Jonesboro Texting While Driving Accidents
Motor Vehicle Collision Lawyers Serving Jonesboro and Beyond
National studies show that most drivers, especially teens, text and drive. During the short time it takes to send or read a text message, a car accident can occur. Texting while driving accidents often end with an innocent person being injured. If you have been involved in a crash as a result of a driver texting while driving, you should consult with a Jonesboro car accident attorney who will fight for you to recover fair compensation for your injuries and losses. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz has recovered more than $1.5 billion for injured parties, many of whom have been hurt in car wrecks in the Jonesboro area.
Laws Against Texting While Driving in Arkansas
Arkansas, like most states, has enacted laws regarding cell phone usage while driving in an attempt to address the rising number of texting while driving accidents. Simply put, Arkansas law makes it illegal to text while driving. Since this is a primary offense law, a law enforcement officer can pull a person over for texting and driving. If convicted, the driver may be fined.
Pursuing Recovery for Your Injuries and Losses After a Car Wreck
A person injured in a texting while driving accident must pursue a bodily injury claim within a set amount of time. Statutes of limitations are usually strict deadlines with rare exceptions. Under Arkansas law, a Jonesboro auto accident victim must typically settle his or her bodily injury claim or file a lawsuit within three years of the date of the accident. Otherwise, the claim is time-barred, and the injured party’s right to sue for his or her injuries can be lost forever.
A texting while driving accident victim may assert a claim for property damage, medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, lost future earnings, scarring or disfigurement, and emotional distress, among others. In order to recover compensation, the injured party must prove that another driver’s negligence caused the accident in question. If the defendant was cited for texting or the injured party can otherwise prove that the driver was texting while driving, negligence will likely be established.
What if the defendant driver tries to blame you for contributing to the collision? What if you make a left-hand turn in front of a driver who does not notice you making the turn because he is texting? Arkansas law allows comparative negligence as a defense, which means that if you were less than 50% at fault for the accident, then your ultimate recovery will be reduced by the percentage of fault attributed to you. For example, if you are deemed to be 10% at fault for the accident and the distracted driver was 90% at fault, then your recovery would be reduced by 10%. However, under modified comparative negligence, if you are found to be 50% or more at fault for the accident, then you may be barred from recovering and will receive no compensation at all. An experienced car accident lawyer in Jonesboro can investigate your accident and gather the necessary evidence to prove the defendant’s fault and minimize allegations of comparative fault.
Discuss Your Motor Vehicle Collision with a Jonesboro Attorney
If you have been injured in a texting while driving accident, call our office today so that one of our Jonesboro lawyers can discuss the specific details of your case with you. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz has handled personal injury cases for more than 30 years, and we have a skillful team of 33 lawyers and more than 120 staff members. We are ready to take your call today. Call us toll-free at 800-LAW-4004 or complete our online form to set up a free consultation with a car wreck lawyer. We represent people injured throughout Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, and Kentucky, including in Little Rock, Jonesboro, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Caruthersville, Hayti, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Tupelo, Meridian, and Jackson. NST is the way to go.