If you experienced a motorcycle accident, quite likely you sustained serious injuries. It’s also very possible that you have missed days at work, and you worry about how you will pay the medical bills that are starting to pile up, while still covering your daily and monthly living expenses.
A Hattiesburg motorcycle accident lawyer can explain your rights to demand compensation for the losses you have experienced—and will take on in the future. Under Mississippi law, if another party’s negligence caused your motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to seek compensation that will cover your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Call the Morris Bart law firm today at (601) 602-8431 for a free consultation.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Crashes
In an article presented by the Insurance Information Institute (III), alcohol and speeding are the two major contributors to motorcycle accidents. Although motorcycle accidents can occur under a wide variety of circumstances, the following other behaviors and conditions commonly spur this type of collision:
- Left turns
- Sudden stops
- Head-on collisions
- Hazardous road conditions
- Lack of riding experience
- Unsafe lane changes
We accept all types of motorcycle cases. Whatever the factors and conditions, we will investigate and determine if another party’s negligence played a causal role in your injuries.
For a free legal consultation with a Motorcycle Accident lawyer serving Hattiesburg, call 800-537-8185
Types of Injuries from a Motorcycle Collision
Due to the relative weight difference between a motorcycle and other motor vehicles, the force that a rider experiences in a collision can be powerful. Combined with motorcycles’ lack of safety structures (frame, airbags, seatbelts), such a tremendous force further exacerbates the risk of serious injuries for the rider.
Many variables—including the size of the bike and age of the driver—factor into the types of injuries that can result from a collision. Some common injuries from this type of crash include:
- Traumatic brain injury: prompting a host of other potentially lasting and life-altering effects
- Fractured and broken bones: collarbone, ribs, legs, arms, skull
- Muscle damage: sprains, strains, tears, and ruptures of tissue and ligaments
- Spinal cord injuries: causing numbness below the site of the injury or possibly resulting in complete paralysis of parts of the body
- Road rash: possibly leading to infections and nerve damage
These injuries can cause extreme pain and generate hefty medical expenses, time away from work, and a diminished quality of life. If another party’s negligence caused you to suffer such injuries, that individual or entity should pay for your losses.
Furthermore, if a loved one dies from their motorcycle accident injuries, you will be facing expenses related to their death. A wrongful death action against the at-fault party can spare you from bearing these costs.
A Hattiesburg motorcycle accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law office can help you with your pursuit of compensation and/or with a wrongful death action. Call us today at (601) 602-8431 for a free consultation.
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We Will Investigate Your Accident
To determine if negligence prompted the collision that caused your injury, our law firm will launch an investigation into your accident. We will use the evidence to identify the at-fault party and establish their negligence. Some of the evidence will serve to support your claim for damages in your personal injury case against the defendant.
- Visit the accident scene to collect evidence
- Seek out photos and videos and document them for your case
- Collect testimonies from witnesses
- Obtain a copy of the accident report filed by law enforcement who appeared at the scene
- Gather all medical records related to your accident injury
- Get copies of your wage statements from your employer
- Work with accident reconstruction specialists
- Seek professional opinions from experts in the fields of medicine, economics, occupational therapy, and psychology
This investigation will give us the evidence we need to support your claim as required by tort law.
Types of Damages You Might Recover
The compensation you stand to receive for your motorcycle accident is unique to your case—no two personal injury cases are exactly alike. Our firm will use the evidence we obtain from our investigation to build a demand letter itemizing all the losses you have suffered from your injury and their respective values.
Some of the types of damages we might include in this letter include:
- Medical bills
- Prescription medicines
- Hospital stays
- Physical rehabilitation
- Mobility devices
- Lost income and benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Diminished quality of life
- Diminished future potential earnings
- Emotional stress
- Loss of consortium
We will present this demand letter to the insurer of the at-fault party. Most likely, they will respond with a counteroffer. At this point, we begin to negotiate. We will fight to get you a fair settlement for your losses. However, sometimes the insurer refuses to cooperate toward that end. In these cases, we are able and willing to file a lawsuit on your behalf and let a civil court decide about a judgment to cover your damages.
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Your Time to Take Legal Action Is Limited
Mississippi Code Ann. § 15-1-49 only gives you around three years to take legal action after you suffer an injury in a motorcycle accident. By hiring a law firm sooner rather than later, you will be in a better position to meet this and other important deadlines. You will also give your lawyer more time to build a solid case, while evidence is fresh and more abundant, and while witnesses still have a clear recollection of the events that unfolded before, during, and after the collision.
Call a Hattiesburg Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
Our firm works on a contingency basis. You pay attorneys fees only when and if we secure a settlement or judgment for you in this case.
We have helped many Hattiesburg personal injury victims get the compensation they need and deserve, and we are eager to do the same for you.
Call the Morris Bart law firm today at (601) 602-8431 for your free consultation.
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