Little Rock Truck Accidents
Accidents involving semi-trailer trucks, also known as tractor-trailers or 18-wheelers, are perhaps the most likely type of motor vehicle accident to result in serious, catastrophic injury or death. The size and weight of these trucks translate into an impact force that can completely obliterate any other vehicle that they come into contact with on the road, including SUVs, sedans, and motorcycles. Our Little Rock truck accident attorneys have experience handling these cases. For victims lucky enough to survive a truck accident, the violence of the impact may nonetheless leave them with permanent injuries and tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars in medical bills for extensive treatment. Given the volume of semi-trailer traffic in Little Rock, Arkansas and the surrounding areas, the danger of being involved in a collision is very real. If you have been injured in an accident involving a semi-trailer, know that you can turn to Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz for help. That experience has given our firm the legal and practical knowledge necessary to help protect your legal rights.Putting the Pieces Together to Establish Your 18-Wheeler Wreck Case
As with other types of motor vehicle accidents, a person injured in a truck accident has to prove that the driver of the truck negligently caused the accident and their injuries. To do so, the victim must establish the legal elements of duty, breach, causation, and damages. The proof necessary to establish those elements can come from many sources – police reports, witness statements, video footage or audio recording, deposition testimony, and even trial testimony, to name a few. However, in truck wreck cases, there is also a wealth of information to be found in the logbooks that the truckers and their employers must maintain under the regulations promulgated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). An experienced truck accident attorney in the Little Rock area will know how to find the proof that you need to build your case and what steps to take to preserve any proof that might be in the hands of the defendant truck driver or his employer to prevent spoliation of such evidence.Taking the Fight to Negligent Trucking Companies
Another important issue in truck accident cases is the potential liability on the part of the company that employs the defendant truck driver whose negligence caused the impact. This type of liability is called vicarious liability, and it is based on the idea that companies should be held responsible for the consequences of their employees’ actions when their employees are acting within the course and scope of their employment. However, building a case against a truck driver’s employer is not as easy as one might assume. Often, the company that employs the trucker will argue that the driver is an independent contractor, or that the driver was not acting within the course and scope of his or her employment at the time of the accident. If the company is successful in making those arguments, they could escape liability completely. At that point, you would be looking to recover only from the trucker and his or her auto insurance carrier (assuming he has one), and that could put you in a situation where there are not enough assets available to compensate you for the full extent of your losses.Discuss Your Case with Our Little Rock Truck Accident Lawyers Today
Being involved in a truck crash can be truly life-altering, and obtaining fair compensation can be difficult. Trucking companies have the resources to fight back hard against your claim, which means that you will need someone who can fight for you. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident with a semi-trailer truck in Little Rock, contact the truck accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz today for a free evaluation and consultation. Our firm has recovered over $1.5 billion in compensation for our clients, and we are ready to discuss your case. To set up your free consultation with an injury lawyer, you can reach us over the phone at 800-529-4004 or online by filling out our online form. Let us show you why NST is the way to go if you have been hurt due to someone else’s carelessness or recklessness.