Little Rock Truck Accident Lawyers
Experienced Lawyers Helping Victims in Little Rock
Arkansas is one of the most common states that truck drivers drive through in the U.S. With multiple Fortune 500 companies in Arkansas and the intersection of Interstate 40 and Interstate 30 in Little Rock, thousands of drivers pass through Little Rock every day.
Unfortunately, with the high truck traffic in Little Rock, there’s a high truck accident crash rate. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a subset of the Department of Transportation, governs truck drivers and the trucking industry.
The FMCSA enforces certain regulations to prevent catastrophic accidents. The Arkansas Trucking Association, owned and governed by trucking companies and suppliers, works to protect and promote the trucking industry’s interests with state and federal regulators.
These rules can seem complex, and dealing with insurance companies after a truck accident can be stressful. Our Little Rock truck accident attorneys are here to help you. If a negligent truck driver caused an accident resulting in your injuries or damages, contact us today to understand your legal rights and determine if you have a valid compensation claim.
Little Rock Truck Accident Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that large truck accidents killed 3,903 people and injured 111,000 people in 2014. That year, in Arkansas, there were:
- 75 large trucks involved in fatal crashes
- 7 truck occupants who died in a single-vehicle truck crash
- 2 truck occupants who died in multiple-vehicle truck crashes
- 62 occupants of the other vehicles who died in truck crashes
- 7 non-occupants of a car that died in truck crashes
These statistics show that the people not in the truck are at the highest risk of injury or death.
Types of Truck Accidents in Little Rock
Accidents caused by semi-trucks are often caused by something beyond the driver’s control, including:
- Tire Blowout. When a tire is not properly inspected or replaced if worn or defective by either the driver or the trucking company, the tire will burst or rupture, causing the driver to lose control of the semi-truck and potentially crash into a nearby vehicle.
- Jackknife. This is when the trailer and the cab of the semi-truck fold in on themselves to create an angle rather than a straight line; this is typically caused by loss of traction of the wheels on slick roads or if the driver slams on the brakes.
- Blind Spots. Due to the length of the trailers on semi-trucks, the mirrors on the semi-truck are not always enough to see any drivers that the semi-truck is passing or that are passing the semi-truck.
- Rear-Ending. When a semi-truck is maneuvering down narrow or busy streets, their turns or actions might not be typical of someone driving a personal vehicle in the same situation, making it more likely that someone could rear-end them. A semi-truck also has a higher likelihood of rear-ending someone; the extra weight of semi-trucks makes it harder for a semi-truck to stop in the same amount of time that other vehicles could stop.
- Lost Load. When driving on the highway at high speeds, any bumps or dips in the road can knock items off of the trailer of a semi-truck. These lost items can force other drivers to swerve into other lanes or can collide with other vehicles, causing accidents with multiple cars but not always involving the semi-truck.
- Rollovers. Any sharp reactions or jerking around the semi-truck can shift the trailer’s weight, causing the driver to lose control of the semi-truck. Any time that the weight dramatically shifts on the semi-truck, there is a risk that it could cause the semi-truck to roll over.
Police reports also show that truck accidents are often the result of the long hours that truck drivers drive, driver fatigue, cell phone use and other common causes that are unique to truck drivers. No matter what type of accident you were involved in, NST Law has a team of truck accident lawyers that are here to provide you with the necessary information and legal advice you need to pursue a truck accident claim and receive the compensation you deserve.
Why are truck accidents more dangerous than regular car accidents?
With the increased weight, length, and height of semi-trucks, it’s more difficult for a driver to maintain or regain control of the semi-truck after making sudden movements to avoid another vehicle or an object in the road. Similar to car accidents, there are also things that the driver could have done or should not have done to prevent the accident.
Since the trucking industry is national and semi-trucks typically cross multiple state lines during one day, the minimum regulations usually occur at the federal level. However, laws also exist at the state and local levels to help ensure the utmost safety. The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration created the Trucking Portal, containing links to the different agencies regulating the trucking industry, including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The FMCSA’s regulations include:
- Routing regulations.
- Fees for registration and insurance on semi-trucks.
- Compliance with noise emission standards.
- Other issues specific to the trucking industry
Recent Truck Accidents in Little Rock
In January 2021, a Little Rock truck driver hit a tree in Saline County at Highway 5 and Harrison Road in Benton, killing the driver. He was driving east on the highway when he crossed the westbound traffic lane, leaving the road. The truck then hit the tree. Police reported that conditions were dry and clear at the time of the crash. In this case, experts believe that driver fatigue or substance use could have caused the accident.
In February 2021, a jack-knife semi-truck accident blocked parts of I-30 after the accident happened near Mile Marker 3.5, near exit 128. The roads were slick, leading to the accident. The police didn’t report any injuries. However, reporters warned that accidents like this could cause extreme delays and heavy traffic, possibly resulting in more incidents.
In February 2021, a semi-truck hit a police vehicle on Interstate 40 outside of Lonoke, AR. The police vehicle had stopped and had his emergency lights on in an attempt to warn drivers of heavy traffic on the highway. The semi-truck driver attempted to brake on the icy roadway, causing the trailer to jack-knife and hit the back of the state trooper vehicle. The vehicle spun into a tree line north of the Interstate, and the semi-truck driver left the scene after regaining control of the truck. The accident didn’t injure either driver.
In April 2021, a semi-truck accident injured a Little Rock man. The man was driving to work in Little Rock one morning when he rear-ended the large truck. He was pinned into the vehicle with his hand trapped behind the steering wheel and survived the accident with a fractured femur, broken left hand, and a broken bone in one arm. Unfortunately, the man didn’t have airbags in his car since they deployed in a prior accident, and he had not yet had them reinstalled.
In April 2021, a semi-truck hit a police SUV. A Conway police vehicle blocked traffic on Interstate 40 after a car sideswiped a vehicle hauling cows around 4:00 a.m. The cows were able to escape from the trailer and needed to be rounded up. The semi-truck driver drove into the side of the police vehicle despite the stopped traffic on the Interstate. Nobody was inside of the car, and nobody suffered injuries as a result of the semi-truck accident.
In May 2021, a semi-truck collided head-on with another vehicle, killing the other driver. The car was driving east on Highway 321 near Holland Bottom Farm in Cabot when the semi-truck, traveling the other direction, crossed the center line and hit the vehicle head-on. The accident occurred just after 6:00 a.m.
Highway 321 is a two-lane highway. Near the Holland Bottom Farm, many schools, churches, and businesses are also just off the highway, including the Centennial Bank Soccer Complex, Cabot Animal Support, Xertion Fitness, and others. With the presence of these businesses and schools along a two-lane highway that semi-trucks often utilize to reach their destinations, there’s a higher risk of dangerous car accidents involving semi-trucks due to increased traffic flow and limited roadway space.
These cases demonstrate the severity of truck accident injuries and the catastrophic outcomes that can occur when semi-trucks collide with smaller vehicles. If you suffered injuries or temporary or permanent disability or lost a loved one after a truck accident, you deserve compensation to ease the resulting financial burdens. We can evaluate your case and advise you on your legal options.
What if I was the victim of a truck accident in Little Rock?
Contact our Little Rock truck accident attorneys today to understand your legal rights if a negligent truck driver caused you or a family member injuries or other damages. In Arkansas, liability for your injuries resulting from the accident is not limited to just the semi-truck driver. Responsible parties can include the driver, the trucking company, the owner of the semi-truck, the manufacturer of the semi-truck parts, the cargo loaders, or anyone else involved in the shipping process that may share responsibility for your devastating losses.
Who can I hold liable in a truck accident in Little Rock?
In Arkansas, liability can be affected by the modified comparative fault rule found in Arkansas Code Annotated § 16-64-122. This law states that if the party claiming damages is less at fault than the other driver, then any damages that the claiming party is entitled to will be reduced proportionately according to the degree of their fault. However, if the claiming party has the fault of an equal or greater degree than the party the claim is against, the claiming party is barred from recovering any damages.
Under Arkansas law, the statute of limitations may bar your claim if you don’t initiate your lawsuit within the allowable period.
Never admit guilt to the other driver, the police officers writing the report, or the insurance companies. Speak with a Little Rock truck accident attorney today to determine your claim’s value, any accompanying fault, and impending deadlines that can affect your ability to sue for compensation.
How long do I have to file a truck accident lawsuit in Little Rock?
The statute of limitations is a law setting the maximum amount of time that someone has to file a lawsuit from the date of the accident. Under Arkansas Code Annotated § 16-56-105, plaintiffs must bring property damage and personal injury actions within three years of the accident date. In addition, family members of loved ones who died in an accident must initiate a wrongful death lawsuit within three years of the person’s death.
We can help you determine whether you still have time to assert your claim for compensation. Call us today to discuss pertinent deadlines for your truck accident case.
How can the Little Rock truck accident lawyers at NST Law help me?
Our legal team at NST Law has over 30 years of experience handling personal injury claims. We have obtained more than $1.5 billion on behalf of our clients, whether from a verdict, judgment, or settlement. Every settlement or verdict amount is different, depending on the severity of your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, or other damages suffered from the accident.
If a negligent truck driver injured you or you lost a family member as a result of a semi-truck accident, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Funeral expenses
- Financial support that the deceased could have provided
- Pain and suffering
Contact our legal team today for a free case evaluation.