Truck Accident Lawyers
Truck accidents often entail greater risk of catastrophic injuries and death than normal motor vehicle accidents. Individuals can sustain more devastating injuries in due to the larger size and weight disparities between vehicles.
These injuries can lead to expensive medical bills and dramatically life-altering consequences. Fortunately, NST Law’s compassionate team of personal injury lawyers can help you rectify some of these consequences and receive the compensation you deserve.
We help our clients fight for their legal rights in all types of truck accident cases. Whether you suffered from catastrophic injuries or less severe ones, we can help you receive a fair settlement offer from the insurance company, the negligent truck driver, the truck driver’s employer, or any other liable party. Contact us today to better understand your legal rights and how we can help you.
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How common are truck accidents in Jonesboro, AR?
Unfortunately, little published information exists regarding truck accidents in Jonesboro, AR, specifically. However, 2014 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration paints a clearer picture of truck accidents in Arkansas as a whole:
- In 2014, 668 vehicles in Arkansas were involved in fatal crashes, 75 of which involved large trucks.
- 11.2% of all vehicle crashes in Arkansas were truck-related, and they accounted for 2% of all national fatal truck crashes.
Recent Jonesboro Truck Accidents
On December 17th, 2020, the driver of a car died while trying to pass a truck when a side collision occurred. The car driver lost control of his vehicle on Interstate 555 in Marked Tree, dying at the accident scene. However, the passenger in the car survived but sustained severe injuries.
On January 27th, 2021, an 18-wheeler crashed into a car at East Highland Drive and Commerce Drive. Emergency medics airlifted the driver of the car to a Memphis hospital. The 18-wheeler was driving on East Highland Drive attempting to merge when the trucker failed to yield the right of way to the car driver traveling east on Highland.
On May 23rd, 2021, a collision involving a Chevy Silverado and a tractor-trailer truck left one driver injured and another dead. A minor was driving the Chevy Silverado southbound when he crossed the center turn lane into the northbound lane. The tractor-trailer driver struck the car head-on, causing both vehicles to burst into flames.
On July 25th, 2021, a Jonesboro fire truck was involved in an accident at the intersection of Parker Road and Southwest Drive. Witnesses recall that a car hit the truck while the truck was driving through the intersection. You can see the car’s damage in the image below:
On August 4th, 2021, a tractor-trailer crash left a woman dead and a man injured. The crash happened on U.S. Highway 65 in the town of Winchester. The preliminary crash report states that the car was driving west on State Highway 138 and failed to yield at a stop sign. The car driver struck the right side of the tractor-trailer as the truck traveled southbound.
Do Jonesboro's roads and highways have a trucking problem?
The main highways that run through Jonesboro are Interstate 555, Highway 18, Interstate 49, and Highway 1. Although there is no explicit trucking problem documented along these highways, construction on Interstate 555 makes conditions less than ideal.
Interstate 555 has been under construction for over a year, with newly paved roads rough, bumpy, and containing huge dips.
Highway 18 recently completed construction in late 2020, where multiple lanes were widened and added.
The construction flaws on Interstate 555 have incited disapproval from the community. To be considered safe, many believe the city needs to redo the job.
What causes truck accidents in Jonesboro?
Like every car accident, the nature and causes of truck accidents are unique to each varying situation. However, the most common causes of truck accidents in Jonesboro include:
- Mechanical failures
- Driving while fatigued
- Driving under the influence
- Distracted driving
- Inexperienced driving
- Improper loading
- Overweight trucks
- Poor weather conditions
- Maintenance issues
Anyone can encounter these truck accident risks, whether they’re an experienced or inexperienced driver. It just takes one poor judgment call (speeding, tailgating, improper lane changing) to lead to a devastating truck accident.
Common Types of Truck Accidents
Common types of truck wrecks typically fall into one of the following categories:
- Jackknife accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Wide turn accidents
- Blind spots
- Rear-end accidents
- Override accidents
These types of accidents can happen to all kinds of trucks, including tractor-trailer accidents, semi-truck accidents, large commercial trucks, and often involve commercial truck drivers.
What injuries result from truck accidents?
Truck accidents may cause minor or severe injuries, injuries which can be fatal in some cases. The following injuries can result from a truck accident:
- Head trauma
- Hearing loss
- Brain injury
- Impaired vision
- Chronic migraines
- Broken bones
- Skull fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
If a crash involves a truck transporting hazardous materials, you could also risk suffering irritation, burning, or poisoning injuries.
Contact our qualified truck accident attorneys to understand how our legal services can help with your recovery process. We have years of experience helping Jonesboro residents and injured victims receive the compensation they deserve after serious truck accidents.
Who can be sued in a truck accident?
In a truck accident case, one can sue anyone linked to negligence that caused the crash. This includes, but is not limited to, the following parties:
- A government entity, if the cause is related to poor road conditions
- Anyone who worked on the truck, if the reason links back to botched maintenance
- The driver, if the cause is a direct result of their error
- The driver’s employer, if they have violated any state or federal laws that may have influenced the accident
- The truck’s manufacturer, if the cause stems from faulty parts
- The shipper, if the reason links back to the transportation of hazardous materials
How can I prove that the driver was negligent after a truck accident?
Arkansas state trucking laws operate under the theories of “comparative” or “contributory” negligence. This means that, even if one party (i.e., the truck driver) is primarily at fault for the accident, others that contributed to the accident may be found partially liable.
Contribution of negligence includes proving that an individual acted, or did not act, in a way that a reasonable person would. For example, suppose a reasonable person would not speed while driving and speeding caused a truck accident that injured others. In this case, a court may find the driver who sped negligent in this matter.
What is the burden of proof in a trucking case?
The standard in Arkansas is that the burden of proof falls on the plaintiff (or injured party) to prove negligence on the part of the opposing party.
How much is my truck accident claim worth?
An individual’s truck accident claim depends on various factors—including any property damage or injuries incurred. Every claim is different, and NST Law can help determine a claim’s worth. We at NST Law will fight for proper compensation for our clients every time.
Arkansas Laws and Federal Laws Relating to Truck Drivers
Under federal law, specifically Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, truck drivers may obtain one license in their home state after completing pertinent knowledge and aptitude tests. If transporting hazardous materials, drivers may be required to pass additional examinations.
Drivers are also required to log their time spent. Every two years, drivers must complete physical training to prove they can meet the job demands they are attempting.
Other restrictions include limiting the amount of alcohol consumed within a specific time frame before driving. The state of Arkansas implements regulations on the size of trucks driven, but no additional rules regarding the drivers of those trucks.
Do truck drivers have minimum liability insurance coverage?
Federal law requires truck drivers to have minimum liability insurance coverage based on the type of cargo they are transporting. Here is the minimum limits based on the various types of cargo.
Since Arkansas is an at-fault state, meaning that the fiscal responsibility after an accident lies primarily on the party at fault for the accident, the state law requires additional insurance requirements. Every driver in Arkansas must purchase auto insurance coverage up to a certain amount but may add to this coverage for limits higher than the minimums.
Drivers must also file Arkansas’s Motor Vehicle Accident Report (SR-1) if there is more than $1,000 in property damage incurred, injury, or death to anyone involved in the crash.
How can the Jonesboro Truck Accident Attorneys at NST Law help me?
The Jonesboro truck accident attorneys at NST Law can help individuals involved in a trucking accident by filing claims against the liable party for damages incurred.
We understand how frustrating the aftermath of a truck accident may be, particularly after property damage, injury, or death. Although there are many variables involved in a trucking accident, NST Law is here to help you make these complex legal processes as stress-free as possible. Contact our legal team for a free case evaluation.