Little Rock Car Accident Lawyers
Little Rock is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike in Arkansas, but with a higher population comes an increased risk for car and other motor vehicle accidents. A car accident lawyer is crucial when understanding and fighting for your legal rights after an accident. Our lawyers can explain the claims process to you and help ensure you receive fair compensation.
How common are car accidents in Little Rock?
In 2019, there were 32 total fatal accidents and 33 deaths. An organization called Smart Growth America ranked Little Rock (and the central Arkansas area in general) the 19th most dangerous metropolitan area to walk around in as a pedestrian. These statistics remind locals and visitors to take extra precautions to avoid experiencing an accident.
Recently, on May 1, 2021, a driver was seriously injured, and two officers suffered injuries after a car accident on Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock. In December 2020, two men in their thirties died in a car wreck on Arch Street in Little Rock.
Accidents happen all of the time, but if another driver’s negligence caused your injuries or the death of a family member, you have legal rights. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries or file a wrongful death lawsuit to alleviate some of the financial burdens of a car accident.
Dangerous Intersections in Little Rock
Car accidents can take place anywhere in Little Rock and Pulaski County. Further, they can take place at any time of day, ranging from rush hour traffic to the early hours of the morning. Some of the more dangerous intersections in the Little Rock area include:
- Bowman Road and Markham Street
- S. University Avenue and Asher Avenue
- Interstate 430 and S. Shackleford Road
- Chicot Road and Baseline Road
- W. 65th Street and S. University Avenue
What are the most common types of car accidents in Little Rock?
Various types of accidents frequently occur in Little Rock and throughout the US, including:
- Head-on collisions: This type of serious accident happens when two cars collide with each other head-on, meaning the fronts of each car crash into one another. These accidents can cause catastrophic injuries or death. They commonly occur when one car swerves into the lane of oncoming traffic.
- Rear-end accidents: Rear-end collisions commonly occur due to the driver not paying attention to the car in front of them (e.g., turning, slowing down, or suddenly stopping) or following too closely. Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents, especially rear-end accidents. Distracted driving includes texting, eating, or talking on the phone while driving, or doing anything else that might distract your eyes and attention from the road and your hands from operating your vehicle.
- T-bone accidents: T-bone accidents happen when one vehicle smashes into the side of another vehicle. This type of accident often happens if one driver runs a red light or stop sign or fails to abide by a traffic signal. If the driver hits the other vehicle on the side where someone is sitting, severe injuries and death can result.
- Left-turn accidents: Left-turn accidents can happen when drivers don’t properly gauge how much time they have to turn left, or another car is speeding as they are turning.
- Truck accidents: Due to a truck’s heaviness and size, cars involved in truck accidents are at significant risk of catastrophic damage, and the drivers often experience serious injuries. Truck accidents can happen for the same reasons as car accidents. Distracted driving, fatigue, and issues with the truck itself are among the top causes. Truck drivers are on the road for long hours and may lose control of their commercial vehicles due to excessive sleepiness, improper loading, or defects with the truck itself.
- Motorcycle accidents: Motorcyclists are inevitably at a higher risk of injuries or death because they don’t have the sides of a car surrounding them to protect them from the impact experienced in a motorcycle accident. Arkansas requires motorcyclists to wear helmets, but sometimes helmets aren’t enough to prevent serious injuries to motorcyclists.
- Bicycle accidents: Little Rock is a great city to ride your bike in to get around. Many tourist sites are close together, making for quick and easy access by bicycle. Bicyclists are at a high risk of injury, though, if involved in an auto accident for the same reasons as motorcyclists.
- Pedestrian accidents: Like bicycle accidents, pedestrians are extremely vulnerable to injuries or death if a negligent driver or motorist hits them. Little Rock has implemented specific rules for pedestrians to follow when walking along the city streets or standing at a crosswalk.
A personal injury lawyer can handle all types of auto accident claims and lawsuits. If another driver’s negligence caused your injuries, there are various steps you can take to ensure you can file a claim and receive financial compensation to help pay for your expenses following the accident.
What are the most common injuries after a car accident?
Car and other auto accidents can leave drivers and passengers with serious injuries, sometimes causing death. Common injuries include:
- Head injuries, including concussions
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
- Back and neck injuries, including soft tissue injuries
- Nerve damage
- Broken bones and fractures
- Crush injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Bruising, cuts, scrapes, lacerations, and puncture wounds
In a personal injury lawsuit, damages are not limited to physical injuries. You can also sue for emotional harm and property damages. Emotional injuries, also known as pain and suffering, are non-economic damages in a personal injury claim. Many states use a variable to determine how much compensation a car accident victim should receive for pain and suffering.
For example, some states use a variable of 1.5. In that instance, suppose the total amount of compensation paid to you for your economic damages (i.e., your monetary expenses, including medical expenses, hospital bills, lost wages, etc.) is $10,000. Then, your total amount of compensation for pain and suffering would be $25,000. The variable used to award non-economic damages can range anywhere from 1.5 to five and depends entirely on the specific facts of each case.
What are the long-term effects of car accident injuries?
You should always seek medical attention after a serious accident, even if you don’t immediately think you’re injured. Some injuries don’t appear for days or weeks after an accident. It’s crucial to have a medical professional evaluate you and write up a medical report. This medical report can later serve as evidence to support your claim. Some injuries are ongoing, requiring extensive medical treatment that can be costly. You may need compensation to help recoup some of these costs.
Common long-term effects of car accident injuries include:
- Chronic pain
- Back issues
- Brain issues
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
These long-term effects can affect you for the rest of your life. You should be able to seek the medical treatment you need to help heal and mitigate these long-term effects without having to worry about the accompanying costs.
Insurance companies attempt to make policyholders accept the lowest settlement offer possible. Our legal team understands how insurance companies proceed with negotiations. We have dealt with many insurance providers over many years. We know how to respond to these insufficient offers to ensure you receive fair compensation to treat your injuries adequately.
Properly evaluating your case and placing a fair valuation on your claim’s worth is essential to your long-term recovery.
What should I do after a car accident?
You can take many steps after a car accident to ensure you can file a claim and receive a fair settlement offer, including:
- Remain at the accident scene: You should never leave the scene of an accident. Arkansas law requires that you remain at an accident scene if there are injuries, property damage, or if someone died. Regardless of whether you believe you’re required to stay at the location where your accident happened, you should always remain. The accident scene will have vital evidence to support your claim, but you’ll need to take the time to collect it.
- Call 911: After you ensure that you, the other driver, and any passengers are safe, you should immediately call 911. The police will create a report, which you will need to support your insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.
- Gather as much evidence as you can: Take pictures of the accident scene and any property damage. Speak to the other party or parties involved and write down their information, including their name, phone number, email address, and insurance information. Don’t admit to any fault.
- Contact a personal injury law firm: Our car accident lawyers can evaluate your case, tell you the value of your claim, and guide you through every step of the legal process.
- Don’t accept a settlement until you consult with an attorney: Insurance companies care about their interests first and foremost and often attempt to provide you with as little compensation as possible to protect their bottom line. We understand how these companies operate, and we can use that knowledge to negotiate a fair offer.
By hiring legal representation, you can protect your legal rights and receive fair compensation to recover some or all of your damages.
Will I have to go to court?
Maybe, depending on the details of your case. If you don’t receive a fair settlement offer from the insurance company or the negligent party, you might have to go to court to fight for the compensation you deserve, especially if your injuries and damages are extensive.
Our personal injury attorneys at NST Law have extensive trial experience and often represent our clients in court proceedings. As a result, we can help our clients understand what’s happening throughout each step of the trial process. While most cases end up settling, it’s important to know how trials work and prepare to proceed to the courtroom if needed.
Before filing a complaint to initiate the trial proceedings, we sit down with our clients and discuss their legal rights and possible outcomes. Then, we draft the complaint to file in court and wait for the other party to either file a cross-complaint or an answer.
Once your attorney files the initial documents and the opposing party responds, you proceed to the discovery phase. During discovery, we ask the other party for evidence that can be useful to your case. We also provide the other party with the evidence they request.
Once discovery is complete, we present your case to a judge or jury and advocate for your rights, asserting why you’re entitled to compensation. Once we receive the court’s decision, if it’s unfavorable and there’s an error of law apparent, we have the option to appeal.
Do I have a case?
All car accident cases require the victim to prove the negligent party’s fault. To prove this, you need first to show that the other party owed you a duty of care. In most auto accident cases, you can easily confirm this since all drivers owe other drivers a duty of care to operate their vehicle carefully, follow all traffic signals and laws, and not endanger other people on the road.
Next, you need to prove the other driver breached that duty of care. You can do this by providing evidence showing the other driver engaged in an activity that they knew or should have known would endanger others. Examples can include distracted driving, driving under the influence, speeding, or any other reckless driving that caused the accident.
Third, you must show that the driver’s actions caused the accident, resulting in your injuries. Evidence to prove this point can include witness statements, expert statements, video footage, or photographs.
Finally, you have to show that you actually experienced injuries or property damage. Medical records before and after the accident and medical reports prepared by your treating physician detailing the extent of your injury and short- and long-term prognosis are crucial to satisfying this factor.
If you can prove the other driver was negligent, then you likely have a case. A car accident lawyer can help evaluate your case and make this determination based on their knowledge and experience. Our lawyers at NST Law are available for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case and possible legal options.
What if I was partially at fault for the car accident?
Arkansas follows an at-fault liability system with an add-on no-fault state option, meaning if you’re involved in a car accident and less than 50% at fault, then you can recover compensation for your injuries and damages from the at-fault driver. If you were more than 50% at fault, though, then you will not be able to recover anything from the other driver.
The add-on no-fault option allows drivers to purchase personal injury protection (PIP), enabling you to go to your own insurance company to receive compensation for your injuries after an accident. Additionally, Arkansas law doesn’t limit an injured person’s ability to sue the at-fault driver for financial compensation, regardless of the add-on coverage.
What if the other driver is uninsured?
Uninsured motorist coverage is not a requirement in Arkansas, but it’s a good idea to get this coverage if you’re involved in an accident with an uninsured motorist. Though your premiums will increase, the added coverage protects you should you suffer injuries or damages from an accident with an uninsured driver.
Are there special rules for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists in Little Rock?
Little Rock has specific rules for pedestrians accessing the roadways and motorcyclists operating their bikes in Little Rock, including:
Pedestrians: Under Little Rock Traffic laws, Article VII, pedestrians must use sidewalks when walking alongside streets. If no sidewalks are present, then they must walk along the adjacent roadway. These laws specifically address crosswalks, too, and were enacted after many pedestrian accidents occurred, prompting legislators to recognize the dangers of Little Rock roadways to pedestrians.
Bicyclists: Arkansas Code of 1987, Title 27, chapters 49 through 111 specifically addresses bicyclists, providing them with guidelines on which roads they can use and the specific directions in which they can travel. Arkansas law does not require adults or children to wear helmets when operating or riding on a bicycle. You should always opt to wear a helmet anyways to prevent severe and possibly deadly head injuries.
Motorcyclists: Arkansas law does not require any motorcyclist 21 or older to wear a helmet. Again, this creates a great risk for motorcyclists should they experience an accident, as helmets can prevent serious and sometimes life-threatening injuries.
What types of cases do NST car accident lawyers handle?
All car accident cases share a legal threshold for negligence. Our attorneys at NST have years of experience handling all types of personal injury claims regarding a showing of negligence. We can provide legal representation for you in the following types of car accident cases:
- Distracted driving accidents
- Texting while driving accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Rush hour accidents
- Uber accidents
- Lyft accidents
- Rental car accidents
- Speeding accidents
- Hit and run accidents
- Parking lot accidents
- Highway accidents
- Unsafe lane change accidents
- Failure to yield accidents
- Reckless driving accidents
- Intersection and stoplight accidents
Why should I hire a personal injury lawyer after a car accident?
A personal injury or car accident lawyer can advocate for you to receive the compensation you deserve. In addition, we can guide you throughout the entire legal process and answer any questions you might have to ease any concerns that might arise.
We recognize the stress and uncertainty involved in the aftermath of a car accident. Therefore, we put your best interests at the forefront to help ensure you get some relief from your mounting medical bills and that you have support throughout your recovery.
How do I choose a Little Rock car accident attorney that's right for me?
There are many attorneys and car accident law firms to choose from, but it’s important to choose one that you trust and that you’re comfortable with as they represent you. Take advantage of the free initial consultations that many law firms offer and ask the right questions to ensure the lawyer and the firm is the right fit for you.
You should find a law firm that offers honesty and transparency in its processes and a lawyer with excellent communication and listening skills that understands the facts of your case to represent you well. Ask the lawyer you speak with how much experience they have with cases similar to yours and how many fair settlements they’ve achieved with insurance companies. Also, ask what their current caseload is and how much time they have to devote to your case.
At NST Law, we are honest, compassionate lawyers. We want to help accident victims receive the compensation they deserve. Contact us now to understand how we can help you after an accident.
How long do I have to file a car accident lawsuit in Little Rock?
The statute of limitations or time restriction in Arkansas to file a personal injury claim is three years, meaning you have three years from the date of the accident and resulting injury to seek compensation. Before you initiate your car accident case, though, you need to gather all necessary evidence to support your claim. This process can be lengthy and complex. Our lawyers can help you collect what you need and ensure you file all documents on time.
The sooner you call us, the sooner we can get started to get you the compensation you need to recover and get back to your life.
How much compensation can I receive after a car accident in Little Rock?
It depends. Each case is different and evaluated based on its specific and individualized facts. For example, an insurance adjuster looks at the severity of your injuries, how long the recovery process will take or your short- and long-term prognosis, how long you need to be out of work, and if you’re no longer able to complete the job you had before the accident. Your case’s value also depends on the amount of pain and suffering you endure and any property damage resulting from the accident.
We evaluate each of these factors separately and together to value your claim properly so you know what to expect throughout settlement negotiations or following trial.
How much will a Little Rock car accident lawyer cost me?
Most personal injury law firms operate on a contingency fee basis. This fee structure means you don’t have to pay your lawyer, or your lawyer doesn’t collect their fee until you win your case or receive a fair settlement. Your lawyer will discuss the percentage they’ll take from your overall compensation to cover their fees and any costs before hiring them.
When should I contact an experienced Little Rock lawyer at NST Law?
You should contact one of our lawyers at NST Law as soon as possible after a car accident in Little Rock. The statute of limitations begins the date your injury happens. By contacting us early on, you can determine the next best steps and receive compensation sooner to help cover your recovery costs.
Contact one of our lawyers today for a free case evaluation, or fill out our contact form online so we can provide you with legal advice to help you understand your legal options and get you the compensation you deserve.