Little Rock Chain Reaction Accidents
Attorneys Fighting for Auto Accident Victims in Little Rock
Chain reaction accidents occur when multiple cars are involved in an accident that stems from the negligence of one or more drivers. Often, those involved in chain reaction accidents feel not one, but sometimes multiple impacts before the accident is over, and as one can imagine, multiple impacts cause multiple opportunities for injury. Chain reaction accident cases can be complex, especially if multiple drivers are pointing the finger at each other. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our Little Rock car accident lawyers have handled thousands of automobile accident cases over the last 25+ years, and we take pride in fighting for the rights of injured victims.
Proving Liability After a Chain Reaction Accident
The first question that always comes to mind when a chain reaction accident occurs is who is going to be responsible. Is it the person who hit you? Is it the person who hit the person who hit you? Arkansas law states the plaintiff has the legal burden of proving liability in such a case.
Many times, multiple parties could be held liable for the injuries you sustained. Chain reaction accidents bring with them complexities that you do not see in a standard two-car accident. First, multiple parties are involved. This could lead to multiple defendants as well as multiple injured people. Second, with multiple vehicles, there can be multiple insurance companies involved. The argument can then become which insurer is responsible for paying you for your injuries or, which percentage of fault rests with each of their insureds. As you can see, chain reaction cases are often difficult to navigate without sufficient legal experience.
As with any car accident, you will have to prove that another person or persons acted negligently in order to obtain compensation for medical bills and other losses. Under Arkansas, victims must establish the following:
- Breach of that duty (such as speeding, texting while driving, running a stop sign, etc.)
- Direct and proximate causation
The most common example of a chain reaction accident is a three-car rear-end accident where Car A rear-ends Car B, pushing Car B into Car C. Let’s say Car C was on West 9th Street in Little Rock and slowed down while approaching a red light at Broadway Street. Assume Car B did not notice that the light was turning red and slammed on its brakes to avoid hitting you. Car A, looking down while texting, was not able to stop in time and crashed into Car B, who then hit Car C. Here, Cars A and B may point the finger at each other. Car B can argue that Car A should not have been following too closely, but Car A could claim that Car B slammed on its brakes without warning. This highlights the importance of retaining an experienced car accident lawyer in the Little Rock area who can sift through the facts and help you prove fault.
Hire a Little Rock Attorney Today
After any accident, it is very important to call 911 so the police can begin their investigation into what happened, speak with the parties involved, and take necessary photographs and measurements. After that, a personal injury lawyer can help protect your rights. If you or a loved one has been injured in a chain reaction accident, our Little Rock attorneys are ready to speak with you today. We represent auto and truck wreck victims and their families across Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and Mississippi, including in Little Rock, Jonesboro, Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Nashville, Caruthersville, Hayti, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Tupelo, Meridian, and Jackson. Call us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form to set up a free consultation with an automobile crash attorney today. NST is the way to go.
Most car accidents are preventable and occur as a result of errors by one or more drivers. To prove liability, you will need to establish by a preponderance of the evidence that the driver owed you a duty of care, which was breached, and that your injuries resulted from the driver’s carelessness. Damages that may be available in these cases often include medical expenses, lost income, mental anguish, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.
Truck drivers are required to follow numerous detailed regulations, including rules related to hours of service, keeping a logbook, and maintenance procedures. Many of these regulations are intended to protect other people on the road from harm. In some states, if a driver violated a law that was enacted to protect the public, the violation can create a rebuttable presumption of negligence. Trucking companies are also required to follow a number of regulations, including rules related to background checks of drivers and proper supervision. They often may be held directly or indirectly liable for a truck accident.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates applications for disability benefits. Although many people pay into this system throughout their lives, many legitimate claims are initially denied, and this process may be less straightforward than claimants expect. The SSA uses a five-step sequential evaluation to determine whether to grant benefits to an applicant. Each step is considered in a set order. We can present your case in a persuasive manner and help you appeal a denial of a meritorious claim if needed. This could include representing you in a hearing before an administrative law judge.
Workers’ compensation functions slightly differently in each state. In Tennessee, for example, businesses that employ five or more employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you are injured on the job, you may recover benefits, such as medical costs and disability. Neither your employer’s nor your own culpability for your injuries will prevent you from collecting these benefits. However, it may still be a struggle to obtain benefits from your employer’s insurer. We can help you navigate this challenging process.
If you were harmed by a health care professional’s failure to use the appropriate level of care in providing treatment to you, you may be able to recover compensation. Most medical malpractice lawsuits require retaining an expert to determine the accepted standard of care and explain what the defendant did that fell short of this standard, as well as how the inappropriate conduct caused the patient’s injuries.
When you buy a toy, car, medication, or other product, you do not expect to be hurt. If you are injured, you may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit. There are three types of defects that may be actionable: manufacturing, design, and marketing (also known as failure to warn). Manufacturers may be held accountable under multiple different theories, including strict liability, negligence, breach of warranty, and concealment. For example, if you take a drug that causes you to develop cancer, but you were not told that a potential side effect of the drug was developing cancer, you may have grounds to hold the manufacturer strictly liable for its failure to warn you of the risk.
Nursing home residents are often elderly or disabled, and thus they are especially vulnerable to neglect, physical abuse, and exploitation by staff members. Unfortunately, many nursing homes are understaffed or employ staff members who are inadequately trained to deal with potentially frustrating situations. Nursing homes are required to protect their residents from physical, mental, and emotional harm by providing a safe environment, as well as adequately training and supervising staff. A failure to do so may be grounds for a nursing home negligence lawsuit for damages.
Property owners have a duty to keep their property reasonably safe. In most situations, this includes an obligation to inspect the property for dangerous conditions and fix them or provide warnings about them so that visitors are not harmed. One type of dangerous condition, which may present a particular problem in apartment complexes or shopping centers, consists of inadequate security measures such as broken locks, poor lighting, or a lack of security guards. A failure to take security measures when appropriate may allow third-party criminals to assault, rob, rape, or otherwise harm visitors and tenants. You may be able to recover damages if you can prove that the defendant knew or should have known about a history of attacks similar to yours and taken appropriate security measures to reduce the risk of further incidents.
Consult a Personal Injury Lawyer in Memphis or the Surrounding Regions
If you are dealing with a devastating injury or medical condition, the Memphis personal injury attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can evaluate and explain your options. Our firm has 30 attorneys and more than 100 staff members, and we serve injured people in many areas of Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky, including Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a personal injury, workers’ compensation, or Social Security Disability lawyer. Once you have learned more about our vigorous advocacy for the rights of the injured, you will realize that NST is the way to go.