Little Rock Highway Accidents
Highway accidents often turn catastrophic due to the high speeds of all parties involved. In Arkansas, many highways and interstates have speed limits of 65 or 70 miles per hour. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there is an 8% increase in highway traffic fatalities for every five miles per hour increase on state highways. Moreover, highways in the Little Rock area are heavily used by large commercial trucks that pose threats not only of high speeds, but also of increased damages to those involved due to their size and weight – some weighing nearly 80,000 pounds. If you have been injured on a highway in the Little Rock area, our Little Rock car accident lawyers are available to speak with you today. We are a large regional personal injury law firm, serving those injured throughout the South for over 25 years.Proving Liability for a Highway Accident
Highway accidents are common because highways are some of the most traveled roads in Pulaski County. Little Rock has several highways that serve as major pipelines around and through the city. Highways 5, 10, 300, 338, 365, and 367 all run through Little Rock, as do Interstates 40, 440, 30, and 530. In order to recover after a car accident on a highway or interstate, you will have to prove that another party acted in a negligent manner, such as speeding, following too closely, or making an improper left turn. To satisfy your legal burden of proof, the following elements must be established against the at-fault party.
First, you must show that the at-fault party owed you a duty to drive safely. Next, you will need to show that the at-fault party breached that duty in some way. This is usually established by showing the at-fault party broke some type of traffic violation such as driving above the highway speed limit. Third, you must show that the at-fault party’s breach of that duty caused the accident to occur. For example, did the at-fault party’s speeding directly and proximately cause the wreck? Did the at-fault party’s failure to maintain a safe lookout cause you to run off the road? Finally, you must show that you suffered actual damages as a result of the collision.
In an Arkansas auto accident case, there are typically two categories of damages – compensatory and punitive. Compensatory damages are awarded for economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are tangible losses such as lost wages and medical bills. Non-economic damages are determined based on how the accident and your injuries affected your life. Here, a jury will look at the pain and suffering, mental anguish, permanent disability, and loss of enjoyment of life you endured, to name a few. Punitive damages, on the other hand, are awarded solely to punish the at-fault party for particularly egregious conduct. Under Arkansas law, punitive damages are only awarded if the defendant knew or should have known that his or her actions would naturally and probably result in injury and he or she continued the conduct with malice or in reckless disregard of the consequences.Hire a Car Accident Lawyer in the Little Rock Area Today
Many times, the innocent parties that are involved in highway accidents are left with disabling injuries that require extensive medical treatment, not to mention time off work. The Little Rock lawyers of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are here to help you recover all that you are entitled to under the law after your accident. We serve injured people all across Arkansas as well as Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and Mississippi, including in Little Rock, Jonesboro, Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Nashville, Caruthersville, Hayti, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Tupelo, Meridian, and Jackson. Call us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form to set up a free consultation with a car crash attorney today.