Little Rock Hydroplane Car Accidents
Attorneys Assisting Motor Vehicle Collision Victims in Little Rock
Rainfall can make for dangerous road conditions. The same is true for other liquids that may cover the road due to a spill or leak. When roads are wet, it is easier for the wheels of a car to become separated from the road by the water or other liquid on the road. In situations where this separation occurs, wheels lose traction and can cause the car to subsequently skid. This is known as hydroplaning. When a car hydroplanes, there is the chance of a nearby vehicle being hit. Such collisions often leave victims with excruciating pain. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a hydroplane car accident, the Little Rock car accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are ready to talk with you about your case and see how we may be able to best help you. We are a large regional personal injury law firm that is dedicated to serving people injured in Arkansas and throughout the South as we have done for over 30 years.
Hydroplaning: What Can Happen When Wheels Separate from the Road
When a vehicle hydroplanes and collides into another vehicle, the victims can be left with severe injuries. However, proper tire maintenance and driving accordingly, e.g. reducing one’s speed, in such conditions can prevent hydroplaning from occurring in the first place. Unfortunately, not all drivers take appropriate measures to avoid hydroplaning. Negligence is what causes many instances of hydroplaning. For example, some drivers are too distracted or too fatigued to use reasonable care while driving, making them susceptible to hydroplaning. Cell phone use while driving, drunk driving, aggressive driving, speeding, and texting while driving are other forms of negligence that can contribute to hydroplane collisions.
Let us say, for example, that you are driving on Interstate 30 in Pulaski County. It has been raining all day, so many roads are flooded or slick at the very least. A driver in the lane adjacent to you is fatigued and struggling to stay awake. Due to the driver’s fatigue, he fails to slow down. Instead, he accidentally speeds up. Within moments, his vehicle hits a pool of water and begins hydroplaning. He ends up swerving and colliding with your vehicle. As a result, you and your passengers must be rushed by MetroEMS to Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock at 9601 Baptist Health Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205.
The injuries that you sustain from a hydroplane car accident can be grounds for bringing a claim against the other driver. In order to recover damages, you must establish the other driver’s negligence by proving that the other driver owed you a duty of reasonable care, breached that duty, and caused you to sustain injuries. An car accident attorney in the Little Rock area not only can help you validate your claim, but can also inform you of the damages to which you may be entitled, such as economic and non-economic damages. If the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier refuses to make a fair offer, it may be necessary to file a lawsuit and engage in discovery.
Call NST for a Free Consultation Following an Accident in Little Rock
Hydroplane car accidents can have devastating effects on victims – changing their lives within a matter of seconds. The personal injury law firm of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz is committed to fighting for people injured in such accidents, so that they can recover the damages they need and deserve. Our firm represents victims across Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky, including in Little Rock, Jonesboro, Jackson, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Caruthersville, Hayti, Tupelo, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, and Meridian. Contact us today by calling us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to schedule a free appointment with a car crash lawyer. Allow us to show you why NST is the way to go if you need a Little Rock lawyer.
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.