I was recently involved in a motorcycle wreck in Biloxi. I was a passenger on the back of the motorcycle and a car hit us from behind. We were both thrown from the bike and injured. Since I wasn’t the driver, I’m not sure if I can hire a personal injury attorney to help me. Is this something you can help with? Do I have to use the same attorney as my friend who was driving the motorcycle?
One of the most asked questions that we receive from someone that was injured in a wreck is “do I need a lawyer?” 99% of the time, my response is a resounding “YES!”
Automobile cases can get complicated and take up too much of your time, mostly when you just don’t feel good because of your injuries. The attorneys and staff here at Morris Bart are experts in handling your case from start to finish in a way that allows you to focus on the most important thing – getting better. Leave the rest up to us!
I would also say that a large number of car accident victims were NOT, in fact, drivers.
Passengers have just as much of a right to be compensated for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering as their drivers do. At
Morris Bart, LTD, we specialize in helping you with your case, and making sure that you receive the most attention regarding your injuries.
Finally, in circumstances that involve drivers and passengers, the question becomes one of a conflict of interest.
For guidance, we look to Rule 1.7 of the Mississippi Rules of Professional Conduct, which state that “a lawyer shall not represent a client if the representation of that client will be directly adverse to another client, unless the lawyer reasonably believes:
(1) the representation will not adversely affect the relationship with the other client; and
(2) each client has given knowing and informed consent after consultation.”
In other words, in circumstances in which your driver is not at fault, you may both have the same attorney if you so choose (though you are not required to).
At Morris Bart, LTD, we have experience in ethically handling delicate such matters in a way that best serves our client’s interests.