A Long Beach truck accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to represent you in your legal case following an injury collision in Mississippi. You may have the right to hold the truck driver and their employer liable for your injuries and related accident damages. We will review the details of your crash to determine your options for pursuing compensation.
Liability in Truck Accident Cases Is Often Complex
When a tractor-trailer truck causes an accident that involves passenger vehicles, severe and even fatal injuries often occur. The careless driver whose negligence caused the accident may be liable for the damages caused, and you may qualify to pursue a case against them.
However, a legal doctrine known as respondeat superior applies in many commercial vehicle accident cases. Under this doctrine, the at-fault driver’s employer may also be liable for your crash injuries if the collision happened while the driver was on the clock.
Under Mississippi law, it may be possible to seek damages from both the driver and the trucking company where they work. At the Morris Bart law office, our team can review the facts of your collision to help you understand how these rules apply in your case.
Protecting and Gathering Evidence to Support Your Claim
A Long Beach truck accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm knows how to build a case against a truck driver and trucking company. This includes taking the necessary steps to identify, preserve, and analyze the evidence in the case.
Following a truck accident, some of the evidence needed to support our client’s claim and prove liability is in the trucking company’s possession. Federal laws, as well as conventions of the trucking industry, create evidence that would not be available in most traffic accidents. This includes:
- Data from onboard computers
- Dashcam video of the accident
- Rest logs
- Drug and alcohol test results
This evidence can be crucial in proving what caused the accident, the truck driver’s role, and other key factors. Because the trucking company may be a defendant in an eventual civil suit, we must take quick action to demand they protect and share the evidence they have. We can take this action on your behalf as soon as you sign on for representation, allowing us to begin building your case.
Financial Recovery for Your Long Beach Truck Accident
Traffic accident cases and other personal injury claims often settle without filing a lawsuit or going to trial. Once we have an idea of what happened in the collision and the value of our client’s damages, we will typically file an insurance claim and pursue financial recovery on their behalf.
We present our client’s case to the insurance company representing the trucking company and truck driver. With the evidence we collect, our team aims to show the value of our client’s losses and prove the negligent parties’ liability. This can help us to negotiate a fair settlement agreement.
Our goal is to secure a settlement that covers the client’s financial expenses and intangible losses, including pain and suffering damages. This could include treatment and related medical care, lost income, and property damages.
We can also represent families whose loved one died from their Long Beach truck accident injuries. If this happened to you, we may be able to seek wrongful death damages for your family under Miss. Code Ann. §11-7-13.
The Statute of Limitations in Truck Accident Cases
It is not always possible to negotiate an agreement with the insurance company in a truck accident case. We may need to file a lawsuit in civil court if the insurer:
- Tries to blame our client for some or all of the fault in the crash
- Will not pay a fair value for the case
- The deadline for filing a lawsuit is approaching
It is possible to run out of time to file a personal injury lawsuit. Under Miss. Code Ann. §15-1-49, you could lose the right to take the case to court if we fail to begin the process within three years of the accident. As soon as you hire us for your case, we can calculate the filing deadline and keep it in mind as we proceed.
Note that just because we file a personal injury lawsuit does not mean we cannot reach an out-of-court agreement. In fact, many cases settle after filing the initial paperwork to begin a civil suit.
Discuss Your Truck Accident Case with an Attorney Today
Allow a Long Beach truck accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm to help you after your Mississippi collision. Our case evaluations are free and can help you learn about your rights and options for seeking compensation. It may be possible to hold the reckless driver and other liable parties accountable.
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