Little Rock Underride Accidents
Underride accidents are highly dangerous, and the occupants of the smaller vehicle usually suffer devastating injuries in this type of collision. An underride accident occurs when all or part of a smaller vehicle goes under the rear or the side of a larger vehicle, such as a tractor-trailer. In these crashes, the top of the smaller car may be completely flattened. Even if the smaller vehicle was fully equipped with airbags and other safety mechanisms, the risk of catastrophic injury still remains. These crashes are common on busy roadways with heavy traffic and higher speeds like Interstate 40 and Interstate 30. Call our Little Rock truck accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz for a free consultation if you have been hurt in a trucking accident. Truck accident litigation can be complex, but our firm has more than 25 years of experience representing the victims of trucking accidents throughout the South.Assistance for Persons Injured in Underride Accidents
Underride accidents usually occur when the large truck slows or stops suddenly and the smaller car drives under the rear of the trailer and gets pinned. They can also occur when a big rig driver switches lanes without warning and the smaller vehicle gets lodged under the side of the trailer. If the truck driver was cited for being at fault for the accident, the victim may be able to proceed under a theory of negligence per se (or negligence as a matter of law) where an act is considered negligent if it violates a safety law.
Following any trucking accident, you can establish negligence to succeed on a claim against the truck driver or the trucking company. You may do this by showing that the truck driver owed a duty of care to you that he breached, which in turn caused the accident, your injuries, and your losses. In Arkansas, the party seeking damages bears this burden of proof.
If you can establish that the truck driver was negligent, you will be able to pursue recovery for your losses, both economic and non-economic. Economic losses have a set monetary value, such as medical bills and lost wages. Non-economic losses do not have a set monetary value and include claims such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium. A knowledgeable attorney in the Little Rock area will be able to help you value your losses so that you can pursue adequate compensation from the responsible party.
In some instances, you may be able to seek compensation from the trucking company for negligent hiring, training, or supervision. Federal regulations set maximum driving hours and minimum break times for interstate truck drivers, and they also establish training and supervision standards for employers. For example, if the trucking company encouraged its employees to speed or drive without taking the required breaks in order to get to their destinations sooner, then the trucking company may be liable for any injuries caused by underride accidents involving its speeding or fatigued drivers. Hiring legal representation to look out for your interests can include inspecting the truck driver’s log book, the truck’s black box, and any other evidence to determine all potential defendants and sources of recovery.
The statute of limitation for pursuing injuries sustained in an underride accident in Arkansas is three years from the date of the accident. If you do not settle your claim or file suit in the appropriate court within the appropriate timeframe, you will have essentially forfeited your right to do so and your claim will be time-barred. Many Little Rock truck accident lawsuits are filed with the Pulaski County Circuit Court, located at 401 West Markham Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201.Asserting Your Legal Rights After a Truck Crash
If you have been injured in an underride accident or a collision with a big rig truck, Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz may be able to assist you in getting the compensation you deserve for your losses. To date, we have recovered more than $1 billion in compensation for our clients. Our firm employs over 30 attorneys and a large support staff, and we serve accident victims in Little Rock, Jonesboro, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville, as well as other cities across Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with one of our auto accident attorneys. NST is the way to go.