Benton Truck Accidents
If you’ve ever been involved in, or seen the damage resulting from, a truck wreck, you know that life can change in an instant. Although any type of accident can be devastating, collisions with 18-wheeler trucks are more likely to cause serious losses and catastrophic injuries due to the sheer size and weight of the vehicles involved. This is where a knowledgeable Benton truck accident attorney can come into play. Whether you are a truck driver or occupant injured in a truck accident that is not your fault, you will likely have questions regarding what the at-fault party should be responsible for in compensating you for what you have lost. Although no amount of money may ever be enough to restore your life to what it was before the accident, contact Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz to assist you with maximizing your recovery.What to Expect After a Truck Wreck in Benton
It will likely come as no surprise that many crashes involving big rig trucks in Benton take place on Interstate 30 (I-30). I-30 runs through Benton, connecting Little Rock with Dallas; as such, it is a popular road for freightliners to carry goods to and from the two major cities. In exchange for the privilege of using the city, county, or federal roads to carry their goods, interstate truck drivers and the commercial businesses that contract the trucks to transport their cargo are required to comply with certain federal regulations under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
FMCSA trucking regulations cover various facets of truck safety, from mandated rest breaks for drivers, to truck lighting, maintenance, and inspection guidelines. The regulations guiding truckers are more stringent than for drivers of passenger cars due to the enhanced likelihood of danger and damage surrounding trucks. Noncompliance with these federal safety regulations may lead to a greater number of truck wrecks. Our truck accident attorneys represent Benton residents injured by many types of big rigs, including:
- 18 wheelers
- Dump trucks
- Garbage trucks
- Concrete trucks or cement mixers
- Big rig commercial vehicles
It can be common for insurance adjusters for 18-wheeler trucking companies to show up to the scene of an accident and immediately start investigating. A goal of these insurance companies is to save their companies money by trying to diminish the amount of fault that can be placed on the truck driver and trucking company for the collision. With all of your legal rights at stake, you should not speak with an insurance adjuster without legal representation, as you may unknowingly say something to hurt your case and ability to recover for your losses.
Even if it is obvious that the truck driver was at fault – i.e. several witnesses place the truck driver at fault, or the truck driver was cited for DUI or admitted to falling asleep at the wheel – the insurance adjuster for the trucking company may try to make you a fast, low-ball offer to “make you go away.” It is important to note that it is difficult to gauge the fair value of your case while you are still receiving medical treatment. You should also know that you not only may be legally entitled to get your car fixed or for reimbursement of your medical bills, but also pain and suffering, lost wages, mental anguish, future medical bills, loss of use, and loss of value.
Not knowing the laws and requirements with which trucking companies and truck drivers are supposed to comply can hurt your case, as can talking to an insurance adjuster for a trucking company without legal representation. However, an experienced truck accident lawyer in Benton would not only know the laws, but also have the resources to retain experts that can survey and/or reconstruct the accident scene, interview witnesses, and properly develop and value your case. Our law firm takes pride in advocating for our clients’ rights and analyzing all potential theories of recovery.Let Our 18-Wheeler Wreck Attorneys Guide You Through the Legal Process
For more than 25 years, Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz has helped victims of truck accidents in the South get the compensation they deserve. With more than 30 attorneys and 120 support staff, Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz serves victims from Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky, including cities like Benton, Little Rock, Hot Springs, Malvern, Conway, Searcy, Forrest City, Pine Bluff, Sheridan, and Jonesboro. To speak with a Benton truck accident lawyer today, call us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form. If you were injured in an automobile accident in Benton, NST is the way to go.