If you or a loved one was injured in an accident in Ocean Springs, Mississippi because of a negligent driver, you might be entitled to receive compensation for your losses. Call the Morris Bart law firm at (228) 357-9621 today for a free case evaluation and learn how an Ocean Springs pedestrian accident lawyer may be able to help you.
Drivers Must Exercise Their Duty of Care When Using the Road
Mississippi Code Annotated §63-3-1112 dictates the rights and duties of pedestrians when sharing the road. It assigns a duty of care to drivers—they must try to avoid having a collision with pedestrians, and they should take precautions to warn pedestrians of any danger if a collision is about to occur. Drivers must also stay vigilant for pedestrians who might not be aware of the dangers of the road, such as children, intoxicated persons, and confused individuals.
Drivers must also give the right of way to pedestrians when they are using the crosswalk. Failure to do so may result in fines and other penalties. If you or a loved one was hit by a vehicle while using the crosswalk, you might be entitled to compensation from them for their negligence.
For a free legal consultation with a Pedestrian Accident lawyer serving Ocean Springs, call 800-537-8185
Compensation You Can Seek in a Pedestrian Accident Case
Your Ocean Springs pedestrian accident lawyer can help you categorize damages for which you might be qualified to pursue compensation. Each personal injury case is unique due to the different injuries, health conditions, and life consequences victims may suffer.
For some people, a pedestrian accident can lead to a chain reaction of financial losses, while others might experience broader losses due to physical limitations caused by their injuries. It is common for victims to experience a combination of both.
The process of categorizing your damages can start as soon as you call the Morris Bart law firm at (228) 357-9621 for a free case evaluation. A team representative can take notes on the damages you have experienced and include them in your profile, which you can discuss in more detail later with your legal team. Your lawyer will then review which damages can be filed as economic or non-economic losses.
Economic losses have a financial value, as they can apply toward expenses you had to pay because of your accident or the income you lost. Some common examples of economic losses include:
- Costs for medical treatment for your injuries
- Costs of repairing or replacing property that got damaged in the accident, e.g., a cellphone
- The income you lost due to having to recover from your injuries
- Reduced earning potential
- Transportation costs
Non-economic losses pertain to more general losses and may be physical or emotional. These losses tend to be more subjective and do not have a financial value that can measure their worth. Your lawyer may discuss which non-economic losses are applicable under Mississippi law, but some examples include:
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of ability to perform daily tasks
- Loss of consortium
Pedestrian Accident Cases Must Abide by the Statute of Limitations
Mississippi Code Annotated §15-1-49 mandates that people who intend to pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit generally have three years from the date of the accident to file their case. If you fail to meet this deadline, you might lose your opportunity to compel any liable party to compensate you for your damages.
Also, keep in mind that while this is a general deadline, certain factors might affect the actual timeline of your case, such as whether you are pursuing action against a government municipality. Your lawyer can inform you more about the statute of limitations and how it applies to your case.
Hire a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer from Morris Bart, LTD Today
If you were hit by a vehicle while crossing or using the road as a pedestrian, you might be entitled to compensation from the at-fault driver. Call (228) 357-9621 for a free consultation with a lawyer on the Morris Bart law firm. Our team works on a contingency-fee-basis.
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