Little Rock Rental Car Accidents
Legal Representation for People Injured in Little Rock Car Wrecks
You probably do not think too much about rental cars while driving in Pulaski County. Like most people, the only time you probably do think about them is when you need to rent one from a car rental company like Avis, Budget, Alamo, Hertz, or Enterprise. In those moments when you need a rental car – whether you are traveling for vacation, going out of town for business, or needing a means of transportation while your vehicle is in the shop – they can be helpful and convenient. The opposite is true, however, if you are a victim seeking damages after a collision involving a rental car due to special considerations that must be taken into account. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries from a rental car accident that occurred in Little Rock, the Little Rock car accident lawyers of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz may be able to assist you in recovering economic and non-economic damages for your injuries and losses. We are a large regional personal injury law firm with more than 30 experienced attorneys, upwards of 120 committed support staff members, and over 30 years of experience in representing auto collision victims across the South.
Rental Cars, Permanent Injuries?
For the safety of themselves as well as other drivers, pedestrians, and other people on the road, it is important that people who are driving rental cars use reasonable care when driving. While the cars they are renting may be temporary for them, the injuries of rental car collisions can last a lifetime for victims. Unfortunately, many drivers do not drive safely, regardless of whether they are driving their own vehicle or a rental, and some motorists even exhibit riskier behavior when behind the wheel of a rental because they know it is not their personal vehicle, and thus, caution is thrown to the wind.
For example, you could be driving along Interstate 30 near the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s main campus – located at 2801 South University Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204 – when all of a sudden you are rear-end by a rental car whose driver is drunk. Normally, this driver would never get behind the wheel while intoxicated, but let’s say he chose to this time since it was a rental car and not his own car. After a rental car accident, it is wise to hire a car accident lawyer in the Little Rock area to simplify the legalities regarding rental cars, such as insurance coverage disputes, as well as help you validate your claim by identifying relevant evidence.
When you are pursuing compensation following a collision, you will likely have to show that the other driver breached a duty of reasonable care that he or she owed you, which caused you to sustain injuries. Once you have established negligence, thus proving liability, you can direct your attention to the damages aspect of your case. The compensatory damages you can be awarded depend on the nature and severity of your injuries and losses. If you suffered monetary losses, such as lost wages and medical bills, due to the collision, you can be awarded compensatory damages – specifically, economic damages. Non-economic damages, the other half of compensatory damages, attempt to quantify intangible losses and compensate accordingly. Intangible losses include loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and disfigurement.
Explore Your Options with an NST Attorney Today
For victims of rental car accidents, obtaining compensation can be an arduous undertaking. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our Little Rock attorneys can fight to make sure that you are rewarded the damages you deserve in a timely manner. Our firm helps victims of car wrecks in Little Rock, Jonesboro, Jackson, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Caruthersville, Hayti, Tupelo, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Meridian, and in other communities across Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky. Contact our office by calling us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to schedule a free consultation with a car crash lawyer. Give us the opportunity to show you 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.