Helping You Understand Mississippi Motorcycle Liability
A seasoned team of injury lawyers guides you
After sustaining injury in a motorcycle accident, it is important to speak with an attorney right away. Initial consultations are free, and you have a right to consult with a lawyer about taking legal action. However, for some, the law is intimidating. Because we at Corban Gunn Van Cleave Law Firm understand that some people feel uncomfortable talking with an attorney, we provide you with personalized guidance at every stage of your case. In addition to having served Biloxi, Gulfport and the state of Mississippi for more than 90 years, our firm is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™ by Martindale-Hubbell®.
Understanding litigation basics
The majority of personal injury cases are resolved through out-of-court negotiations. However, every case is different, and depending on the circumstances of your situation, litigation may be required. At Corban Gunn Van Cleave Law Firm, our personal injury lawyers prepare every case as if it were going to trial. Some of the basic steps involved in litigating a motorcycle accident claim include:
- The complaint — First, you must file a complaint against the defendant. Your claim must contain your full name, the name of the defendant, and the damages you are seeking. The defendant usually has 20 days to respond, request a motion to dismiss or file a counterclaim.
- Discovery — Next comes the discovery phase. Discovery is the process of gathering evidence to support your case. In your motorcycle accident case, integral evidence may include VIN numbers, proof of defects or maintenance issues, reported speeds both vehicles were traveling, statements from eyewitnesses, road damage, traffic reports, weather reports, and information about the motorcycle rider and other drivers involved.
- Resolution — At any time, your case may be settled if you and the defendant agree on a fair settlement offer. If, however, your case cannot be resolved through settlement negotiations, it proceeds to trial, where both sides present evidence, and a judge or jury determines the outcome.
Your motorcycle accident case likely depends on whether you can prove the defendant acted negligently. However, establishing negligence can sometimes be difficult, especially when multiple parties are involved. To prove the defendant acted negligently you must show that the person owed you a duty and breached that duty. You must also prove that the breach of duty caused your accident and that you suffered actual harm.
Choose a Mississippi legal team focused on getting you rightful compensation
Corban Gunn Van Cleave Law Firm routinely and skillfully resolves motorcycle accident cases through settlement negotiations and litigation. To schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case with an experienced attorney, call 228.273.4455 or contact us online. We serve Gulfport and all of Mississippi from our office in Biloxi.