If you were in a truck or tractor trailer accident in Mississippi, call Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys for a free consultation
Mississippi leads the country in motor-vehicle deaths per capita with 26.27 accident-related deaths for every 100,000 residents, which is nearly double the national average and which makes Mississippi America’s deadliest state to operate a motor-vehicle according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many of the hundreds of deadly accidents involve large commercial trucks, whose massive sizes, weights, and cargo loads amplify the damage, injuries, and deaths.
If you or a loved one suffered an accident involving a commercial semi-truck in Mississippi, contact an experienced truck accident lawyer at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys today. For over sixty years, our award-winning attorneys have been fighting to win big settlements for truck accident victims. We recently negotiated a $26 million settlement for our client who suffered serious injuries from a collision involving a tractor-trailer. To learn more about how we can help you get the justice you deserve, call us today.
Litigating a Truck Accident Claim in Mississippi is Complicated and Expensive
At Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys, we understand the incredible amount of time and resources required to fight the trucking industry and insurance companies and win. That’s why our lawyers, paralegals, and support staff are dedicated to learning the science, law, and negotiation and trial skills that you will need to recover the award you are entitled to.
Our Truck Accident Team is prepared to help you with the following:
- Identifying the Best Claims to Bring in Order to Maximize Your Chance of Winning Big, including personal injury, property damage, or wrongful death claims
- Determining the Available and Optimal Venues to Fight Your Case by evaluating which state and federal courts are able to hear your claims
- Investigating and Selecting the Potential Defendants to Your Lawsuit, which could include the truck driver, trucking company, truck owner, seller, broker, parent company, another driver, or an insurance company
- Filing Your Lawsuit to ensure that it complies with all legal requirements that the jurisdiction mandates
- Obtaining the Evidence You Need such as hospital records, truck log reports, insurance statements, and other documents
- Litigating Motions in Court in order to overcome defendants’ motions to dismiss the case or issue summary judgment in favor the trucking company and driver
- Interviewing, Selecting, and Preparing Experts, Reconstructionists, and Witnesses to ensure that a jury will understand why you deserve a winning verdict and award
- Negotiating a Favorable Settlement without compromising your interests
- Trying Your Case before a Judge or Jury and winning!
Mississippi Truck Accidents FAQ
How Can I Recover for the Costs of My Semi-Truck Crash Injuries and/or Property Damage?
Under Mississippi’s “at fault system,” there are three ways to recover for the costs caused by a catastrophic car accident.
- First, you can file a claim with your auto insurance
- Second, you can file a claim with the truck driver’s insurance
- And third, you can file a lawsuit against a party or multiple parties responsible for the accident.
Which option you can and should choose will depend on a number of factors specific to your accident such as what caused the accident, where the truck crash occurred, who was involved in the collision, and how much insurance each party carries. To discuss the specifics of your case, contact us today!
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit to Recover for Damages from a Catastrophic Truck Accident?
Under Mississippi law, your lawsuit for personal injury, wrongful death, or property damage must be filed within three years of the date that the truck crash occurred.
How Long Before I Collect My Award?
Some truck accident claims are resolved quickly before a lawsuit is ever filed. Others take years to resolve. While it is not possible to predict exactly how long your case will take and when you will be paid by the defendant trucking or insurance companies, it may be helpful to understand the various phases of litigation and get an estimate of how long each stage typically lasts.
Choosing a Lawyer to Represent You.
Typically Lasts: Days. To avoid the expiration of a statute of limitations and to maximize your chances of getting all of the evidence you need to win your case, you should choose an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as you possibly can after your tractor-trailer collision.
Researching Claims and Obtaining Records
Typically Lasts: Weeks to Months. Your lawyer will investigate and begin to build your lawsuit by gathering as much information about your accident and injuries.
Asserting an Initial Demand and Negotiating a Settlement
Typically Lasts: Weeks to Months. Most personal injury claims settle and depending on your injuries, the evidence that the truck driver caused your collision, and the defendants’ willingness to settle the case, your lawyer may be able to quickly negotiate a favorable settlement before a lawsuit is ever filed.
Filing the Complaint to Formally Initiate a Lawsuit
Typically Lasts: Depends on the Statute of Limitations. The statute of limitations dictates when a lawsuit must be filed, though complaints are often filed well in advance of these dates.
Typically Lasts: Months or Sometimes Years for Especially Complicated Cases. The discovery phase is the part of the litigation process where plaintiffs and defendants gather information that can be used as evidence.
Second Attempt at Settlement Negotiations
Typically Lasts: Weeks to Months. Towards the end of the discovery phase, parties have much more information about the case and therefore they usually resume settlement negotiations.
Jury or Bench Trial
Typically Lasts: Days to Weeks, Depending on the Case. Less than 5% of civil cases that go to trial, but a jury or bench trial is more likely for complex personal injury lawsuits.
Recovering Your Award
Typically Lasts: Months to Years. Even after a jury awards a plaintiff monetary compensation, they may be delayed in collecting a judgment if the defendant files post-verdict motions, appeals the verdict or award, or pursues an indemnification action against an insurance company.
If You Are the Victim of a Serious Truck Accident, Call a Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys Truck Accident Attorney Today
Our Truck Accident Team at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys has spent more than half of a century fighting to win for victims of catastrophic commercial truck collisions. Our award-winning truck litigators win big and win often for our clients. To learn about the award you may be entitled to, contact a Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys attorney today.