If you suffered injuries in a crash caused by a careless trucker, a Gulfport, MS, 18 wheeler truck accident lawyer at the Morris Bart law firm might be able to help. We represent victims of injury accidents, including commercial vehicle collisions. We seek justice on behalf of our clients, holding those responsible for their injuries legally accountable.
When a truck driver causes a Harrison County, Mississippi, crash, we offer a free consultation to the victims. We want to ensure they understand their options for recovering compensation for their injuries, financial losses, and more.
Recovering Damages for Victims of Gulfport Truck Accidents
We file insurance claims for our clients, seeking appropriate settlements from the at-fault parties. We can generally negotiate a fair agreement through this process and recover compensation for the damages they experienced, including:
- Medical bills and other treatment-related expenses
- Future treatment and care for accident injuries
- Lost wages and other income
- Future lost wages caused by diminished earning capacity
- Property damages, including vehicle repair or replacement
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Other intangible losses
To recover these damages, we must first investigate what happened and prove the truck driver or their employer is responsible for the crash. Then, we have to document the client’s losses and value the claim. This is often more challenging than it seems because we have to determine the cost of intangible, abstract losses with no direct monetary value and future expenses.
Our team knows how to do this, and we also have expert witnesses we can rely on to help with this process.
Wrongful Deaths in 18 Wheeler Accidents
Our lawyers also manage wrongful death cases for the families of those who suffered fatal injuries. If your loved one died in a truck crash in Gulfport, or if they passed away later from their injuries or complications, we may be able to help.
Under Miss. Code Ann. § 11-7-13, certain immediate family members can recover compensation for their economic and non-economic losses. This includes:
- A surviving spouse
- Adult or minor children
For a free legal consultation with a 18 Wheeler Truck Accident lawyer serving Gulfport, call (228) 357-9621
How Our Team Helps Truck Accident Victims in Harrison County
We are a contingency fee law firm representing accident victims. Our truck accident attorneys know how to navigate these types of claims. We protect our clients’ rights and seek the best possible outcome for them based on the facts of their case.
You can find our Gulfport office:
1712 15th Street #300
Gulfport, MS 39501, United States
This location also serves:
- Bay St. Louis
- Long Beach
- Ocean Springs
- Pass Christian
In all, we have 15 locations in the Gulf South. We serve all parts of:
We have a proven history of recovering payouts for clients in Gulfport, whether through a negotiated settlement or a civil trial. Recent results in Mississippi include:
- $580,000 in a car accident case where the victim suffered a spinal injury and required cervical disc replacement surgery
- $490,000 in a truck collision that caused the victim to suffer a neck and back injury
In all, our team recovered compensation for more than 6,500 clients in 2019.
Gulfport 18 Wheeler Truck Accident Lawyer Near Me (228) 357-9621
Proving Fault and Liability in 18 Wheeler Truck Accidents
Like in most Mississippi collision claims, we have to prove the other driver was at fault before we can file a claim and recover compensation for our client. We have the resources to investigate these crashes thoroughly and prove what happened and who is responsible.
We also have the knowledge and experience to understand many of the most common contributing factors to truck accidents, which can guide our investigation. We commonly find the driver was:
- Drowsy or fatigued
- Working beyond legally allowed hours of service
- Drunk or on drugs
- Acting recklessly or aggressively
- Carelessly violating a traffic law
- Inexperienced or lacking training
- Unable to handle their cargo or a poorly secured load
As a part of building a truck accident claim for our client, we take steps that include:
- Obtaining the crash report, medical records, and other documents
- Preserving evidence from the trucking company
- Working with accident reconstruction experts
- Surveying the accident scene
- Interviewing witnesses
- Enlisting experts who can help us prove the case
- Documenting our client’s damages
After we prove cause and fault, it is time to determine the liable parties in the case. In most collision cases, this would most likely be the at-fault driver. When there is a commercial vehicle involved, it alters liability. Under MS Code § 75-89-15, truck accident victims can often pursue compensation from the driver’s employer.
We file our case against the trucking company or other corporation where the driver works, holding the company vicariously liable for their workers’ negligence. This is possible in most truck accident cases in Mississippi, although there are exceptions.
Do I Have to Sue the Trucking Company to Recover Damages?
We usually do not have to sue anyone to recover compensation for our clients in an 18-wheeler accident case. Instead, we demand a payout from the trucking company’s insurance provider and often negotiate a fair agreement.
We may need to sue if:
- They deny responsibility for the crash
- They will not honor our proof of value
- We are nearing the deadline to sue, which is generally three years under Miss. Code Ann. § 15-1-49
Even when we do sue a trucking company in these cases, we may not need to go to trial. However, recognizing we are willing to take them to court is often enough to convince them to increase their offer and compensate our client fairly.
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We Offer Complimentary Consultations to Truck Accident Victims in Gulfport
The Morris Bart law office in Gulfport provides complimentary case evaluations for truck accident victims. We will discuss your rights, options, and more with you during this free consultation. We also answer questions and explain how we can help.
Call (228) 357-9621 now to connect with a team member for free.
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