Little Rock Jackknife Accidents
Tractor-Trailer Crash Lawyers Fighting for Victims Hurt in Little Rock
Slick roads, improper braking, and not paying attention to one’s attached trailer can be contributing factors when it comes to a truck driver causing a jackknife collision. This type of collision refers to when a commercial truck’s cab and attached trailer form an L-shape due to both of them moving in different directions. Jackknifing can usually be prevented when a truck driver exercises ordinary care, and it is important that care is exercised because a jackknife collision usually involves several vehicles, spans multiple lanes of traffic, and leaves its victims with significant injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a jackknife accident, you should contact the Little Rock truck accident attorneys of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz to discuss your case today. With over 30 lawyers and more than 120 staff members, we are a large regional personal injury law firm that has been dedicated to serving trucking collision victims in Little Rock and throughout the South for over 30 years.
Establishing Liability in Arkansas Trucking Accident Cases
To illustrate a jackknife collision, let us say that on a rainy day you are driving along Interstate 630 in Pulaski County near War Memorial Stadium, which is located at 1 Stadium Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205. The truck driver in the lane next to you appears to dozing off at the wheel. Unbeknownst to you, the truck driver adjacent to you is fatigued due to a lack of sleep, so he does not notice when brakes but his attached trailer starts moving in another direction due to the wet road condition. As a result, the truck collides with your vehicle, causing you to sustain severe injuries. Jackknife accidents can occur at any speed, low or high.
Establishing the negligence of the truck driver is what you must do in order to recover damages for your injuries and losses. This can be done by showing that the truck driver owed you a duty of reasonable care and breached said duty, resulting in you suffering injuries. In addition to the truck driver, you may be able to hold the truck driver’s employer liable as well. However, large trucking companies tend to be very reluctant to concede liability, so you should consider retaining an experienced car accident attorney in the Little Rock area to assist you in proving liability.
A lawyer can inform you of the theories of liability that may be applicable to your case. One such theory is negligent training. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires interstate trucking companies to properly train their drivers and make sure they know how to safely operate an 18-wheeler. Drivers must be trained in steps to take to avoid jackknifing, common situations in which jackknifing occurs, and information regarding the truck’s axle brakes.
Once liability has been proven, the focus can shift to damages. Your injuries and losses affect the damages you may be awarded. For example, economic damages are awarded for monetary losses that stem from an accident; monetary losses include past and future medical bills, lost wages, and lost earning capacity. On the other hand, non-economic damages are awarded for intangible losses, including loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, and disfigurement. Factors relevant in assessing non-economic damages include the extent of your medical treatment, hobbies, and how the wreck affected your life on a day-to-day basis.
Explore Your Options with a Big Rig Wreck Attorney
Jackknife accidents can leave you and your loved ones with horrific injuries that may put your family in a precarious financial situation. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our Little Rock lawyers can fight to make sure your injuries and monetary losses are compensated for appropriately. That process can entail investigating the accident, contacting witnesses and retaining experts when needed. Our firm serves victims throughout Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky, including in Little Rock, Jonesboro, Jackson, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Caruthersville, Hayti, Tupelo, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, and Meridian. Contact us today by calling us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to schedule a free appointment with a motor vehicle collision attorney. Let us to show you why NST is the way to go if you were hit by a truck in Little Rock, AR.
Most car accidents are preventable and occur as a result of errors by one or more drivers. To prove liability, you will need to establish by a preponderance of the evidence that the driver owed you a duty of care, which was breached, and that your injuries resulted from the driver’s carelessness. Damages that may be available in these cases often include medical expenses, lost income, mental anguish, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.
Truck drivers are required to follow numerous detailed regulations, including rules related to hours of service, keeping a logbook, and maintenance procedures. Many of these regulations are intended to protect other people on the road from harm. In some states, if a driver violated a law that was enacted to protect the public, the violation can create a rebuttable presumption of negligence. Trucking companies are also required to follow a number of regulations, including rules related to background checks of drivers and proper supervision. They often may be held directly or indirectly liable for a truck accident.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates applications for disability benefits. Although many people pay into this system throughout their lives, many legitimate claims are initially denied, and this process may be less straightforward than claimants expect. The SSA uses a five-step sequential evaluation to determine whether to grant benefits to an applicant. Each step is considered in a set order. We can present your case in a persuasive manner and help you appeal a denial of a meritorious claim if needed. This could include representing you in a hearing before an administrative law judge.
Workers’ compensation functions slightly differently in each state. In Tennessee, for example, businesses that employ five or more employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you are injured on the job, you may recover benefits, such as medical costs and disability. Neither your employer’s nor your own culpability for your injuries will prevent you from collecting these benefits. However, it may still be a struggle to obtain benefits from your employer’s insurer. We can help you navigate this challenging process.
If you were harmed by a health care professional’s failure to use the appropriate level of care in providing treatment to you, you may be able to recover compensation. Most medical malpractice lawsuits require retaining an expert to determine the accepted standard of care and explain what the defendant did that fell short of this standard, as well as how the inappropriate conduct caused the patient’s injuries.
When you buy a toy, car, medication, or other product, you do not expect to be hurt. If you are injured, you may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit. There are three types of defects that may be actionable: manufacturing, design, and marketing (also known as failure to warn). Manufacturers may be held accountable under multiple different theories, including strict liability, negligence, breach of warranty, and concealment. For example, if you take a drug that causes you to develop cancer, but you were not told that a potential side effect of the drug was developing cancer, you may have grounds to hold the manufacturer strictly liable for its failure to warn you of the risk.
Nursing home residents are often elderly or disabled, and thus they are especially vulnerable to neglect, physical abuse, and exploitation by staff members. Unfortunately, many nursing homes are understaffed or employ staff members who are inadequately trained to deal with potentially frustrating situations. Nursing homes are required to protect their residents from physical, mental, and emotional harm by providing a safe environment, as well as adequately training and supervising staff. A failure to do so may be grounds for a nursing home negligence lawsuit for damages.
Property owners have a duty to keep their property reasonably safe. In most situations, this includes an obligation to inspect the property for dangerous conditions and fix them or provide warnings about them so that visitors are not harmed. One type of dangerous condition, which may present a particular problem in apartment complexes or shopping centers, consists of inadequate security measures such as broken locks, poor lighting, or a lack of security guards. A failure to take security measures when appropriate may allow third-party criminals to assault, rob, rape, or otherwise harm visitors and tenants. You may be able to recover damages if you can prove that the defendant knew or should have known about a history of attacks similar to yours and taken appropriate security measures to reduce the risk of further incidents.
Consult a Personal Injury Lawyer in Memphis or the Surrounding Regions
If you are dealing with a devastating injury or medical condition, the Memphis personal injury attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can evaluate and explain your options. Our firm has 30 attorneys and more than 100 staff members, and we serve injured people in many areas of Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky, including Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a personal injury, workers’ compensation, or Social Security Disability lawyer. Once you have learned more about our vigorous advocacy for the rights of the injured, you will realize that NST is the way to go.