Mississippi Truck Accident Lawyers
Truck accidents are awful. If you survive them, you’re likely severely injured both physically and emotionally. It’s something you wouldn’t wish on anyone. We understand the pain you’re in. We want to help. Please call our Mississippi truck accident lawyers as soon as possible to set up a free consultation.
The difference between car and tractor trailer accidents can be big. Trucking companies, trucks, and their drivers are closely watched by the Department of Transportation so they are held to different standards in the event of an accident.
Truck drivers need special training and a special license to drive. They also train in how to load each type of truck they drive. A trucking firm can be found guilty if a driver does not follow federal and local rules.
Truckers and trucking companies must:
- Repair and inspect all trucks
- Hold a valid license and maintain good conduct
- Have safe brakes on the truck
- Rest between driving shifts
- Keep an updated log book
- Undergo routine alcohol and drug tests
- Carry dangerous goods safely
- Have valid insurance
If you have been involved in a semi-truck accident, you should immediately seek representation from the experienced Mississippi truck accident lawyers at Brad Morris Law Firm, PLLC. Our team can help you file a personal injury claim to seek justice and compensation for expenses and your distress.
The Ins & Outs of Truck Accidents
Truckers are held to high standards when it comes to driving. Any failure to follow strict rules and guidelines could hold them accountable for an accident.
Common causes of truck accidents include:
- Driver fatigue: Between driving long hours, loading and unloading heavy loads, and working overtime, truck drivers are often fatigued. Fatigue can not only affect the driver’s ability to drive but also to judge how well he is driving. Federal guidelines establish how much sleep a driver must get. If they fall behind in a schedule, they should not make it up by driving while sleepy or by taking medications to keep from sleeping.
- Driving under the influence (DUI): Driving while under the effects of alcohol, drugs, or other substances is against the law.
- Bad weather: Poor weather – such as rain, fog, or even snow – may cause truck accidents. Big truck drivers may not see motorcyclists, cars, or pedestrians. In such cases, it may be hard to know who may be at fault for an accident, or if anyone was at fault at all. In times of bad weather, it is very important to be cautious and be aware of other drivers.
- Reckless driving: Truckers are expected to follow the rules just like any other driver. A truck driver may be found to be driving recklessly if they are texting while driving, following too closely, not using their mirrors, braking improperly, changing lanes quickly, or failing to use their turn signal.
- Jackknifing: One of the biggest causes of commercial truck accidents are braking problems that cause a big truck to jackknife. This problem usually occurs because the driver stomps the brakes while the truck is going at a high speed – this causes the entire truck, along with the trailers, to skid. If the truck and trailer skid long enough, the trailer will in all likelihood jackknife. Jackknifing can cause extreme destruction and loss of life.
Truck Accident Injuries
Because many trucks – even smaller delivery vehicles like UPS or FedEx trucks – are so much larger than the average car, truck accidents can be particularly devastating.
Common injuries resulting from truck accidents include:
- Brain injuries
- Head trauma
- Spinal cord and neck injuries
- Loss of arms or legs
- Bad scars
- Broken bones
Victims of trucking accidents may need help financial assistance for medical bills and future medical care and to make up for lost income and damaged property. Our Mississippi truck accident attorneys can evaluate your case and determine the next step to get you relief for your losses due to a trucking accident.
How These Claims Work
When you bring a claim, there are four parties that are typically involved. You (the plaintiff), the liable party, the liable party’s insurance company, and your Mississippi truck accident lawyer.
You can bring the claim against the person who caused the accident. This can be hard to pin down, and we will get into why that is later. The liable party’s insurance company will be responsible for compensating you for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Emotional damages (pain and suffering)
- Lost earnings from time missed at work
These are the basics of a truck accident claim.
Determining If You Have a Claim
The easiest way to know for sure if you have a claim is to talk to a Mississippi truck accident lawyer. They will be able to go over the details of your case during a free consultation. But there are questions that you can ask yourself right now to see if you have a claim:
- Were you in an accident involving a truck?
- Are you severely injured?
- Are you now within three years from the date of the accident?
- Do you think the truck driver caused the accident?
The first question is pretty straight forward. A truck accident claim obviously involves a truck, or else it would be a different type of vehicle accident. Make sure when you’re hiring your lawyer that they have experience specifically handling truck accident claims.
The next factor that determines if you have a claim is based on the damages that it caused. If someone’s car was scraped by a truck pulling in a parking lot, you likely don’t have a truck accident claim. If, however, you were on the highway when a truck swerved into your lane causing your car to flip, that’s a different story.
We want you to determine if your accident happened within the last three years because of the Mississippi statute of limitations. You are permitted to bring a case only within three years after the date of the accident. We suggest you talk to a Mississippi truck accident lawyer as soon as you can. These cases are time sensitive.
The fault of the truck driver is tricky. It can go beyond who did what wrong…
As mentioned above, truck accidents are complicated. With a car accident, for example, it is easier to say that one person was speeding or ran a red and caused an accident. A truck accident can have many causes.
It can be down to a simple error from the truck driver. Maybe they were falling asleep at the wheel. Truck drivers do have to work a ton of hours. It might also fall on their employers for pressuring them into working so much.
It also could have been caused by the people who loaded the truck or manufactured the truck. If the truck malfunctions, then it could cause serious damage to the driver and anyone around them. These are all things your experience Mississippi truck accident lawyers can determine through investigation.
A Mississippi truck accident lawyer will be able to investigate in ways you may not be able to. Trucks have black boxes on them that provide a ton of information. They tells us when and where the truck has been, how many hours the driver clocked in, the weight and speed the truck was going at, and so on. This is why it’s so important for you to hire a lawyer as quickly as you can. This black box information can disappear. We don’t want precious information that could be used to help you to disappear.
Mississippi follows the laws of pure comparative negligence when compensating victims of truck accidents. The way pure comparative negligence works is as follows:
- If you are 100% at fault, you will not get any compensation of any amount.
- If you are partially at fault, you will receive a compensation award that is reduced by the percent you’re found at fault for.
- Example: Sam was found to be 30% at fault. As a result, the compensation award was reduced by 30% to account for the fault Sam had.
- If you are 0% at fault, you are going to receive a full compensation award.
Any questions you have about this can be answered by our Mississippi truck accident lawyers.
Call Our Mississippi Truck Accident Lawyers Today
At Brad Morris Law Firm, PLLC, we take the time to properly research your case and assess the situation from every angle. We go far beyond the bare minimum and take advantage of our many resources – industry experts, focus groups, and powerful databases to name a few – to ensure that our case is built to withstand the opposition’s case. We do not cut corners, instead diligently and meticulously analyzing every aspect of the case to reach a favorable outcome.
We understand that you are likely struggling with physical injuries, financial burdens, and even emotional wounds. Our Oxford truck accident attorneys take your case seriously and make themselves available to you 24/7 to address any questions or concerns you may have.
If you need a reliable Mississippi truck accident lawyer to guide you through this difficult time, please call us. We want to help you get the results you deserve. Set up a free consultation with us today to get started.