If you were hurt in a Waveland traffic accident caused by a careless truck driver, you could likely build a case for compensation against the driver and their employer. This case could allow you to recover compensation to pay for the treatment of your injuries, cover your lost income, and more. A Waveland truck accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help.
You can talk with a team member from the Morris Bart law firm’s Gulfport office today by calling (228) 357-9621. Our offices provide complimentary case reviews to determine your options. We can help you understand your next steps. Contact us today to get started.
Assigning Liability After a Waveland Truck Accident
One of the keys to seeking compensation in a Waveland, Mississippi, commercial vehicle collision is identifying the liable parties and building a case to prove they are responsible for your injuries. This case requires:
- Determining the cause of the accident
- Identifying the at-fault driver, such as the truck driver
- Learning the employer of the truck driver
- Confirming the truck driver’s employer meets the standards for vicarious liability
Proving the truck driver caused the accident is similar to other types of traffic accidents, including determining what led to the crash and what traffic laws or trucking regulations were violated. However, a legal doctrine known as respondeat superior may apply when it comes to proving vicarious liability. This will require you to prove that the truck driver was an employee of the company and was handling job-related duties at the time of the collision.
A trucking company may also be liable because of negligent hiring or negligent retention. This is possible if you can prove the driver had a history of bad behavior and that the company should not have hired them or retained them on staff as a result.
For a free legal consultation with a Truck Accident lawyer serving Waveland, call (228) 357-9621
Securing Damages Based on Waveland Truck Collision Damages
Holding the truck driver and trucking company accountable occurs through an insurance claim or civil suit and a fair payout based on the damages the accident victim suffered. Our team calculates what a fair settlement will look like for our clients based on the damages they endured because of the collision and their injuries. These damages may include:
Treatment for injuries, ongoing care, future medical needs, out-of-pocket costs, and other expenses can add up quickly in the wake of a truck accident in Waveland. Documented, accident-related expenses are generally recoverable.
In addition to expenses, financial losses are common following a serious injury accident. Missing work results in loss of income and benefits, comprising most of the financial losses for many accident victims.
Intangible or non-economic, damages center primarily on the pain and suffering the victim endured. There are also other recoverable non-economic damages, though.
Wrongful death cases may also be possible under certain circumstances. Per Mississippi Code Annotated §11-7-13, some surviving family members can recover compensation if their loved one dies in a truck accident. This may include their widow, children, parents, or siblings. Speak to our team to learn more about your Waveland truck accident wrongful death case.
Morris Bart, LTD Builds Truck Accident Cases for Waveland Collision Victims
When we represent an accident victim, a Waveland truck accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm will seek damages for our client based on their truck accident injuries and losses. We gather evidence to link the accident to the driver’s behavior and confirm vicarious liability or prove negligence in hiring or retention.
Then, we move forward with the claims process. We represent our client’s best interests throughout, including managing all communications, protecting their rights to seek a payout, and more. We handle this process from start to finish for our clients, letting them focus on healing physically and getting their lives back as much as possible.
The Morris Bart law office in Gulfport is one of 15 offices providing services for all areas of Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and Arkansas. We are a contingency-fee firm. You can reach our Gulfport team now by dialing (228) 357-9621.
Time Limits on Taking Your Truck Accident Case to Trial
It is often possible to sign an out-of-court settlement when there is strong evidence to support a payout in a truck accident case. We present the case we built to the insurance companies and demand a fair and just payout, and they negotiate with us to compensate our clients for their damages.
However, we sometimes need to file a civil action in court to seek damages and hold the truck driver and employer liable. Under Mississippi Code Annotated §15-1-49, we have three years to do so. This countdown begins the day of your accident.
Whether we need to file a lawsuit for our client or not, we need to secure the evidence in the case as soon as we can. The trucking company will have a lot of the evidence in their possession, and it requires quick action to preserve it and ensure we gain access as a part of our investigation. For this reason, we ask victims to contact us right away following their accident or as soon as possible.
Speak with a Team Member About Your Waveland Accident for Free
A Waveland truck accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help you seek financial recovery following a commercial vehicle collision in Waveland. Our team members will explain the services available from our contingency-fee firm based on the details of your truck accident case. You can reach the Morris Bart law firm now at (228) 357-9621.
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