Little Rock Car Accident FAQs
Dedicated Accident Lawyers Serving Little Rock and Surrounding Areas
Car accidents can happen anywhere, at any time. As the capital city of Arkansas, Little Rock sees a great deal of motor vehicle traffic each day. The sheer amount of traffic alone makes the likelihood of being involved in an auto accident real to all drivers and pedestrians. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our law firm has over 30 years of experience helping victims of car accidents get fairly compensated for their injuries. If you have been involved in an auto accident in Little Rock, you likely have many questions and here are some common questions and answers. If you want to speak with a Little Rock car accident attorney now, call us toll-free at 800-529-4004.
A: In Arkansas, what your car accident case is worth depends on many factors. You could be entitled to both economic and non-economic damages if you successfully prove liability against the at-fault driver. The actual amount of a settlement or jury verdict varies on a case by case basis. In Arkansas, economic damages consist of medical bills, lost wages, lost earning capacity and other losses to which a specific dollar amount may be placed. Non-economic damages on the other hand are not as easy to quantify, and they consist of losses such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life. Our attorneys are experienced in working to maximize both economic and non-economic damages for Little Rock crash victims.Q: How soon must I bring my claim in Arkansas?
A: In the State of Arkansas, there is a statute of limitations for auto accident claims, including bodily injury claims and property damage claims. The statute of limitations for a car accident case in Arkansas is three years from the date of the accident. The clock starts ticking immediately, and the early phases of a case are critical in terms of investigating, speaking with witnesses, and identifying evidence such as video footage. A knowledgeable attorney who handles car accident cases in Little Rock will ensure that your claim is not time-barred by the applicable statute of limitations or any other legal deadlines.
A: To win a car accident claim, you likely need to prove the at-fault driver’s negligence. Negligence is a legal term that has a different definition in each state. In Arkansas, negligence is often defined as conduct that falls below a standard established for the protection of others against unreasonable risk of harm. In the context of automobile accidents, driving in an unsafe manner is often enough to establish negligence. In Little Rock and Pulaski County, common examples of negligent behavior include driving while drunk, texting while driving, speeding, failing to yield, and distracted driving.
A: After an accident, the other driver may try to blame you, and his or her insurance company could too in order to limit what they have to pay you. If you are partially to blame for the auto accident, you may still be entitled to compensation. Arkansas follows the law of modified comparative fault, which allows you to be compensated for your damages as long as you are less than 50 percent at fault. Any award will be reduced by the amount of fault that is placed upon you. However, if you are found to be 50 percent or more at fault for the accident you will not be compensated for your damages. The strict burden of proof highlights the importance of having skilled legal representation on your side.
A: You may have to go to court if your case does not settle. Most personal injury cases are settled outside of court, but there are instances in which litigation is necessary. If an insurance adjuster fails to make a fair settlement offer on your case, our firm is equipped with the necessary resources to file a lawsuit and proceed to trial before a judge or jury. We also have the resources to consult with qualified expert witnesses to assist in proving liability and damages, including accident reconstruction experts, medical experts, and economists.
A: Don’t be ashamed if you cannot afford an attorney at the time of your auto accident. Car wrecks in Little Rock can upend the victim’s life, causing that person to incur costly medical bills and miss work. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz handles car accident cases in Little Rock on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not have to pay anything upfront for our services, and we only receive an attorney fee if we are successful in obtaining an award for you. Whether you believe that your case will go to trial or not, it is important to have an experienced car accident attorney in the Little Rock area guiding you through the process, and we are able to do that for clients at no upfront cost.
Speak to an Experienced Arkansas Attorney About Your Car Wreck Today
No matter your circumstances, the car accident lawyers of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can advise you on your rights. Our team of over 30 injury lawyers and more than 100 support staff members is committed to handling cases from start to finish. We represent injured people throughout the Little Rock area, including North Little Rock, Conway, Benton, Bryant, Jacksonville, Maumelle, Pine Bluff, and communities nearby. Contact our car and truck accident attorneys toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by using our online form to set up a free consultation. After speaking with our team, you will see why 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.