If you or someone you love is hurt and suffering because of an accident involving a large truck, you have the right to hold the driver and any other liable parties responsible for your injuries. Getting a settlement can help you move on with your life.
The team at the Morris Bart law firm is here to help. A truck accident lawyer in Gulfport can work with accident scene reconstruction experts who uncover exactly what happened in the moments leading up to a collision. This can determine liability for the accident.
How a Gulfport Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help
We understand how overwhelming it can be to pursue legal action after a collision, especially if you lost a loved one or are still healing from your injuries. Here are a few examples of ways we can help:
- Gathering evidence: We can gather evidence like police reports, eyewitness statements, and surveillance video if it is available.
- Calculating the value of your case: We can get copies of your medical records, bills and receipts, and other documents to determine the full value of your claim.
- Negotiating on your behalf: We can talk to the defendant’s lawyer or the insurance company on your behalf so you can focus on healing from your injuries.
- Fighting for your rights at trial: If we cannot reach a fair settlement, we will not hesitate to fight for your rights at trial.
For a free legal consultation with a Truck Accident lawyer serving Gulfport, call 800-537-8185
Our Lawyers Have Experience With Truck Accident Claims
At Morris Bart, our lawyers have years of experience filing truck accident claims. Unfortunately, these accidents are all too common. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), over 4,000 people died in 2018 as a result of accidents involving large trucks.
It’s important to work with personal injury lawyers who have experience with your specific type of accident and injury. Because we have experience with this type of claim, we understand what it takes to go up against the trucking companies and their insurance adjusters.
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Establishing Liability in a Gulfport Truck Accident Case
These cases can be complex because it is not always clear who is liable for an accident. In some cases, there may even be multiple liable parties. Some of the parties who could be potentially held liable include:
- The truck driver: If the driver pushed beyond the legal limit, was on prescription medication that induced drowsiness, or engaged in other negligent behavior, they may be responsible for your injuries.
- The trucking company: If the trucking company did not properly maintain the truck or if they did not load it properly and improper weight distribution was a factor in the collision, they may be liable for your injuries.
- The repair company: If the truck was maintained, but the maintenance company did not repair it properly, or the technician who worked on the truck did not have proper qualifications, the service company may be liable.
If you or someone you love is hurt because of the negligence of a truck driver, trucking company, or another party, you have the right to hold the negligent parties responsible for your losses.
Proving Negligence in a Truck Accident Lawsuit
You must prove negligence in order for your truck accident claim to be successful. In other words, if you wish to receive compensation from the responsible individual in your crash, you must prove they were driving carelessly. Your attorney can help you prove:
- A duty of care was owed by the defendant to you
- A defendant’s breach of that duty by a negligent act or omission
- Your damages were a direct result from the breach of duty
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Truck Accident Damages
There are different types of damages in truck accident cases. Your Gulfport attorney They are broken into three different categories:
- Economic damages: The financial losses you’ve suffered from the truck accident. This can include medical bills, lost wages, and out-of-pocket purchases.
- Non-economic damages: These can include your pain and suffering, emotional distress, and reputational damage. There is no dollar figure attached to them.
- Punitive damages: These are set to deter the defendant from acting in this reckless manner again.
How Can I Show Proof of My Damages?
A Morris Bart lawyer will help you collect evidence and assign a total value to your damages. This will be used in settlement negotiations or for when your case goes to trial. With more evidence, your attorney can build a stronger case. The evidence we collect may include:
- Hospital bills
- Documents from your employer
- Proof of any purchase to repair your vehicle
- Statements from your physical therapist
- Testimony from medical and economic experts
It’s important that you hold on to any receipts from out-of-pocket expenses that directly correlate to the accident. Our team will work hard to win you back the finances you lost.
Mississippi Laws That May Impact Your Claim
There are two laws that you should be aware of that could impact your truck accident claim: the statute of limitations, and the legal doctrine of comparative negligence.
Statute of Limitations
Mississippi has a limit for the length of time you can pursue compensation after an accident. According to Sec. 15-1-49 of the Mississippi Code, you must pursue legal action within three years of your accident, or you are generally barred from pursuing any type of compensation.
Pure Comparative Negligence
Mississippi is a pure comparative fault state. According to Mississippi Code §11-7-15, any compensation you are awarded will be modified according to your degree of liability. If you are found to be 20% at fault, then your damages will be reduced by 20%.
A defense lawyer may claim that you were more responsible for an accident than you really are to reduce their client’s liability. Your Gulfport lawyer can defend you against underhanded tactics like these and can even work with an accident scene reconstruction expert to determine who is liable.
Speak With a Morris Bart Truck Accident Lawyer Today
For a free, no-risk review of your claim or to have our team get to work right away on your case, contact Morris Bart today. We also work on a contingency fee basis only, which means you do not have any upfront, out-of-pocket costs.
We are only paid if we are successful with your case. If we do not secure you fair compensation, you are not required to pay for any legal fees.
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