehicle accident case today at no cost to you. We will discuss your injuries, prognosis, rights, and options. Call
(228) 357-9621 to reach our Harrison County office.
In addition to serving Gulfport and surrounding areas, we have 15 offices that allow us to represent the best interests of accident victims in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and Arkansas.
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