Jonesboro Head-On Collisions
Auto Accident Lawyers Serving Jonesboro and Surrounding Areas
Head-on collisions are dangerous and can result in devastating or life-threatening injuries, depending on the size and speed of the vehicles at the time of impact. When two cars collide front to front, both vehicles will normally suffer heavy property damage. If a negligent driver has hit you head-on and caused you to suffer harm, the Jonesboro car accident attorneys of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can assist you in your time of need. Allow our team to fight for you and assist you in pursuing fair compensation for your medical bills and other expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To date, we have recovered more than $1.5 billion in compensation for our clients. We are a large regional personal injury law firm with a dedicated team of over 30 attorneys and more than 120 staff members.
Proving Negligence in a Head-On Collision Claim
A head-on collision occurs when two vehicles collide, head to head. These front-end collisions usually occur when a vehicle is traveling in the wrong lane, either because it is passing another car or drifts over into another lane due to driver error, fatigue, or distracted driving. Due to the nature of front-end to front-end wrecks, they tend to result in more serious injuries than any other type of collision. Injuries will vary, depending on the speed of the vehicles, the force of the impact, and safety mechanisms in use. If the drivers and passengers are wearing their seatbelts, they could suffer chest and lower limb injuries. Drivers not wearing their seatbelts may sustain severe head and facial injuries in addition to more severe chest and limb injuries.
As with any other auto accident in Arkansas, you may sue the negligent driver following a head-on collision and seek monetary damages for your bodily injuries and other losses. First, though, you must prove negligence by showing that the at-fault driver breached a duty of care owed to you which caused your 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 a safety law.
In most car accident cases, you may recover 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 considered compensatory in nature and attempt to make you whole for your injuries by paying you money for the losses. In some cases, punitive damages may be sought. Suppose another driver hit you head-on because he had been drinking alcohol. Suppose he had a long history of auto accidents and drunk driving convictions. In that scenario, punitive damages may be awarded if the judge or jury finds the defendant’s conduct to be particularly egregious. Punitive damages are penal in nature and are intended to punish the at-fault driver and deter others from engaging in similar conduct.
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 in the appropriate jurisdiction within three years of the date of the accident. If you do not do this within that period of time, then your right to sue for your damages could be lost forever. Auto accident cases can be complex, meaning it is important to consult with a car wreck attorney in Jonesboro soon after the accident to provide sufficient time to investigate the claim, try to negotiate settlement, and prepare the case for litigation if necessary.
Discuss Your Head-On Collision Claim with a Jonesboro Attorney
If you have been injured in a car accident with a negligent driver, 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 also understand when it may be appropriate to seek punitive damages. We represent accident victims across Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky, including in the cities of Jonesboro, 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 learn why NST is the way to go. Our lawyers are available 24/7.
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.