Experienced Motorcyle Accident Representation in Mississippi
Every year in Mississippi, there are numerous motorcycle crashes reported. Even worse, there are dozens of motorcyclist fatalities. When motorcycle accidents are not fatal, they are often classified as severe. This means the injured party requires emergency medical attention. It may mean they need one or more life-saving surgeries. Motorcycle crashes frequently leave victims with permanent impairments and disabilities. They may include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, scarring and disfigurement, and more.
Most motorcycle accidents are preventable. But negligence is a real problem, and it is responsible for most reported crashes in Mississippi. When someone causes an accident while you’re riding, we can help. Our trusted motorcycle accident lawyers will represent you and help you navigate the claims process. If you’re looking for a personal injury lawyer in Greenville or the rest of the Mississippi, you’ve come to the right place.
Types of Motorcycle Accidents
As stated above, nearly all motorcycle accidents are the result of a someone’s negligence. This negligence can vary significantly from accident to accident. But most crashes involve a driver who is either distracted, intoxicated, impaired, speeding, driving aggressively, using a cellphone, or otherwise failing to operate their vehicle in a safe manner. These actions can lead to accidents like:
- Left-hook collisions. In some cases, a vehicle that is making a left-hand turn fails to see a motorcyclist with the right-of-way. They run directly into the rider;
- Rear-end crashes, where the driver of a motor vehicle rear-ends a motorcycle;
- Side-swipe and lane change collisions. These occur when the driver of a motor vehicle fails to see a motorcyclist in the adjacent lane. They then cut them off causing a crash, or actually side-swiping them as they change lanes; and
- T-bone crashes. This is when a driver hits a motorcyclist who is proceeding through an intersection. They typically happen when the driver is speeding, running a red light, or otherwise breaking a traffic law.
Sometimes, the negligence of other parties, like a municipality causes the accident. Perhaps they fail to maintain a road, causing a motorcyclist to strike a pothole and suffer a crash. The manufacturer of a motorcycle may also cause the crash. For example, part defects could lead to an accident.
What to Do after a Motorcycle Crash in Mississippi
After a motorcycle crash, your number one priority should be seeking medical care. Medical care can be lifesaving. Seeking it sooner rather than later may improve your chances of making a full recovery. Early care also provides proof of injuries suffered as a direct result of your accident. This will be important when filing a claim.
In addition to seeking medical care, report the accident to the police. You should also provide a statement and request a copy of the police report.
You should also gather any evidence related to the crash that you can. Take photographs of your injuries and of the scene of the accident (if you are physically able to do so). Get witnesses’ statements and contact information on your own if possible.
Inform your insurance company of the accident as soon as possible. You want to initiate the claims process against the at-fault party quickly. This is also the time to contact a motorcycle accident lawyer in Greenville.
Who Pays for Damages After a Motorcycle Crash
Mississippi is an at-fault state, or a traditional tort liability state. This means that those who cause accidents and injuries to others are responsible for paying for injuries and other damages. If the motorcycle crash was the fault of the other driver, they are liable for all of your injuries and losses. They will usually pay for this through their liability insurance.
But what if you contributed to the accident or your injuries?
Mississippi has pure comparative fault laws in place. Sometimes parties may share fault in an accident. In other cases, you may be partially responsible for your injuries due to not wearing a helmet. You can collect damages even if you were 99 percent at fault for an accident. However, your percentage of fault reduces recoverable damages proportionally. For example, if you suffer $1 million in damages (medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, etc.) but you were 50 percent at fault, then your recoverable damages amount will be reduced by 50 percent, and you would only be eligible to recover $500,000. Mississippi code section 11-7-15 explains the law in full.
We Provide Quality Representation
It is easy to become confused by the details of a motorcycle accident. Establishing liability, claim value, and evaluating settlement offers can be difficult. When you hire the Harris Law Firm, you won’t have to worry. Our lawyers provide quality representation through every step of the process. We will help you maximize your compensation and ensure that you walk away with the settlement or judgment deserve.
This means that we investigate your claim, get in contact with witnesses, hire experts, organize documents related to your claim, and negotiate with insurance adjusters on your behalf. We also review all settlement offers and provide advice on what you should do. When we cannot reach an out of court settlement, we can represent you in filing a lawsuit and taking your case to court.
Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Have the Experience You Need
There is no doubt that a motorcycle accident can change your life. When you face injuries from a crash, our law firm will not back down when it comes to aggressively fighting for you. We have recovered millions of dollars on our clients’ behalf, and understand what goes into building a strong, winnable case.
If you are involved in a motorcycle crash, or if you lose a loved one in a motorcycle accident, please contact our motorcycle accident lawyer in Greenville for a free consultation. We will never charge you up front or hourly fees, and we don’t get paid unless your case is successful!
Please call us today at 877-714-4171 to schedule a free appointment to speak with one of our motorcycle accident attorneys and find out what we can do for you – we are available 24/7.