Little Rock Pedestrians and Cyclists Hit by Trucks
Personal Injury Lawyers Fighting for Pedestrians and Cyclists Hit by Trucks in Little Rock
Truck drivers, like all drivers, have a responsibility to drive carefully in order to keep themselves and other people on the road safe, including pedestrians and cyclists. Unlike drivers in vehicles on the road, cyclists and pedestrians do not have materials separating them from motor vehicles in collisions. This lack of protection to mitigate the force of an impact increases their likelihood of sustaining dire, potentially life-threatening injuries in motor vehicle crashes, especially ones involving commercial trucks. If you or a loved one was a pedestrian or cyclist hit by a truck in Pulaski County, you should contact one of the Little Rock truck accident attorneys of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz today. Our large regional personal injury law firm, consisting of more than 30 lawyers and over 120 support staff members, has been representing trucking collision victims in Arkansas for more than 30 years.
Dangers Posed to Cyclists and Pedestrians by Trucks
If there is a pedestrian or cyclist within close proximity to a large truck, such as a tractor-trailer, semi truck, tanker truck, delivery truck, dump truck, commercial truck, or tanker truck, there is the potential for them to be hit by the truck. For example, you could be walking near the William J. Clinton Library and Museum, located at 1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201, and get hit by a negligent truck driver. Negligence usually plays a key contributing role in these accidents, whether it is distracted driving, driving while fatigued, intoxicated driving, or some other negligent action. When pursuing compensation for your injuries and losses after a collision in Pulaski County, you will likely have to establish negligence, and it could rest on the shoulders of the truck driver, trucking company, broker, or another party involved.
Establishing the negligence of the truck driver can be done by showing that the truck driver owed you a duty of reasonable care, breached that duty, and caused you to suffer injuries as a result. In addition to the truck driver, a pedestrian or cyclist hit by a truck may be able to hold the trucking company liable for the accident as well. Unfortunately, most trucking companies do not easily concede liability. That is one of the many reasons why you should hire an experienced trucking collision lawyer in the Little Rock area as soon as possible. An attorney with experience in trucking litigation will be able to develop a strategy towards protecting your legal rights and gathering the evidence needed to be successful in your case.
The nature and severity of your injuries and losses may entitle you to compensatory damages. Economic damages and non-economic damages are two types of compensatory damages. For your monetary losses stemming from the collision, which may include lost earning capacity, medical bills, and lost wages, you may be awarded economic damages. Non-economic damages attempt to quantify the intangible losses and compensate accordingly. Intangible losses include loss of enjoyment of life, disfigurement, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering. While these damages may be obtained in any auto accident case, they are particularly relevant in cases involving injured pedestrians or cyclists that suffer traumatic injuries.
Let Our Arkansas Attorneys Help You with Your Truck Accident Case
When pedestrians and cyclists are hit by trucks, they can be left with life-threatening injuries that may be permanent and debilitating. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, we are committed to fighting for the compensation you deserve and need in order to put your life back together. Our firm represents pedestrians and cyclists hit by trucks 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. Contact us today by completing our online form or calling 800-529-4004 for a free consultation. If you need a truck wreck attorney to represent you, 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.