Jonesboro Motorcycle Accidents
Motor Vehicle Collision Lawyers Serving Jonesboro
Have you been injured in a motorcycle accident as a result of the negligence of another driver? If so, you may have suffered severe or life-altering injuries. Over the past 30 years, the Jonesboro motorcycle accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz have helped victims recover damages for their physical injuries and pain and suffering. We have a team of over 30 attorneys and over 100 support staff members to give your case the individual attention it needs to be successful. We strive to be transparent and always fight for our clients’ rights. If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash in Jonesboro or the surrounding area, call our office today so we can show you why NST is the way to go.
Damages for Motorcyclists Injured in Jonesboro
In Arkansas, those hurt in a motor vehicle accident usually have three years to either settle their claim or properly file a lawsuit in the appropriate court. Failure to do so within the applicable statute of limitation can result in the forfeiture of any potential claim you may have against the at-fault party. With strict deadlines to assert claims, it is important that you do not wait too long to explore your options. Over time, evidence can be lost or destroyed, witnesses may vanish, and memories can fade.
Arkansas law requires drivers to carry valid liability auto insurance. To comply with the law, the minimum coverage is $25,000 per person and $50,000 per occurrence. Failure to carry state minimum limits can result in fines and jail time, depending on the number of violations. To explain how a state minimum policy works, consider the following example:
Jack, Diane, and John are all friends who own motorcycles. One Sunday morning, they decide to ride their motorcycles in the Jonesboro area. Suddenly, all three are injured on Interstate 555 by a drunk driver. The driver did have liability insurance, but only carried state minimum limits. In this situation, the policy would pay no more than $50,000 for all three injured parties, with no individual being able to recover more than $25,000.
What if a motorcycle crash victim sustains a permanent injury like spinal cord damage? What if a victim becomes wheelchair-bound? This is why you should discuss your accident with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in the Jonesboro area. It will be important to explore all avenues of recovery and identify all potential parties that could bear responsibility for what happened. For instance, if the defendant does not have enough insurance to cover the victim’s losses, the victim may file an underinsured motorist claim through his or her own policy. While you may think your insurance company is automatically on your side, you should retain representation of your own, as your insurance company may step into the shoes of the defendant and take a position adverse to yours.
If a defendant driver was working at the time of the wreck, the employer may be vicariously liable for the employee’s negligence. Whether the employee was acting within the course and scope of employment can make a huge difference in the victim’s recovery, as companies typically carry more insurance than state law requires. However, if the accident occurred while the employee was off the clock or otherwise deviated from job responsibilities, vicarious liability may not apply.
Retain a Jonesboro Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
With limited safety mechanisms to protect motorcyclists, these accidents often result in permanent injury, visible disfigurement, or death. If you were injured or lost a loved one due to the negligence of a car or truck driver in the Jonesboro area, our motorcycle accident attorneys may be able to represent you. Contact Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz toll-free by calling 800-LAW-4004 or using our online form to set up a free consultation with an injury attorney. We represent clients injured in Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Arkansas, including in Caruthersville, Hayti, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Tupelo, Meridian, Jackson, Little Rock, Jonesboro, Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Nashville.
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.