Hot Springs Car Accidents
Automobile crashes happen every day, no matter how safely people attempt to drive. A distracted driver could be texting while driving and swerve into your lane as you travel down Central Avenue headed towards the Grand Promenade. You could be turning into the Magic Springs Theme and Water Park entrance for a day of family fun when the driver behind you fails to hit the brakes in time and hits you from behind. There are countless ways that an accident can happen and countless outcomes. However, with most car accidents there is the possibility of personal injury and damage to your vehicle. Both injury to your body and damage to your vehicle could cost you money, including but not limited to, medical bills, lost wages, and repairs to your vehicle. If you have been injured in an auto accident, our Hot Springs car accident attorneys are ready to fight for you and take steps to help you get properly compensated for everything you’ve had to go through as a result.Being Fairly Compensated After an Auto Accident
Car accidents may occur at any place in Hot Springs, and they are typically caused by one thing – the negligence of at least one driver. To recover damages under Arkansas law, an injured victim must prove the legal elements of negligence by establishing the following:
- That the at fault driver owed a legal duty to the victim to drive safely and act reasonably
- That the at fault driver breached that duty
- That the breach caused harm to the victim
- That the victim sustained actual damages
Along with properly outlining the elements of negligence, the victim has a strict time period to bring a personal injury claim. For most Arkansas personal injury claims, there is a three year statute of limitation, and within this time frame the victim must either settle their claim with the insurance company or file a lawsuit in the appropriate court. Serving people throughout the Hot Springs area, our car accident lawyers are familiar with the legal standards and statute of limitations specific to accidents in Arkansas and can make sure that your legal rights remain intact.
Arkansas follows the doctrine of modified comparative fault, which allows the other driver (and their insurance carrier) to try to place all, or some, of the blame for the auto accident on the victim. Any award for damages will be reduced by the victim’s fault, and victims are barred from receiving any compensation for damages if they are found 50% or more at fault for the collision.
The possibility of not being compensated at all for your damages is one reason that you want to have an experienced car accident attorney in the Hot Springs area working on your case from start to finish. It may be that a witness to the accident can corroborate your account of the crash and prove that you were not at fault for the accident at all. It is important to locate and speak with these individuals before their recollection of the events begins to fade. If your case goes to trial and you are unable to locate that witness, the testimony may be lost forever.
If you are involved in an auto accident, you should call the police to the scene immediately, as the responding officers can interview witnesses, take their statements, talk to the drivers, and assess fault. The Hot Springs Police Department is located at 641 Malvern Ave, Hot Springs National Park, AR 71901, and can be reached by calling 501-321-6789. All people hurt in an accident have the right to consult with an experienced attorney about what to do next and how to proceed through the legal process. Our firm understands the importance of preserving critical evidence and being able to present a persuasive case to an insurance adjuster, judge, or jury on your behalf.Speak with an Experienced Hot Springs Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in Hot Springs, Clinton, Morrilton, Arkadelphia, Pine Bluff, Benton, Conway, or anywhere nearby, contact Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz today. Our Arkansas lawyers are ready to speak with you regarding your auto accident case. With over 25 years of experience and more than $1 billion recovered for our clients, we are ready to put our resources to work and help you during this difficult time. Call us at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form for a free consultation, and let us show you why NST is the way to go if you are looking for a Hot Springs car accident lawyer.