Little Rock Reckless Driving Car Accidents
Under Arkansas law, reckless driving is defined as driving in a manner that indicates a wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property. If a person is driving in a manner careless enough to be considered reckless, they are more likely to be involved in a serious accident. Victims injured in reckless driving car accidents often suffer severe injuries and incur large amounts of medical bills, lost wages, and other out of pocket expenses. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our Little Rock car accident lawyers have over 25 years of experience fighting for compensation for clients who have been injured by reckless drivers. As a large regional personal injury law firm with over 30 attorneys and more than 120 support staff members, our firm has the resources necessary to pursue maximum recovery in your case. Contact us today and let us show you why NST is the way to go.Arkansas Law Prohibits Reckless Driving
Arkansas’ reckless driving standard is similar to the reckless driving standard in other states in that it does not provide a limited list of actions that constitute “reckless driving.” Instead, the law provides a broad “wanton disregard” standard that allows for the facts of a particular case to be analyzed as a whole. Generally, conduct will likely be considered “wanton” if the facts of the case show that the driver appreciated the risk of harm created by his or her conduct. Some driver actions that might meet this standard include:
- Driving at reckless speeds, such as 90 or 100+ miles per hour
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Tailgating at high speeds
- Drag racing
- Disregarding traffic control devices
Assume school is getting out at Brady Elementary School, located at 7915 West Markham Street, Little Rock, AR 72205. When school lets out and children are walking to cars, drivers are supposed to follow the reduced speed in the school zone. Let’s say two people decide to drag race and come flying down West Markham Street at 65 miles per hour, with one driver losing control of the vehicle and crashing into a parent waiting to pick up his child from school.
A person injured in a reckless driving car accident will often have a claim against the at-fault driver. In the above scenario, recklessness can likely be established. Evidence substantiating your claim can come from a variety of sources, including the police report and witness statements. Following an accident, it is likely that the Little Rock Police Department will dispatch officers to the scene. Upon arrival, the officer can speak with the parties, take their statements, call for aid if necessary, speak with witnesses, and take photographs or measurements of the crash scene. A police report can be a helpful place to begin an investigation into an accident, as it will contain the above information. A car accident lawyer in the Little Rock area can obtain this report on your behalf in addition to photographs or videos taken by the responding police officer.
Establishing liability is critical in terms of recovering compensation. Victims of auto accidents can suffer injuries like headaches, concussions, whiplash, back pain, and broken bones. In the context of reckless driving, such as drag racing at high speeds, a wrongful death may occur. Elements of damages can include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.Consult With an Experienced Little Rock Attorney
Arkansas law provides a framework for punishing reckless drivers and allowing victims to be compensated for their injuries, suffering, and other losses. However, pursuing claims against reckless drivers and the companies that insure them can be a difficult task. If you have been involved in a reckless driving car accident in Little Rock or the surrounding area, the car accident attorneys of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz want to help protect your rights and your claims. Our firm serves accident victims throughout Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Missouri, including in cities like Little Rock, Jonesboro, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Starkville, Grenada, Oxford, Columbus, Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis, Chattanooga, Caruthersville, and Hayti. Call us at 800-529-4004 or visit our website and complete our online form for a free consultation with a motor vehicle accident lawyer.