Jonesboro Bus Accidents
Motor Vehicle Crash Lawyers Serving Jonesboro and Nearby Arkansas Cities
Buses are commonly seen on Jonesboro roadways. School buses transport thousands of children each morning and afternoon during the school year, and Jonesboro Economical Transit (JET) buses have become a popular transportation choice for many residents. JET buses recorded over 61,000 rides during the first half of 2017 as residents use these buses to get back and forth to the doctor, grocery store, work, and various other places around town. Due to the increasing number of buses on the roads, the number of bus collisions is also increasing. If you have been injured in a school bus, city bus, or another type of bus crash in or near Jonesboro, the Jonesboro bus accident lawyers of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz may be able to assist you in pursuing a claim for your bodily injuries, time off from work, and other losses. To date, our attorneys have recovered more than $1.5 billion in compensation for accident victims.
Bus Accidents in Jonesboro, AR
Bus collisions, like other collisions, usually occur due to the negligence of either the bus driver or another driver. The driver may be distracted by looking at his phone or the radio, or he may be speeding. He may disregard a stop sign or traffic light and enter an intersection without having the right of way and get struck by another vehicle. Because of the extreme weight and size of most buses, they tend to result in more serious impacts than other collisions. Injuries will vary, depending on the speed of the vehicles, the force of the impact, and safety mechanisms in force. Typically, buses do not have seatbelts to protect their passengers during a collision.
As with any other auto accident, a bus accident lawyer in Jonesboro can help you assert a claim against the negligent driver in a bus accident and seek monetary damages for your bodily injuries and other losses. In Arkansas, parents may pursue these losses on behalf of their children in a school bus crash. First, though, you must prove negligence by showing that the at-fault driver owed you a duty of care that he breached and which caused you to suffer injuries and damages. If the at-fault party is cited for a traffic violation which caused the crash, such as failure to maintain control or failure to exercise due care, then you may be able to pursue your bodily injury claim under a theory of negligence per se where negligence is presumed by the mere violation of the traffic law. If the bus driver caused the accident, then you may also be able to pursue a claim against his employer under a theory of vicarious liability. Generally, a bus company will be responsible for auto accidents caused by the negligence of its drivers.
In most bus accident cases, you are entitled to damages for both your economic and non-economic losses, including medical expenses, lost income, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life. These damages are referred to as compensatory damages because they are intended to make you whole for your injuries by compensating you or paying you money. In extraordinary cases, punitive damages may be sought against either the bus driver, the bus company, or the driver of the other vehicle. What happens if the bus driver had been drinking alcohol and had a history of drinking on the job? In that scenario, a judge or jury may award punitive damages to deter others from endangering minors and others on the road. Punitive damages are intended to punish the at-fault party by making that party literally pay for the wrongdoing.
Whether you are seeking compensatory or punitive damages or both, under Arkansas law you must either settle your bodily injury claim or file a lawsuit within three years of the date of the accident. Many bus accident lawsuits are filed in the Circuit Court of Craighead County, Arkansas, which is located at 511 South Main Street, Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401. Bus accident cases can be technical and complex due to the number of potential claimants and the involvement of commercial entities and insurance carriers, making it important to consult with a bus accident attorney in Jonesboro who is experienced in this type of litigation to ensure your legal rights are protected.
Consult with a Jonesboro Bus Accident Attorney Today
When a bus strikes another vehicle, usually the passengers on the bus or the occupants of the smaller vehicle suffer some sort of injury. If you have been unfortunate enough to be riding on a bus when it crashed, call Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz today to discuss your claim and the types of damages to which you may be entitled under Arkansas law. We can help you pursue compensatory damages for your losses, and we understand when it may be appropriate to seek punitive damages. Our firm represents accident victims across Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky, including in the cities of Jonesboro, Marion, Blytheville, Paragould, Little Rock, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Call us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form to set up a free consultation with one of our auto accident attorneys. If you need a law firm in Jonesboro to fight for you, 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.