Little Rock Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents are unfortunately common in large cities with busy roads and high traffic volume. Due to their size and weight disadvantage, a pedestrian is just no match for a vehicle, which means pedestrians often suffer serious or fatal injuries when these collisions occur. Even if the vehicle is traveling at a low speed, the pedestrian may suffer a disabling injury, requiring hospitalization, surgery, and costly medical bills. If you are a pedestrian who has hit by a car or truck, call our Little Rock pedestrian accident attorneys today for assistance in pursuing the compensation you deserve. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz has a skilled legal team of 30 attorneys and over 120 staff members, and we have vigorously represented the rights of accident victims in the South for more than 30 years.Multiple Parties May Be Liable in a Pedestrian Accident
It can be difficult to determine who is at fault when a pedestrian is stuck by a motor vehicle. There is a common misconception that the pedestrian always has the right of way, but in reality either the driver of the vehicle or the pedestrian may be at fault, depending on the facts of the case. Was there a sidewalk? Was the pedestrian crossing in a crosswalk? Was the driver speeding? Did the driver maintain a safe lookout? If you are an injured pedestrian, it is important that you immediately seek the counsel of an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer in Little Rock who can investigate the facts of the collision and gather any available evidence or eyewitness testimony that helps to prove that the defendant is at fault for the accident. Many pedestrian accidents can be fatal, which means you will need a lawyer who also understands how Arkansas’ wrongful death law may apply.
What if the driver claims the pedestrian contributed to the collision by not walking in a designated crosswalk? What if the driver was also speeding? Arkansas law follows modified comparative negligence, which means that if the pedestrian was less than 50% at fault for the accident, then his or her comparative negligence will reduce the amount of compensation recovered. For example, if the pedestrian is deemed 10% responsible for the accident and the speeding driver is 90% at fault, then the pedestrian will still be able to recover from the speeding driver, but his or her recovery will be reduced by 10%. However, if the pedestrian is deemed to be 50% or more at fault for the accident, then he or she will be barred from recovery and receive no compensation at all from the driver.
In some instances, if the driver was on the job or driving a corporate vehicle, the employer may be vicariously liable for the driver’s negligence. This theory commonly applies to delivery vehicle accidents, for example. It is necessary to conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident in an effort to identify all potentially responsible parties. Failure to identify a defendant could result in the victim being unable to recover damages that he or she would otherwise be entitled to. This is where hiring a lawyer with experience handling personal injury cases in the Little Rock area can be beneficial.Discuss Your Little Rock Pedestrian Accident with an Attorney Today
If you were struck by a vehicle while crossing the street, walking through a crosswalk, standing on the sidewalk, or otherwise minding your own business, you should immediately consult with one of the knowledgeable Little Rock pedestrian accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. Even if the other driver is alleging the wreck was partially your fault, you may still be able to seek compensation for your injuries under Arkansas’s comparative fault system. For a free consultation on your case, contact NST toll-free at 800-LAW-4004 or complete our online form. Our injury lawyers have recovered more than $1.5 billion in compensation for our clients. We represent people injured in Arkansas and throughout the South, including Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky.