Little Rock Rear-End Truck Accidents
Truck Crash Lawyers Serving Little Rock and Pulaski County
Being the largest city in Arkansas, thousands of big rig trucks travel through Little Rock every day. Whether they are traveling on I-430, I-630, I-30, or I-440, there is always a chance that one of these trucks could strike you if the driver is not paying attention. Across the country, rear-end truck accidents are the most common type of auto accident, accounting for approximately 40% of all vehicle collisions per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, our Little Rock truck accident attorneys ready to discuss your legal options with you today. For over 30 years, Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz has helped auto accident victims in Arkansas recover compensation to which they are legally entitled.
Rear-End Truck Accidents in Little Rock, AR
When a commercial truck is involved in a rear-end collision, serious and catastrophic damages often result due to the truck’s immense size and weight – a commercial truck can be up to 20x bigger than a standard sedan. In order to recover compensation after an accident with a truck driver, you must typically establish that the truck driver was negligent. To do so, the following elements must be established. First, you must show that the driver owed you a duty to drive safely. This is largely regulated by traffic laws and federal regulations. Second, you need to show that the trucker breached that duty. If you were rear-ended, then most likely the trucker breached his duty to drive safely by failing to maintain a safe lookout, following too closely, or driving while fatigued. Third, you need to show that the trucker’s failure to drive safely caused the accident to occur. Finally, you will need to prove that you suffered actual damages as a result. This can be proven by medical documentation or testimony.
Many times, the injuries sustained after a rear-end collision caused by a big rig are devastating and costly. These accidents can result in broken bones, paralysis, spinal cord injuries, brain trauma, and in extreme circumstances, death. It is important to note that commercial carriers, which are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), usually must carry at least $750,000 in liability insurance coverage. This is important to those with severe and life-altering injuries in that under Arkansas law, the state minimum insurance limits for non-commercial vehicles is $25,000 per person. The Arkansas Insurance Department is located in Little Rock at 1200 West Third Street, Little Rock, AR 72201-1904.
Hiring a trucking accident attorney in the Little Rock area who has knowledge of both state and federal laws and regulations can provide you with a legal path towards recovering both economic and non-economic damages. Arkansas law governs the types of damages that may be recovered in a personal injury case, and damages must not be too speculative in nature. Classes of damages include medical bills, property damage repairs, lost wages, pain and suffering, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Consult with a Little Rock Lawyer Today
Many times, injured and innocent parties are left with insurmountable medical bills following a rear-end truck accident. For over 30 years, our team has seen the hardships injured parties go through that occur after a truck accident, and we are ready and willing to speak with you today to begin building a legal strategy towards recovery. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz serves clients throughout Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Missouri, including in Little Rock, Jonesboro, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation. If you want a trucking accident attorney to do what it takes to fight for your rights, NST is the way to go.
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.