If you suffered injuries in a car accident caused by an intoxicated driver in Pascagoula, Mississippi, you may have a compelling legal case supported by strong evidence. This case may allow you to hold the drunk or drugged driver liable and recover compensation. A Pascagoula driving while intoxicated (DWI) lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can help handle your insurance claim or Jackson County personal injury lawsuit on your behalf.
To learn more about your right to take legal action, reach out to the Pascagoula office of the Morris Bart law firm today. Call (228) 207-5266 for a free case review and consultation with a member of our Pascagoula driving while intoxicated accident team.
DWI Claims May Support Criminal and Civil Action
When someone drives while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they could face criminal charges and the resulting consequences, as well as civil action from those who suffered injuries because of their actions.
Mississippi Code Ann. §63-11-30 spells out the stiff penalties that those who drink and drive face in Mississippi, especially if they cause an injury accident. Yet Mississippi drivers still continue to use intoxicating substances and get behind the wheel. These substances include:
- Other illicit drugs
- Sleep aids or other medications that cause drowsiness
- Prescription medications that cause intoxication
- Other substances that cause intoxication and affect driving abilities
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fewer Mississippi drivers than the national average say they drive drunk. However, Mississippi has significantly more people per capita who die because of accidents involving intoxicated drivers than the nation as a whole.
When a driver gets behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, their reaction time is often slowed. Their coordination may be affected, and their judgment may not be as sharp as it should be. This can lead to mistakes on the road and ultimately, injury accidents.
Some long-term and permanent injuries that DWI victims may suffer include:
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries and cognitive loss
- Neck and back injuries
- Loss of a limb or loss of use of a limb
- Other serious injuries
If you were the victim of a Pascagoula driving while intoxicated traffic accident and suffered injuries that required medical attention, you may be able to hold the driver accountable. Call the Morris Bart law firm today at (228) 207-5266 to speak with a team member and learn if we can help you pursue compensation in your case.
For a free legal consultation with a Driving While Intoxicated Accident lawyer serving Pascagoula, call 800-537-8185
A Pascagoula DWI Lawyer Can Pursue Compensation on Your Behalf
At the Morris Bart law firm, our Pascagoula driving while intoxicated lawyers work to help accident victims prove their cases and recover payouts based on their losses. We may be able to handle your case with no out-of-pocket cost to you if we believe there is evidence to prove your case. You can learn more during a free, no-obligation case review.
In a DWI accident case, we do not necessarily have to prove the other driver was drinking or under the influence of drugs to recover compensation for our clients. This means we do not have to wait for the criminal case against them to conclude—or even need them to face criminal charges—to move forward with a civil case against them.
Building a Case Against an At-Fault Driver
The only thing we must prove in a car accident case is that the at-fault motorist acted negligently and is legally liable. We can do this by showing how they broke a traffic law and caused the accident. Potential evidence may include:
- Police reports
- Evidence in their criminal case, if available
- Pictures or video related to the accident
- Physical evidence, including damage to the vehicles
- Eyewitness statements
- Accident reconstructions
- Expert testimony
- Medical records that prove your injuries
- Information about your prognosis and future needs
- Proof of your related losses and expenses
You can count on a Pascagoula driving while intoxicated lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm to gather the necessary evidence in your car accident case and pursue the payout you deserve based on that evidence. Call us today to speak with a member of our team.
Deadlines to Take Legal Action in a Pascagoula Drunk Driving Accident Case
Mississippi Code Ann. §15-1-49 sets the deadline for holding an intoxicated driver liable in a car accident at three years after the accident date. However, there are exceptions to this rule that may alter this deadline. You may also have less time than you think to take legal action, so you should take steps as soon as possible after your accident to protect your rights.
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Damages Available Through a Settlement or Suit
At the Morris Bart law firm, our Pascagoula driving while intoxicated lawyers may be able to recover compensation on your behalf in one of two ways:
- Filing an insurance claim with the at-fault driver’s automobile liability insurance carrier and negotiating a fair settlement agreement
- Filing a personal injury lawsuit and taking your Pascagoula car accident case to trial
Recoverable damages in either action may include:
- Current and future medical care and related expenses
- Lost wages and diminished earning ability if you cannot return to your previous job
- Property damages, including replacement or repair of your vehicle
- Pain and suffering and other non-economic losses
- Wrongful death damages
Discuss Your Case With a Pascagoula DWI Accident Lawyer Today
If you were the victim of a Pascagoula DWI accident and sustained injuries as a result, a car accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm might be able to help you secure a payout based on the facts of your accident case.
Call the Morris Bart law firm today at (228) 207-5266 for a free case review with a member of our Pascagoula team.
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