Little Rock Driver Fatigue Car Accidents
Lawyers Fighting for Motor Vehicle Crash Victims in Little Rock
Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 out of every 25 adults will fall asleep while driving within a given 30-day period? Driver fatigue is a growing issue across the United States, and Little Rock is no exception. Driving while fatigued can cause a driver to act similarly to a driver who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, with side effects being delayed reaction times and impaired judgment. If you have been hurt in a driver fatigue car accident, a Little Rock car accident attorney can assess the facts of your situation and devise a strategy geared towards helping you recover compensation for your losses, including physical injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz is a large regional personal injury law firm, and we have been serving accident victims for more than 30 years.
Driver Fatigue Leads to Auto Accidents
For many people, driving while fatigued is a choice. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get between 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. Those who only sleep a few hours and then get behind the wheel run the risk of driving while drowsy. Drivers who work late-night shifts are also susceptible to this. For other people, however, driver fatigue is brought about by medical conditions like sleep apnea or other sleep disorders. Certain medications can produce side effects such as drowsiness.
If you were injured in a car accident in Arkansas, you will need to establish the responsible driver’s negligence in order to recover compensation for your losses. Common warning signs of driver fatigue include yawning, dozing off, and drifting between lanes or off the side of the road. In driver fatigue car accidents, it is critical to conduct a thorough investigation into the accident to uncover the evidence needed to successfully prove negligence.
For example, let’s say you were driving on East Broadway Street in Little Rock, approaching the intersection at Locust Street. At the same time, another driver is traveling in the opposite direction on East Broadway Street and approaching your vehicle. Assume it is 7:00 a.m. and you are on your way to work, but the other driver is just getting off of a 12-hour night shift. The other driver is tired, and as a result veers across the center line and strikes you head on. Investigating the wreck can uncover evidence to help you meet your burden of proof. For instance, a witness may have noticed the defendant exhibiting visible signs of fatigue. Discovery could reveal that the defendant was overworked and unable to maintain a proper sleep schedule. A skilled car wreck lawyer in the Little Rock area can assist you in gathering the proof needed to assert your claim.
Call NST for a Free Consultation on Your Car Wreck Case
Driver fatigue car accidents are not to be taken lightly. They have the ability to flip the victim’s world upside down in just a matter of seconds. Call our Little Rock lawyers today to learn how we may be able to assist you become made whole from the accident, as if it never happened in the first place. This process can include pursuing damages such as medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, property damage, and other forms of compensation. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz represents 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 our office at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form to find out how our auto accident lawyers may be able to assist you. 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.