Little Rock Car Accident Attorneys
Protecting the rights of those injured in car accidents throughout Arkansas
Car accidents are too common of an occurrence. Even in our modern times which include cars equipped with forward collision sensors, automatic braking and technology that will keep your car from wandering out of your lane when you are so distracted or drowsy that the car begins to drift. Car accidents cost people their lives, or injuries so serious that they will be unable to work or participate in their daily lives.
At Bailey & Greer, PLLC, our Little Rock car accident attorneys are here to protect your rights when you have been injured because of the negligence of another driver. You are welcome to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case, and you never need worry about paying a retainer up front because you do not pay attorney fees until we have recovered compensation for you.
Arkansas traffic crash statistics The Arkansas State Police reports that there were 447 fatal traffic crashes in 2018 with 492 fatalities. Throughout the United States there were an estimated 7,277,000 police-reported traffic crashes according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which resulted in 37,461 fatalities, which is less that the population of Pine Bluff, but more than the number of residents of Hot Springs, Arkansas. and about 3,144,000 injuries.
Seat belt safety in Arkansas
Children under age 15 are required to wear a seat belt or be restrained appropriately for their age and weight. Adults are required to wear a seat belt only if they are seated in the front seat. If a child is younger than age six, or weighs less than 60 lbs., the must be restrained in an approved child safety seat. The Arkansas seat belt law is a primary one, which means that a law enforcement officer can pull your vehicle over and issue a citation because they noticed that the vehicle occupants were not wearing seatbelts. The maximum fine for a seat belt violation is $25, and every passenger in the vehicle not wearing a seat belt can be fined.
What causes car accidents in Little Rock?
Whether from drinking and driving, distracted driving or speeding, the one factor most responsible for traffic crashes is driver error, which shows up in many forms. The following are a few examples of the causes of car accidents in Arkansas and throughout the United States:
- Drunk Driving
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive/reckless driving
- Drowsy driving
- Defective automotive parts
- Driver inexperience
- Bad weather conditions
- Road conditions
- Animal crossings
- Construction zones
Types of car accidents
There are likely an infinite number of ways two vehicles can crash into one another and cause injuries, death and property damage. The following are a few examples of a few common types of single and multi-car accidents:
- Rear-end car accidents. Rear-end collisions are the most common type of car accident, which often occur because of lack of attention to the task of driving on the part of the rear striking vehicle, which is most often the one at fault for causing the crash. If the vehicle that was rear-ended did not have functioning brake lights and stopped unexpectedly to turn without signaling, they might share some of the responsibility for causing the crash.
- Head-on car crashes. These occur when two vehicles traveling in opposite directions toward each other and neither vehicle stops before they collide, head-on into one another. Head-on crashes can cause serious if not fatal injuries.
- Broadside crashes. Also known as “T-bone” accidents, these sometimes occur at an intersection when a driver going in one direction fails to see the stop sign or stop light and crashes into the side panel of another vehicle. Injuries for back seat passengers in broadside crashes can be devastation as the side panels of a vehicle do not always provide the same crumple zone protection as the front or back end of the vehicle.
- Sideswipe car accidents. A sideswipe happens when two vehicles traveling side-by-side in the same direction collide with the side of each other’s vehicle. Often sideswipe accidents are caused by distracted driving, or because of reckless aggressive driving which causes the driver to lose some control of the vehicle.
- Rollover crashes. Older model sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are sometimes prone to rolling over if the driver takes a tight turn too fast. If all the vehicle’s occupants are not restrained, a rollover crash can cause them to be ejected from the vehicle causing devastating injuries and death.
- Single-vehicle accidents. These can occur when a driver crashes into a tree, a light pole, the side of a building or some other immoveable object. Sometimes these collisions are caused by a dangerous road or a distracted driver; sometimes they occur when a person tries to avoid hitting a pedestrian or bicycle rider.
- Uber and Lyft accidents. Making a claim for compensation can be challenging when you are injured in a car crash involving Uber or Lyft – whether as a passenger, a driver, or a person in the other vehicle – and the rideshare driver is to blame. It depends on which policy covers the crash. Contact us to learn more.
Examples of car accident injuries
When cars collide with each other, a car with a truck or two trucks crash, there are many types of injuries that can occur including:
- Head and neck injuries such as a fractured skull, whiplash or broken neck.
- Traumatic brain injury which can cause lifelong disability can occur when the brain crashes into the inside front and back of the skull causing lasting damage to the delicate structures of the brain.
- Back injuries can cause pain, limited range of motion and disability.
- Spinal cord injury from a blunt force impact can cause partial or total paralysis, which will require ongoing medical care.
- Internal organ damage such as a punctured lung, bruised kidney, lacerated liver or spleen and other injuries can lead to the loss of the organ, internal bleeding, infection and death.
- Bone fractures, shoulder, wrist, knee, ankle and broken foot bones can occur from the impact of the car crash.
- Burn injuries which can vary in severity depending on whether they are first, second or third-degree burns, and what percentage of the body has been burned.
How long do I have to file a car accident claim in Arkansas?
The legal time limit for filing a personal injury case is different in every state, and the legal name for it is the statute of limitations. In Arkansas, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is three years from the date of the injury. If your injury related to the incident is not discovered immediately, the discovery rule affords you to opportunity to file your claim three years from the date you discovered the injury or were diagnosed with a condition related to the injury.
Am I required to hire a Little Rock car accident lawyer for my injury case?
You are not required to hire a car accident lawyer to represent your injury case, but you can bet that the insurance company for the driver that caused the crash will have legal representation. Those lawyers, who work for a national insurance company have the single-minded purpose of protecting the profits of their company.
Without the services of an experienced Little Rock car accident lawyer, you will not know how to investigate the crash and identify the party that caused it. You will not know what evidence is important to gather, you will not know how important it is to interview any eye witnesses, nor will you be as adept at knowing the potential value of your case and negotiating with the insurance company’s lawyers to obtain a fair settlement. How will you know when it is time to stop negotiating and instead take the case to trial? A skilled Little Rock car accident attorney from Bailey & Greer is never intimidated about going to trial so that they can have a better chance at recovering a fair settlement.
So, no, you are never required to hire a car accident lawyer, but if you want to receive the full value for your injury case, you should consider the benefit of having a capable advocate on your side as you pursue compensation for your injuries.
Schedule a free consultation with the experienced car accident attorneys at Bailey & Greer today
Our Little Rock car accident attorneys are here to represent you when you want to pursue compensation after you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident. Our office is just 5 mins walk from Little Rock Zoo by the Park Plaza Mall, you may call us at 501-213-1512 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with a car accident lawyer now.