Little Rock Truck Accidents
Big Rig Crash Lawyers Helping Victims in Little Rock and the Surrounding Areas
Accidents involving semi-trailer trucks, also known as tractor-trailers or 18-wheelers, are perhaps the most likely type of motor vehicle accident to result in serious, catastrophic injury or death. The size and weight of these trucks translate into an impact force that can completely obliterate any other vehicle that they come into contact with on the road, including SUVs, sedans, and motorcycles. Our Little Rock truck accident attorneys have experience handling these cases. For victims lucky enough to survive a truck accident, the violence of the impact may nonetheless leave them with permanent injuries and tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars in medical bills for extensive treatment. Given the volume of semi-trailer traffic in Little Rock, Arkansas and the surrounding areas, the danger of being involved in a collision is very real. If you have been injured in an accident involving a semi-trailer, know that you can turn to Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz for help. That experience has given our firm the legal and practical knowledge necessary to help protect your legal rights.
Putting the Pieces Together to Establish Your 18-Wheeler Wreck Case
As with other types of motor vehicle accidents, a person injured in a truck accident has to prove that the driver of the truck negligently caused the accident and their injuries. To do so, the victim must establish the legal elements of duty, breach, causation, and damages. The proof necessary to establish those elements can come from many sources – police reports, witness statements, video footage or audio recording, deposition testimony, and even trial testimony, to name a few. However, in truck wreck cases, there is also a wealth of information to be found in the logbooks that the truckers and their employers must maintain under the regulations promulgated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). An experienced truck accident attorney in the Little Rock area will know how to find the proof that you need to build your case and what steps to take to preserve any proof that might be in the hands of the defendant truck driver or his employer to prevent spoliation of such evidence.
Taking the Fight to Negligent Trucking Companies
Another important issue in truck accident cases is the potential liability on the part of the company that employs the defendant truck driver whose negligence caused the impact. This type of liability is called vicarious liability, and it is based on the idea that companies should be held responsible for the consequences of their employees’ actions when their employees are acting within the course and scope of their employment. However, building a case against a truck driver’s employer is not as easy as one might assume. Often, the company that employs the trucker will argue that the driver is an independent contractor, or that the driver was not acting within the course and scope of his or her employment at the time of the accident. If the company is successful in making those arguments, they could escape liability completely. At that point, you would be looking to recover only from the trucker and his or her auto insurance carrier (assuming he has one), and that could put you in a situation where there are not enough assets available to compensate you for the full extent of your losses.
Discuss Your Case with Our Little Rock Truck Accident Lawyers Today
As the largest personal injury firm based in Tennessee, we can represent people who need a car accident attorney or guidance in cases arising from truck accidents, medical malpractice, defective products, inadequate security, dog bites, or nursing home neglect, among other situations. You can reach us 24/7, and we are available to meet with you anywhere that you choose.
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.