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Pedestrian Accident Lawyers in Little Rock, AR

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Pedestrian accidents can have life-altering consequences, leaving victims with severe physical and emotional injuries. A pedestrian accident lawyer in Little Rock, AR, can help you move forward after such a traumatic incident. NST Law is dedicated to providing quality legal representation to those injured while walking in the Little Rock area.

Pedestrian accidents are unfortunately common in large cities with busy roads and high traffic volume. People are at a significant weight and weight disadvantage compared to cars, which means pedestrians often suffer serious or fatal injuries when these collisions occur.

Even if a vehicle is moving slowly, a pedestrian may suffer a disabling injury, requiring hospitalization, surgery, and costly medical bills. If you are a pedestrian struck by a car or truck, call our pedestrian accident lawyers in Little Rock, AR, today for assistance in pursuing the compensation you deserve.

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Why Choose Our Pedestrian Accident Lawyers in Little Rock, AR?

At NST Law, we proudly represent pedestrians injured in accidents in Little Rock and beyond. Our law firm has a skilled legal team of 30 attorneys and over 120 staff members, and we have vigorously represented accident victims throughout the South for over 30 years.

As champions for the injured, we aim to ensure that those injured because of someone else’s negligence receive the maximum compensation they’re entitled to for their losses.

Our verdicts and settlements in pedestrian accident cases include $639,000 for a 76-year-old woman struck by a vehicle in a parking lot, $178,463 for a pedestrian struck by an uninsured motorist, and $1,000,000 for a client hit by a commercial concrete truck in a gas station parking lot. These cases demonstrate the level of success we strive to achieve for every client.

What To Do After a Little Rock Pedestrian Accident

Your steps immediately after a pedestrian accident can significantly impact your case’s results. If a vehicle has struck you while you were walking, try to do the following:

Once you’ve taken these steps, your attorney will take it from there. Your lawyer will investigate the accident, gather evidence, evaluate any insurance policies involved, and negotiate with the insurance companies for a fair settlement. They’ll also file any paperwork, file a lawsuit, and advocate for you in court. 

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Little Rock

Pedestrian accidents can occur for numerous reasons, with some of the most common causes including:

  • Distracted driving: Drivers who are texting, talking, or otherwise distracted may fail to notice pedestrians crossing the street or walking in crosswalks.
  • Speeding: When a driver travels faster than the posted speed limit, it reduces their reaction time and increases the likelihood of hitting a pedestrian.
  • Poor visibility: Low light, fog, rain, or snow can make it difficult for drivers to spot pedestrians on crosswalks or sidewalks. Larger vehicles, such as trucks and SUVs, may also be unable to see pedestrians due to their height.
  • Intoxicated driving: Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs have impaired judgment and reflexes and may not be able to react quickly enough to avoid hitting a pedestrian.
  • Vehicle malfunction: Defective brakes, tires, or other mechanical failures may contribute to pedestrian accidents.
  • Pedestrian error: Pedestrians may also be responsible if they fail to use a crosswalk or ignore other safety precautions.

Many of these factors are preventable. If a person drives their vehicle negligently, recklessly, or with disregard for safety, they may be held liable for the pedestrian’s injuries.

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 and gather any available evidence or eyewitness testimony that helps to prove that the defendant is at fault for the accident. Many pedestrian accidents are fatal, in which case you will need a lawyer who understands how Arkansas’ wrongful death law may apply.

Multiple Parties May Be Liable in a Little Rock Pedestrian Accident

Determining who is at fault for pedestrian accidents can be difficult. There is a common misconception that the pedestrian always has the right of way—in reality, though, either the vehicle’s driver 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?

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 a comparative negligence system, meaning a pedestrian can recover compensation if they are less than 50 percent at fault for the accident. However, their compensation will be reduced in proportion to their share of the fault. 

For example, if the pedestrian is 10 percent responsible for the accident and the driver is 90 percent at fault, the pedestrian will be able to recover 90 percent of their damages. However, if the pedestrian is 50 percent or more at fault for the accident, they will be barred from recovery and receive no compensation 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 thoroughly investigate the accident’s circumstances to identify all potentially responsible parties.

Failure to identify a defendant could leave the victim unable to recover the damages to which they are entitled. So, hiring a lawyer with experience handling personal injury cases in the Little Rock area can be beneficial.

Types of Damages You May Receive in a Pedestrian Accident Case

The primary goal of a pedestrian accident claim is to obtain compensation for the losses—known as damages—caused by the collision. Common types of damages recoverable in a successful personal injury case include the following:

  • Medical expenses, such as hospital bills, physical therapy, prescription medications, and medical equipment
  • Lost wages if the victim was unable to work due to their injuries
  • Loss of earning capacity if the victim is unable to return to their prior career
  • Pain and suffering, including physical pain from injuries sustained in the accident
  • Emotional distress, such as debilitating fear or anxiety

There are also damages available for the victim’s surviving family members if the pedestrian accident results in a fatality. These may include funeral and burial expenses, loss of financial support, and loss of companionship.

FAQs About Pedestrian Accident Claims in Arkansas

It’s natural to have questions about how pedestrian accident claims work in Arkansas. Our attorneys have answered a few of the most common questions below.

Yes. In Arkansas, most personal injury lawsuits must be filed within three years of the accident. This deadline is known as the statute of limitations. You must file your claim before the deadline passes to avoid being barred from obtaining compensation for your injuries.

You have the right to pursue a claim on your own, but we highly recommend that you enlist the help of an experienced pedestrian accident attorney in Little Rock, AR. Insurance companies will do everything in their power to reduce or deny your claim, and having an attorney on your side can make a significant difference in the compensation you can recover.

Most personal injury cases—including pedestrian accident claims—settle out of court. However, there are cases where a trial is necessary. This may happen when the other party or their insurance company refuses to negotiate a fair settlement. If this happens, your attorney can take your case to trial and present their argument before a judge or jury.

Contact Our Pedestrian Accident Lawyers in Little Rock, AR 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 NST Law.

Even if the other driver alleges 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 at 501-435-0000 or complete our online form. We work on a contingency basis, meaning we only collect a fee if we secure compensation for you, and there are no upfront costs.

NST Law Attorneys Corey Trotz and Alex Saharovich

Contact us for a free consultation now so that we can review your case and decide how we can best help you.

Our Little Rock Office
WEST LITTLE ROCK OFFICE

4 Shackleford Plaza Suite 211
Little Rock, AR 72211

Phone: 501-381-3391
Fax: 501-891-5036

Downtown Office

425 W Capitol Ave, Ste. 780
Little Rock, AR 72201

Phone: 501-435-0000
Fax: 501-406-1849

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"They stayed with my case until everything was resolved. My situation was complicated and they ensured things were in check from start to finish."
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"From start to finish it was a good experience. They listened and handled my case with compassion and care. I highly recommend them."
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"I was involved in a auto accident with my mother and she suggested NST to handle the case for us. Everything was handled professionally and in a timely manner."
Client Successes
$3,000,000.00
Obtained in tractor-trailer accident case for a husband and wife that suffered traumatic injuries.
$2,200,000.00
Recovered in car accident case against construction company in which our client suffered a traumatic brain injury.
$1,500,000.00
Received for a woman injured in car accident while on the job, who sustained numerous fractures and underwent several surgeries.
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