Part of the Gulfport-Biloxi metropolitan area, Pass Christian, Mississippi frequently sees large trucks come in and out of town to deliver goods. This places high traffic between locals, tourists, and commercial drivers on the single highway running through the area.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident caused by a truck driver, you might be eligible to file a personal injury claim and pursue compensation. Hire a Pass Christian truck accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm to represent you and lead your case through the litigation process. To get started, call the Morris Bart law office at (228) 357-9621 for a free case evaluation.
A Lawyer Can Help You Fight for Compensation After a Truck Accident
When building your case, we can discuss the damages you have experienced since the truck accident. An attorney can then assign a value to your total damages, which we will use as a goal when pursuing compensation from the liable party or parties. If there is more than one party, we may be able to compel more than one of them to compensate you for damages.
In general, you may be able to pursue compensation for the following types of damages:
- Pain and suffering
- Income loss related to your injuries
- Medical expenses related to your injuries, including mileage costs for traveling to appointments or procedures
- Property damage, which can include the cost of repairs or the value of your property if it was destroyed in the accident
Your Pass Christian truck accident lawyer will review the legal literature in the Mississippi Code to assess whether there might be other damages you can claim.
For a free legal consultation with a Truck Accident lawyer serving Pass Christian, call 800-537-8185
You Have a Limited Amount of Time to File Your Truck Accident Lawsuit
According to Mississippi Code §15-1-49, plaintiffs generally have only three years to pursue compensation from a negligent party. This timeline begins on the day of injury or cause of action, such as a truck collision.
Your lawyer can review the crash report from the truck accident to determine this deadline and notify you as it gets closer. You do not want to wait until the last minute to file your lawsuit, as doing so may put your chances of pursuing compensation at risk. Should you fail to submit your case on time, a judge may dismiss it, preventing you from recovering your losses.
Truck Accidents on I-90 Can Involve Multiple Liable Parties
When investigating a truck driver for liability in a collision case, we might discover that other parties are vicariously liable or contributed to the accident in some way. Truck drivers may put their trucking company in a liable position since employers are responsible for the conduct of their employees.
Other factors might also make the truck driver’s employer liable, such as:
- Whether the trucking company pressured its employees to disregard federal hour-of-service regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
- Whether the company did a background check on the truck driver before hiring them
- Whether the company regularly maintained and repaired its trucks
Other parties may also have affected the truck’s conditions before it got into an accident. Examples include the truck’s maintenance company or manufacturer. If the accident was caused by a defective part or inadequate maintenance, the party responsible for the truck’s condition may also be held liable.
In other cases, truck accidents might involve more than one vehicle, like in multi-car pileups. If a third-party driver is involved in your case, our legal team could investigate to see if they were the owner of their vehicle. We may also consider whether the driver rented their vehicle and if they purchased insurance from the rental company.
If the third-party driver was underage, we might investigate whether the vehicle is in their parents’ name. Note that you might still be able to get compensation even if your case involves an uninsured or underinsured motorist.
Alternate Insurance Policies
The Mississippi Insurance Department (MID) provides information to injured parties about alternative insurance policies that may cover these types of accidents. A Morris Bart attorney can discuss this in more detail with you during your free consultation.
It is important to provide as much information as you can when calling our law firm so that we can evaluate your case thoroughly and determine where you stand. If you decide to work with one of our attorneys, we can discuss what other parties to consider and advise you on how to move forward.
Hire a Pass Christian Truck Accident Lawyer from Morris Bart, LTD
If you or someone you care about was injured in a truck accident in the Pass Christian area, an attorney at the Morris Bart law firm would be happy to review your case. We can help you understand the litigation process better and determine whether you would like to file an insurance claim or lawsuit. Call today for a free review of your case at (228) 357-9621.
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