If a drunk driver was involved in your traffic accident, you can gather evidence and file a claim to seek damages. A Pass Christian accident attorney from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help you recover compensation for your damages and hold the negligent drunk driver responsible.
At the Morris Bart law firm, we have team members who are available to speak with you about your case for free. We will evaluate your options and seek to provide answers to the questions you have about your rights and the legal process. Call (228) 357-9621 to speak to someone at our Gulfport office today.
Seeking Damages Through a Claim or Civil Lawsuit in Mississippi
Most Pass Christian car accident cases we handle do not require us to file a lawsuit and take the case to trial. Instead, we may be able to file a claim based on the drunk driver’s liability car insurance policy and request the insurer pays for our client’s damages.
This type of negotiated settlement gives us greater involvement in the request for compensation and allows us to fight for the financial recovery that our attorney believes is fair and just.
Calculating the Damages
We total the costs related to their current and future medical treatment, lost wages, out-of-pocket costs, property damages, and other economic losses. Then, we attempt to put a fair and just price on any intangible damages, such as lost quality of life, emotional pain, and physical suffering.
We use this total to inform the requested financial recovery that our attorneys believe fairly compensates our clients, covering their collision expenses and losses.
If your family member died as a result of their accident injuries in Mississippi, you may be able to pursue wrongful death damages under Miss. Code Ann. §11-7-13. Only immediate family members may qualify to recover these damages in most circumstances.
Filing a Lawsuit
Occasionally, the insurance company may refuse to accept responsibility, claiming the victim is responsible for some or all of the accident. They may also refuse to settle the case according to what our attorneys believe is just and fair. When this occurs, you may decide to pursue a lawsuit in civil court.
If a client’s case requires us to prepare a civil trial and file a lawsuit, we are limited in how long we can wait to do so by Miss. Code Ann. §15-1-49. This statute gives us three years from the day of the accident to begin the process by filing legal paperwork in the appropriate civil court.
For a free legal consultation with a Driving While Intoxicated Accident lawyer serving Pass Christian, call 800-537-8185
Why Should You Hire an Attorney?
A Pass Christian lawyer from Morris Bart may be able to represent you in your traffic accident case. We represent victims who suffered injuries in collisions caused by a negligent driver, including drunk or drugged motorists who decided to drive after using these substances.
We work with accident reconstruction experts and others who help us document what led to and caused a collision, as well as other factors that played a role. Proving negligence and liability allows us to develop a strong argument for financial recovery based on the value of our client’s damages.
Proving Fault in a DWI Accident
Cases that may recover compensation for the victim are based on personal injury law in the Mississippi Civil Code. This law does not require our attorneys to prove the driver was guilty of driving while intoxicated or even that they had been drinking or using drugs. Instead, attorneys are only required to prove the driver acted carelessly or negligently and link this behavior to the accident.
For example, imagine alcohol impaired the driver’s decision-making ability and they failed to check the adjacent lane before changing lanes. If this move caused an injury, our attorneys only need to show the at-fault party failed to ensure the lane was clear and that this led to the accident.
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A Pass Christian accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help you recover compensation and hold negligent drunk drivers accountable. We may be able to help you prove your current and future damages and seek compensation to cover them. You can speak with an attorney from the Morris Bart law firm’s Gulfport office location by calling (228) 357-9621 now.
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