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Mississippi Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney

Any accident involving motor vehicles is subject to application of particular laws in the state of Mississippi and elsewhere. Rules of the road are an important consideration when determining who is liable — that is, who was negligent, caused a crash and is responsible to pay for injuries. If you have suffered injuries in a motor vehicle accident, speak with our Mississippi motor vehicle attorneys at (228) 872-8752.

When it comes to obtaining compensation for the injured, experienced, proven effective representation is critical. At Haug, Farrar & Franco, PLLC, we bring years of experience to the table when advocating for people who have suffered injuries in:

Our clients come from Ocean Springs, Gulfport, Biloxi, Pascagoula and other communities in Mississippi.

Proving Negligence in a Car Accident Claim

When making a personal injury after a car accident, it is important to prove that the other driver was responsible for your losses. This involves proving four primary elements:

Duty of Care: The first element you will need to prove is that the other driver owed you a duty of care. In other words, they had a responsibility to drive safely and not put you in danger. All drivers have a duty of care to obey the rules of the road and drive safely.

Breach of Duty: To bring a successful personal injury claim, it is necessary to show that the other driver breached their legal responsibility to drive safely and thus caused an accident. Common examples of such breaches include speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or running a red light.

Causation: Next, you need to show is that the breach of duty caused your injuries. In other words, if the other driver hadn’t breached their duty of care, you wouldn’t have been injured. In the car accident example, if the other driver hadn’t run a red light, they wouldn’t have hit you and caused you to suffer injuries.

Damages: The final element is demonstrating that the accident caused damages. These damages may include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. This can be proven through medical records and expert testimony.

A Detailed Investigation Is The Key

Initial consultations with our attorneys are free. Once you decide to work with us, we are ready to hit the ground running with your investigation. We will gather and analyze:

  • Police reports
  • Accident reconstruction reports
  • Eyewitness testimonies
  • Medical reports
  • Family members’ statements
  • And other evidence verifying liability, injuries and losses

Compensation You Can Receive After a Car Accident

If you’ve been in an accident, you’re likely wondering what type of compensation you may be eligible to receive. The following are the most likely types of compensation you will receive: 

Economic Damages 

One type of damages that you may be able to recover after an accident is economic damages, which can include lost wages, lost earning capacity, medical expenses, property damage, and other out-of-pocket expenses related directly to the accident. Economic damages are meant to compensate for actual losses due to the accident and can help cover costs associated with medical treatment or repairing damaged property. 

Non-Economic Damages 

In addition to economic damages, non-economic damages may also be available depending on the circumstances of your case. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering from physical injuries as well as mental anguish due to emotional trauma caused by the incident. 

It is not always easy to calculate the full extent of damages non-economic for an accident, as they are much more subjective than others. However, they can have a significant impact on victims, so it’s important to take these into account.

Punitive Damages 

Punitive damages may also be available in some car accident cases. Punitive damages are meant to punish wrongdoers for their behavior and deter them from engaging in similar actions in the future. These types of damages require clear and convincing evidence that the defendant’s behavior was willful, wanton, or with reckless disregard for the safety of others. 

For example, if the defendant was driving under the influence and caused severe injuries in the accident, punitive damages could be awarded. Other instances of particularly reckless driving, like excessive speeding, could lead to an award of punitive damages as well.

Request A Free Consultation With An Attorney

Discuss your motor vehicle accident with an experienced, dedicated lawyer. Learn how we can help you pursue maximum available compensation for medical expenses, lost wage replacement and acknowledgement of your pain and suffering.

Contact Haug, Farrar & Franco, PLLC today to speak with one of our Mississippi motor vehicle accident lawyers.