Jonesboro Pedestrian Accidents
Lawyers Serving Injured People in Jonesboro and the Surrounding Areas
In a city the size of Jonesboro, Arkansas, the risk of being involved in an accident as a pedestrian is higher than in less populated areas. Throughout the day, people are constantly traveling on foot across streets, from building to building and store to store. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle collision, the Jonesboro pedestrian accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can help you through this difficult time. Although there are traffic laws, signals, and crosswalks in place to reduce the risk to pedestrians, those measures do not always guarantee the safety of those traveling on the same streets used by motor vehicles. To make matters worse, those who do get hurt in pedestrian accidents generally receive much more serious injuries than those involved in other types of car accidents. In some cases, those injuries can be so significant that they have a permanent impact on that person’s life. Our firm has served the interests of injured people for over 30 years, and we have recovered over $1.5 billion for our clients.
Pursuing Pedestrian Crash Cases in Arkansas
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents have become more and more common in recent years due to increasing numbers of distracted or inattentive drivers on the road. These distracted and inattentive drivers not only make pedestrian accidents themselves more likely, but they also increase the risk that serious injury will occur as a result of the accident. Other times, drivers do not pay enough attention to what is happening in front of them, resulting in a failure to allow sufficient time to apply the brakes.
As a result of being hit by a car or truck, those involved in motor vehicle accidents are often left with broken bones and deep cuts that will scar. Those who are less fortunate may end up losing a limb, becoming paralyzed, or suffering a traumatic brain injury. In any case, it is very likely that these injuries will affect them, at least to some extent, for the rest of their lives.
If the negligent car driver or registered owner did not carry adequate liability insurance as required by Arkansas law, a victim may assert a claim through his or her uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage. This coverage can apply to a pedestrian accident, even though the victim was not operating or riding in a motor vehicle at the time. A knowledgeable pedestrian accident lawyer in Jonesboro can explain to you how each specific type of coverage can apply to your particular situation.
For pedestrians suffering from permanent injuries, also known as catastrophic injuries, the types of damages that they can pursue under Arkansas law go above and beyond the damages generally available to accident victims with non-permanent injuries. These damages include claims for future medical expenses, future lost wages, loss of capacity, loss of consortium, and more. For example, if you worked a job requiring manual labor and the accident renders you disabled or wheelchair bound, you may recover damages for future lost wages if you cannot return to work or must accept a lesser paying position.
Without the assistance of an attorney experienced in pedestrian accidents and permanent injuries, a victim may not know which claims for damages are or are not available in their case. Furthermore, damages in this category are often hard, if not impossible, to recover without the opinion of an expert witness to help prove them. This is why seeking the assistance of a law firm experienced in dealing with these situations is crucial for injured victims.
Discuss Your Pedestrian Accident Case with a Jonesboro Attorney
If you have been injured by a car while walking or standing on the street, you will need a team of lawyers by your side to ensure that you are fully compensated in all the ways possible under the law. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, we have more than 30 attorneys and over 100 support staff who are ready to use their knowledge and experience to fight for you and your case. Our motor vehicle collision lawyers advocate for victims in Jonesboro, as well as the rest of Arkansas, and in areas throughout Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Missouri. Contact our office today for a free consultation with a Jonesboro pedestrian accident lawyer by calling the toll-free number 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form. We look forward to showing you why 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.