Little Rock Truck Accidents Involving Bad Weather
According to the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), approximately 5.7 million automobile accidents take place each year. Of those, 22% are the direct result of bad or inclement weather. Moreover, it is estimated that 6,000 or more people are killed each year due to crashes involving poor weather conditions. As such, interstate truck drivers have a heightened duty to drive safely when bad weather occurs and must follow inclement weather driving rules promulgated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). If you have been involved in a truck accident involving bad weather, the Little Rock truck accident attorneys of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are available to evaluate your claim today and investigate whether the trucker’s conduct caused or contributed to the collision.Being Made Whole After a Wreck with a Semi-Truck in Bad Weather
Commercial truck drivers, such as those who operate semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, tanker trucks, delivery vehicles, and more, must drive safely when bad weather presents itself. FMCSA regulations state that when driving through inclement weather, such as rain, ice, sleet, snow, or fog, the truck driver must exercise “extreme caution.” When bad weather is present, truckers should reduce speed, and if the weather becomes too dangerous to drive, discontinue operation of the truck until it can be safely driven.
Failure to follow FMCSA regulations and failure to drive reasonably under a certain set of circumstances usually equates to negligence. For instance, let’s say you are driving on Interstate 30 near Exit 140 downtown on an icy January morning. With these conditions, you slow down. If a dump truck driver decides to travel above the speed limit and crashes into the rear of your car, that driver can be held responsible for the wreck and your ensuing damages. If the driver was acting within the course and scope of employment, the employer can be deemed vicariously liable.
Under Arkansas law, an injured party typically has three years from the date of the accident to file suit or settle his or her claim with the defendant driver, trucking company, or both. Failure to do so within the applicable statute of limitation can bar the injured party from recovering compensation for his or her damages. It is important to hire an 18-wheeler accident attorney in the Little Rock area immediately after an accident to ensure that all your legal rights stay intact.
If you have been injured by the negligent driving of a truck driver, you may be entitled to recover certain damages for your losses. Truck accidents involving bad weather generally result in serious injuries. Many times, those injured in Pulaski County or nearby will have to be transported (or airlifted) by ambulance to medical facilities such as the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) or Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Those that have been injured by a negligent truck driver are usually able to recover both their economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages consist of medical bills, lost wages, and other monetary out of pocket losses. Non-economic damages consist of pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium.Speak with Our Trucking Accident Lawyers Today
Truck accidents involving bad weather are often catastrophic – but even more so when an 18-wheeler is involved. Due to a big rig’s immense size, it is often harder for those drivers to come to a complete stop in inclement weather, and if the driver is not following safety protocols, accidents may result. The attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz have handled thousands of 18-wheeler wreck cases, and our firm has helped those injured in Little Rock, Jonesboro, Jackson, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Caruthersville, Hayti, Tupelo, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Meridian, and other communities in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky. When it comes to hiring a truck crash lawyer in Little Rock to fight against large trucking companies for your maximum compensation, NST is the way to go. Contact our office by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation.