If you were in a car versus bicycle collision in Jackson County, Mississippi, our law firm might be able to help you pursue compensation in your case. We handle these cases regularly, seeing compensation for bicyclists injured by a careless or reckless driver. In addition, we know how to prove negligence and document damages in bicycle accident claims.
A Pascagoula bicycle accident attorney from the Morris Bart law firm will meet with you to discuss your options for justice. We provide free case reviews and answer your questions. There is no obligation, and all information shared with us is confidential.
Securing Financial Recovery for Injured Bicyclists
Mississippi’s traffic accident laws allow us to hold the at-fault driver responsible for an accident they caused. This means we can often file a liability auto insurance claim or a civil lawsuit to recover compensation from the careless motorist for our clients.
We generally begin by developing an insurance claim with evidentiary support. First, we gather evidence that the motorist was negligent and caused the crash, then we demand a payout from the insurer. It could take time and several rounds of negotiations, but we often settle cases for our clients at this point. If not, we can sue for damages.
Our goal in any insurance claim or civil action is to recover compensation for the costs and losses our client experienced. This includes expenses, financial losses, and non-economic damages. Specific examples could include:
- Medical expenses
- Future and ongoing care costs
- Lost income
- Reduced ability to earn
- Property damages
- Miscellaneous costs
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Diminished quality of life
- Wrongful death damages under Miss. Code Ann. § 11-7-13
For a free legal consultation with a Bicycle Accident lawyer serving Pascagoula, call (228) 207-5266
Our Law Firm Fights to Protect the Rights of Bicycle Accident Victims
For more than 40 years, the Morris Bart law firm has fought to protect the rights of traffic accident victims, including bicyclists injured in accidents. We know how to develop a strong claim and pursue the compensation our clients deserve.
When we take on a bicycle accident case, we take the necessary steps to prove the case while also protecting the client’s rights and communicating with them regularly. We will keep you updated about your case status while you focus on healing from your injuries.
The process we navigate on our clients’ behalf includes:
- Gathering any available evidence
- Analyzing the evidence to understand what caused the crash
- Identifying the liable party or parties
- Proving negligence and liability
- Valuing their damages
- Demanding a just payout from the insurance company
- Negotiating a settlement
If we cannot settle with the insurer representing the at-fault driver, we may need to sue that driver and take the case to trial. This is not common but does happen. Our legal team is well-equipped to represent your best interests and present your case to the judge and jury.
In 2019, we recovered compensation for more than 6,500 clients. Our case results included a $430,000 settlement for a client who suffered several broken bones, a head injury, eye and ear injuries, and more in a bicycle accident.
Like other cases we handle, we represent bike accident victims based on contingency fees. Our Pascagoula location at 707 Watts Avenue #A also serves Gautier, Moss Point, and nearby areas.
Steps We Rake to Prove Liability in a Pascagoula Bicycle Accident Claim
Our attorneys must first investigate and ascertain what happened to pursue and secure financial recovery in a bicycle accident case. Without the evidence to show that the at-fault driver acted negligently and is legally responsible, it will not be possible to convince others they should be accountable.
Having strong evidence to support the claim or case is essential. A convincing argument is the only way to negotiate a fair settlement or convince the judge and jury to award compensation to our client. The evidence common in these cases includes:
- The police report
- Eyewitness statements
- Video of the crash
- Photos from the scene
- Accident reconstruction data
- The victim’s relevant medical records
- Expert witness statements
- Documentation of damages
Our bicycle accident lawyers will gather, analyze, and organize this evidence, using it to build a case that proves the four elements of negligence:
- Duty: Such as a requirement to stop at a stop sign
- Breach of duty: Failing to follow the law or uphold another duty
- Causation: The driver’s failure caused the crash
- Damages: The victim suffered physical, emotional, and financial harm
Showing that the driver acted negligently forms the basis of our claim against them. Their careless or reckless behaviors caused the bike accident, so they are legally liable. Therefore, we can file a claim based on their liability auto insurance and demand a just payout.
In some cases, such as collisions caused by commercial vehicle drivers, there may be additional liable parties, as well.
Mississippi Law Limits Your Time to Take Legal Action Against the At-Fault Driver
There are a few situations when it may be necessary to sue the at-fault driver. We generally settle these cases out of court when we can but suing may be best under some circumstances. Examples include:
- The insurer denies paying some or all the damages
- The liable party or insurer blames our client for the accident
- There are other questions of fact in the case
- If punitive damages are possible
- The deadline for suing is approaching
The deadline to begin a lawsuit in a Mississippi personal injury case is generally three years after the accident under Miss. Code Ann. § 15-1-49. However, exceptions exist, and you could have more or less time in your case.
Contact Our Office to Discuss Your Legal Options with a Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Speak with a lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm in Pascagoula for free today. We offer these case consultations so you can get answers to your questions and learn more about your legal options. We can meet with you at your home, our office, over the phone, or in another location.
Call (228) 207-5266 to speak with a bicycle accident attorney for free.
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