Little Rock Pedestrian Accidents
Personal Injury Lawyers Serving Little Rock and Beyond
Pedestrian accidents are unfortunately common in large cities with busy roads and high traffic volume. Due to their size and weight disadvantage, a pedestrian is just no match for a vehicle, which means pedestrians often suffer serious or fatal injuries when these collisions occur. Even if the vehicle is traveling at a low speed, the pedestrian may suffer a disabling injury, requiring hospitalization, surgery, and costly medical bills. If you are a pedestrian who has hit by a car or truck, call our Little Rock pedestrian accident attorneys today for assistance in pursuing the compensation you deserve. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz has a skilled legal team of 30 attorneys and over 120 staff members, and we have vigorously represented the rights of accident victims in the South for more than 30 years.
Multiple Parties May Be Liable in a Pedestrian Accident
It can be difficult to determine who is at fault when a pedestrian is stuck by a motor vehicle. There is a common misconception that the pedestrian always has the right of way, but in reality either the driver of the vehicle or the pedestrian may be at fault, depending on the facts of the case. Was there a sidewalk? Was the pedestrian crossing in a crosswalk? Was the driver speeding? Did the driver maintain a safe lookout? If you are an injured pedestrian, it is important that you immediately seek the counsel of an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer in Little Rock who can investigate the facts of the collision and gather any available evidence or eyewitness testimony that helps to prove that the defendant is at fault for the accident. Many pedestrian accidents can be fatal, which means you will need a lawyer who also understands how Arkansas’ wrongful death law may apply.
What if the driver claims the pedestrian contributed to the collision by not walking in a designated crosswalk? What if the driver was also speeding? Arkansas law follows modified comparative negligence, which means that if the pedestrian was less than 50% at fault for the accident, then his or her comparative negligence will reduce the amount of compensation recovered. For example, if the pedestrian is deemed 10% responsible for the accident and the speeding driver is 90% at fault, then the pedestrian will still be able to recover from the speeding driver, but his or her recovery will be reduced by 10%. However, if the pedestrian is deemed to be 50% or more at fault for the accident, then he or she will be barred from recovery and receive no compensation at all from the driver.
In some instances, if the driver was on the job or driving a corporate vehicle, the employer may be vicariously liable for the driver’s negligence. This theory commonly applies to delivery vehicle accidents, for example. It is necessary to conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident in an effort to identify all potentially responsible parties. Failure to identify a defendant could result in the victim being unable to recover damages that he or she would otherwise be entitled to. This is where hiring a lawyer with experience handling personal injury cases in the Little Rock area can be beneficial.
Discuss Your Little Rock Pedestrian Accident with an Attorney Today
If you were struck by a vehicle while crossing the street, walking through a crosswalk, standing on the sidewalk, or otherwise minding your own business, you should immediately consult with one of the knowledgeable Little Rock pedestrian accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. Even if the other driver is alleging the wreck was partially your fault, you may still be able to seek compensation for your injuries under Arkansas’s comparative fault system. For a free consultation on your case, contact NST toll-free at 800-LAW-4004 or complete our online form. Our injury lawyers have recovered more than $1.5 billion in compensation for our clients. We represent people injured in Arkansas and throughout the South, including Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky.
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.