Little Rock Trucks Carrying Hazardous Materials
Tractor-Trailer Collision Lawyers Assisting Victims in the Little Rock Area
Trucks carrying hazardous materials pose a great risk to other drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and bystanders, so it is important for truck drivers transporting hazardous materials to use caution at all times. All it takes is a moment of inattention for a truck driver to cause a collision, and a mere fender bender can be enough to release the hazardous materials inside – hazardous materials which could be toxic, flammable, explosive, corrosive, or radioactive. If such hazardous contents were to get out, it could mean catastrophe for those directly involved in the accident and anyone nearby the site of the crash. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries from a trucking collision in which the truck was transporting hazardous materials, you should reach out to the Little Rock truck accident attorneys of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. We may be able to help you bring a lawsuit against the truck driver and their employer and fight for you to recover compensation for your injuries and losses.
Collisions Involving Trucks Carrying Hazardous Materials in Pulaski County
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) dictates many aspects of the trucking world, including the standards for truck drivers and their employers. State laws also play a role in regulations involving commercial trucks. Truck drivers transporting hazardous materials are also required to be licensed with an “H” endorsement and trained on how to safely transport hazardous materials. Even with all of these regulations in place and the dangers of hazardous materials known, negligence still occurs and often results in trucking collisions. Negligence can range from driving while fatigued or distracted driving to drunk driving or reckless driving. Following a collision with this type of truck, the road or interstate could be shut down for hours, if not longer.
For example, let us say that you are driving on Interstate 630 in Little Rock. To your right is a tanker truck transporting gasoline. The tanker truck driver is talking on his cell phone, and does not appear to be aware that his truck is swerving into your lane. Within seconds, the truck has collided with your vehicle. You have sustained serious injuries from the accident, and you are covered in gasoline that is leaking from the tanker truck’s tank, causing your eyes to burn and your skin to become inflamed.
In order to recover economic and non-economic damages from the truck driver, you will need to show that the truck driver breached his duty of reasonable care that he owed you, which caused you to sustain injuries. Dealing with large trucking companies can be tricky, so you should consider retaining an experienced trucking accident lawyer in the Little Rock area to help you hold the truck driver’s employer liable as well and maximize your recovery. You may be able to recover damages for medical bills, time off from work, and pain and suffering. Further, damages may be awarded for permanent scarring or burns caused by chemicals being transported by the truck. As you can see, legal representation can make all the difference in a case.
Hire a Knowledgeable Trucking Crash Attorney in Little Rock
It is bad enough when you are involved in an accident with a commercial truck. The situation is only exacerbated when that truck that collided with you was also transporting hazardous materials. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our Little Rock lawyers understand the gravity of collisions involving trucks carrying hazardous materials. That is why our firm has been diligently fighting on behalf of trucking accident victims for more than 30 years. Our firm serves injured people in Little Rock, Jonesboro, Jackson, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Caruthersville, Hayti, Tupelo, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Meridian, and in other communities throughout Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky. To schedule a free appointment with a truck wreck attorney, complete our online form or call us today toll-free at 800-529-4004. Allow us 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.