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. Our Gulfport truck accident attorney 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 severe injuries. When we take on your case, we will handle everything, saving you time and ensuring you protect your rights as you see compensation. We will:
- Investigate the accident: We will look into what happened and how and identify all potentially liable parties that may owe you financial compensation.
- Gather evidence: We can gather evidence like police reports, eyewitness statements, and surveillance video if available. We may also be able to access the truck driver’s logbooks, dashcam footage, black box data, and other time-sensitive evidence that could be in the trucking company’s possession.
- Establish liability and negligence: We will build a case that shows who is responsible for your damages and how they demonstrated negligence that caused the collision in Gulfport.
- Assess your case’s monetary value: We can get copies of your medical records, bills and receipts, and other documents to determine the full value of your insurance claim or lawsuit.
- Negotiate a settlement on your behalf: We can talk to the at-fault party’s insurance provider or attorney about your financial recovery so that you can focus on healing from your accident injuries.
- Fight for your rights at trial: If we cannot reach a fair settlement, we will not hesitate to prepare a lawsuit and fight for your rights at trial.
We Will Be With You During Every Step of the Process
Whether you are filing an insurance claim or a lawsuit, we will protect your rights, look out for your interests, and advise you on the best steps to take for your situation. We will also update you on your case regularly and explain all case developments, no matter how big or small, and answer your questions.
We are your accident injury legal team, and we will offer the legal counsel you need to make the best decisions for you and your family.
For a free legal consultation with a Truck Accident lawyer serving Gulfport, call 800-537-8185
Recoverable Damages in a Gulfport Truck Accident
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 income, lost reduced or future income, and out-of-pocket purchases related to the accident.
- 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.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits
If you and your family are eligible to pursue wrongful death damages for a loved one who suffered fatal injuries in a Gulfport truck accident, our attorney could help you pursue compensation that can help you pay:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- The decedent’s medical expenses
- Compensation the decedent would have received had they lived
We can explain more about how wrongful death compensation works during a free legal consultation.
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 the kind of accident you were in. They will know what compensation to request based on the injuries and losses suffered in the accident and how to pursue your rightful compensation for them. 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.
Establishing Liability in a Gulfport Truck Accident Case
Commercial truck crashes can be complex matters because it is not always clear who is liable when an accident occurs. In some cases, multiple parties may be liable for victims’ recoverable damages. Some of these parties could be present at the accident scene when it happens, while others are not. An attorney who handles truck accident cases will know how to look for these other 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 check the truck for mechanical issues, or if it did not load it properly and improper weight distribution was a factor in the collision, it could 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.
Other liable parties could include the truck owner, its manufacturer, or a government agency that services the road or intersection where the accident took place. Sometimes, another passenger car driver, motorcyclist, or another road user can cause accidents involving commercial vehicles.
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. Our Gulfport personal injury attorney will review the accident to determine who’s liable for your medical
Proving Negligence in a Truck Accident Lawsuit
You must prove negligence 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:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care.
- They breached that duty by a negligent act or omission.
- As a result of that breach, they caused an accident.
- You suffered compensatory damages, such as your medical care and ongoing treatment, as a direct result of the accident. You could also seek financial recovery for any emotional trauma you experience and anticipated future losses.
How Can I Prove My Damages in a Gulfport Truck Accident?
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 when your case goes to trial. Your truck accident claim attorney can build a stronger case with more evidence. The evidence we collect may include:
- Medical expenses and rehabilitation costs
- Documents from your employer
- Proof of any purchase to repair your vehicle
- Proof of property damages you have
- 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 help you recover the finances you lost. We believe truck accident victims should receive compensation that helps them recover from a commercial truck accident.
Mississippi Laws that May Impact Your Gulfport Truck Accident Lawsuit Case
There are two laws that you should be aware of that could impact your truck accident case: 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 Miss. Stat. Ann. § 15-1-49, 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 Miss. Stat. Ann § 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 you were more responsible for an accident than you really are to reduce their client’s liability. Our Gulfport truck accident lawyer can defend you against 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 trucking accident case, contact the Morris Bart law firm today. If you decide to move forward after the initial consultation, we will work on a contingency fee basis only, which means you do not have any upfront, out-of-pocket costs.
Our Gulfport truck accident lawyers receive pay only if they are successful with your case. If we do not secure your fair compensation, you are not required to pay any legal fees.
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