The damages you suffer from a car accident can be much deeper than the physical pain of your injuries. You may now face financial concerns due to medical bills and vehicle damage, compounded by a reduced income from missing time at work.
At Morris Bart, we believe if another party caused the collision that resulted in your injury, they should be held accountable for these damages. Fortunately, Mississippi is a tort state, which means you may be eligible to receive compensation for your losses from the at-fault party.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, a Hattiesburg car accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can investigate the details of your accident, identify the party who caused it, calculate your damages, and fight for your right to recover damages. Call us today at (601) 602-8431 for a free case review.
The Role That Negligence Plays in a Car Accident
Any party who occupies a roadway, maintains a road, or manufactures or sells vehicles or parts that someone uses to travel on the road, owes a duty of care. This term basically described the responsibility that these parties have for taking reasonable measures and acting in a way that keeps road occupants free from harm.
When a person or party violates this duty through their actions or inactions, they are said to be legally negligent. Under tort law, any injury that results from this behavior connects to the negligent party, and they can be held accountable for the damages associated with the injury.
Many forms of negligent behavior can cause a car accident, including:
- Driving while distracted
- Driving while intoxicated (DWI) or under the influence (DUI)
- Acting on road rage
- Driving at excessive speeds
- Passing in a no-passing zone
- Failing to use turn signal
- Failing to yield right of way
- Driving while fatigued
- Not checking before entering a roadway
- Providing insufficient lighting on the road
- Construction zones’ leaving debris on the road
- City failing to maintain a roadway
- Manufacturers designing or producing defective vehicle components
- Distributors and retailers selling defective vehicle components
While this list may include most of the more common forms of negligence, there are plenty more ways someone’s negligence can breach the duty of care. A car accident lawyer can investigate the circumstances leading to a collision, identify the at-fault party, and work to hold them accountable for your damages.
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How a Hattiesburg Car Accident Lawyer Will Investigate Your Case
When you hire the Morris Bart law firm to handle your car accident case, we will begin by investigating the collision to determine how it happened and who is at fault.
Toward this end, we will:
- Visit the accident scene to collect evidence
- Interview witnesses
- Gather photos and videos
- Obtain a copy of the police accident report
- Work with accident reconstruction specialists
The information from our investigation will enable us to identify the defendant in your case.
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Assessing Your Car Accident Damages
Your lawyer will also conduct thorough research to determine and specify all the losses you suffered due to your car accident injuries. This research will include:
- Obtaining wage statements from your employer
- Gathering all your medical records related to your injury
- Collaborating with experts in the fields of medicine, occupational therapy, economics, and psychology to determine the ongoing and future impact of your injury
The Morris Bart law firm is well acquainted with almost every type of car accident case. Over the years, we have assisted thousands of victims in recovering the damages they suffered from their collision-caused injuries. Call us today at (601) 602-8431 for a free case review.
Types of Damages You Might Recover for a Car Accident
No two car accidents are identical, and neither are the injuries and losses they cause. For this reason, your lawyer will not be able to tell which types of damages you may be able to demand—much less the dollar amounts they will seek on your behalf—until the firm has investigated the specific outcomes of your accident.
That being said, you can get a rough idea of what your lawyer will demand by reviewing the following types of damages commonly associated with a car accident:
- Doctors’ and surgeons’ fees
- Prescription medicine
- Physical therapy/rehabilitation
- Home modifications (wheelchair access, for example)
- Ambulatory devices (wheelchairs, crutches, etc.)
- Lost income and benefits (missing work days during treatment and recovery)
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Emotional stress
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of consortium
- Wrongful death
If your loved one died from injuries they sustained in a car accident caused by another party, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death action. While no amount of compensation could ever replace your loved one, it is possible that you will soon be financially responsible for certain costs associated with your loved one’s death. A wrongful death action can help prepare you financially for a life without your loved one and the road ahead.
Our firm can handle your wrongful death claim or lawsuit and make every effort to spare you discomfort throughout the process. We understand these cases and take them on with professionalism, dignity, and the utmost respect for your loss.
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Statute of Limitations in Mississippi
Every state imposes a deadline on the amount of time that can pass for an injured party to take legal action after a car accident. Under Mississippi Code Ann. § 15-1-49, this statute of limitations is three years. While this can seem like quite a lot of time,.the sooner you hire a law firm to handle your case, the more time you give them to build a case founded on compelling evidence. The more time that passes, the more you risk not meeting the state’s filing deadline, and the scarcer your pool of evidence may be, having eroded over the days, years, and months since your accident.
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If you have suffered injuries in a car accident, a Hattiesburg car accident lawyer at the Morris Bart law firm will fight for your right to compensation from the party who caused your injury.
We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay us nothing upfront, and we charge you no legal fees unless and until you successfully get paid via a settlement or judgment. All things considered, you have nothing to lose by placing a call and getting a free case review.
Call the Morris Bart law firm today at (601) 602-8431.
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